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Bondi, Cyril  : Euhesma, 2017 (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Swiss composer and percussionist Cyril Bondi, recording with d'incise, renders his piece "euhesma" (a genus within the bee family in Australia), a work performed on indian harmonium, melodica, harmonica, pitch pipes, and electric organ that slowly introduces and overlaps tones, varying the pitch, harmony, and amplitude to create rich aural environments.
 

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Cyril Bondi-harmonium, melodica, harmonica, pitch pipes

d'incise-harmonium, electric organ, melodica


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UPC: 4011778040910

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1714
Squidco Product Code: 25291

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels


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"The roots of Swiss composer, performer, and improviser Cyril Bondi are in percussion, but his work in recent years, particularly through his collaborations with fellow countryman d'incise, has embraced a much wider scope. This version of his piece 'euhesma' features indian harmonium, melodica, harmonica, pitch pipes, and electric organ. In many experimental music scores, sounds are represented by rectangular blocks indicating the duration for which they should be sustained, but in my imagination the score for 'euhesma' looks less like a series of blocks and more like a mountain range, starting out as a child's drawing of simple outlines and quickly becoming much more detailed and complex.

The instruments chosen by Bondi and d'incise for this recording don't offer a great range of timbral colours, but contours and shading are effectively delineated through changes in pitch, harmony, volume, and what I like to think of more generally as the intensity or energy of how a sound is performed. Sometimes undulating gently, sometimes rising majestically in steep and jagged peaks, the music effectively evokes the full gamut of mountainous terrains. There are deep canyons here too, not of silence but of pitch; when silence or very low volume is used, I perceive flatness rather than the abyss.

Like all metaphors, the mountain image eventually breaks down, failing to capture all the nuances of what in the end is simply and specifically music. Some ideas, such as the repeated flaring of notes in the manner of a pulsing lighthouse, seem to recur several times; the mood at the end of the piece, with its minor-key pacing, is perhaps a little dark or sombre. Despite having a number of very experienced and gifted composers on its roster, Edition Wandelweiser is doing a great job of presenting recordings of work by younger emerging talent, of which "euhesma" is a fine example. Anyone interested in the possible paths experimental music may take in the future should keep an ear out for this label and for innovative and subtle artists such as Bondi."- Nathan Thomas, Fluid Radio


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Artist Biographies

"Cyril Bondi (drums, percussion) Born in 1980 in Geneva.

In February 1994, he discovered with passion the battery in the basement of a neighborhood house. His first teacher, Alain Frey, quickly taught him the technical bases of his instrument for four years. At the same time, he is interested in jazz and follows workshops at the AMR from 1998 to 2002 as well as Raùl Esmerode's lessons at the CPM in Geneva where he graduated in 2002.

First experiences with the "irony of sound" of which he is a founding member. Atypical group, bringing together a rapper, a harmonica, a guitar and a drums, "the irony of sound" offers for ten years an unclassifiable music, traveling between improvised music and traditional music. (4 albums, a hundred concerts in Switzerland).

At the same time, he is interested in improvised music and jazz and works with musicians from here and elsewhere such as Otomo Yoshihide, Eric Pailhe, Johann Bourquenez, Gabriel Zufferey, Christian Graf, Christophe Berthet, Guillaume Perret and Nicolas Sordet. , Manuel Gesseney, Alex Allflat, Jean Ferarini, Andrès Neira, Martin Wisard, Philippe Helfer, Pascal Alba, ...

From his meeting with the saxophonist Gaël Riondel and the electroacousticien d'incise was born "diatribes", trio with clearly freejazz consonances. (1 album on altrisuoni, 6 albums on the net, tour in Poland (May 06), Italy (Jan 07).

Without stopping in search of new spaces to explore, he uses his instrument as a means to address unknown or surreal worlds to better understand the one in which he produces sound. This enthusiasm for all music pushes him to multiply the experiences in sometimes radically different styles: Jonas (hip-hop), Ianeq (electro), Pascal Alba Group (jazz rock), Pierre Lautomne (French song), Kara (Afro) .

He has appeared during the Jazz Contreband 04 festival, Balelec 05, Cully jazz festval off 05, Festival Electron 06, the AMR festival at Cropettes 05-06, as well as in Switzerland, France, Italy and Poland."

-MX3 (Translated by Google) (https://mx3.ch/cyril_bondi)
2/21/2024

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"Laurent PETER, a.k.a. d'incise (Geneva, 1983), drifting musician, grew up inbetween dub sound system and experimental electronic music. Sound explorer, he has no perticular instrument, using whatever can be considered as such, softwares, recordings, objects, percussions, harmonium, etc. He's interested in radicalism, reductionnism, repetitions and conceptual approaches, building specific set-up for each new occasion, in improvised or composed context. He tends to extract the most tiny details of the elements, appreciates slowness and obsessive explorations of simple processes. He's, since many years with Cyril Bondi, behind the INSUB. label, orchetra, the Diatribes duo, and many other things, and does graphic designs."

-d'incise Website (http://www.dincise.net/bio.html)
2/21/2024

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1. Euhesma 40:18

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