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Camarasa / Mahler: TbPn (Gigantonium)

Recorded in concert during "Culture with a Big Q" in Toulouse, France in 2017, the duo of Xavier Camarasa on piano/prepared piano and Matthias Mahler on trombone, take Camarasa's compositions and arrange them to alternate between melodic free sections and contemporary abstract passages using extended techniques, heard in this captivating and versatile performance.

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UPC: 3426300100597

Label: Gigantonium
Catalog ID: GIG003TBP1
Squidco Product Code: 25686

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Theatre du Pave, in Toulouse, France, on November 4th, 2017, by Jean-Charles Mouchet.


Xavier Camarasa -piano, prepared piano

Matthias Mahler-trombone

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Artist Biographies:

Xavier Camarasa play piano, prepared piano, Fender Rhodes, and is also a composer. He is a member of Duo Camarasa Foussat, el Aleph, La Pluie Jaune, MILESDAVISQUINTET!, PianoBassBatt, QUINTET, TbPn, and also performs solo.

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"Falling into the small fanfare, Matthias Mahler begins a copper course alongside his trumpet father. Trumpet and tuba first, his last word will be the trombone. He studied the instrument with his first teachers, Charles Hassler and Patrick Hanss then at CNR Stasbourg and CNSM Paris. After various experiments in chamber music and symphonic orchestra, he takes the path of cross and privileges spaces of freedom and improvisation. Meetings with Francois Corneloup, Marc Ducret, Eric Exhampart and Francois Raulin comfort in this direction.

He is currently active in the following formations: the Little Big Campania of Musiques à Ouïr directed by Denis Charolles, X'tet and Ciné X 'tet directed by Bruno Regnier, The Life of Issiba with André Minvielle, Ozma, Taranta Babu, the False Brothers .."

-South Pole (Translated by Google) (

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track listing:

1. Partie 1 8:02

2. Partie 2 DeConstructions SimultaneEs 5:10

3. Partie 3 3:57

4. Partie 4 A 4:27

5. Partie 5 7:13
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"The piano / trombone duet is a fairly new formation in jazz, improvised music or contemporary music. The music is at the crossroads of these three musical worlds and their respective approaches to the duo and the interactions of these two instruments.

Thus the music of TbPn is conceived by the pianist Xavier Camarasa and arranged by the two instrumentalists / composers / improvisers, by elaborating a language and a writing reflecting this problematic.

This language explores the notion of contrast and duality, at different levels of relationship, from marked contrast to stable equilibrium.

This exploration is carried out on the parameters of sounds and musical postures: between writing and improvisation, between sound material and pitch, between rhythm and white noise, between sound event and silence, between two timbres of separate instruments and constitution of a single instrument stamp to two.

The language developed in the 2 suites reflects the saturation of the sound environment, material and digital current, it reports the destructuration and superposition of temporal sound layers, unrelated, that surround us.

Through the search for links, connections and meanings through connection systems in the constitution of a musical language of its own, TbPn intends to develop a poetry and a form of beauty in resonance with its contemporary universe."-Gigantonium (translated by Google)

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Duo Recordings

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