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Chevallier, David  / Valentin Ceccaldi: Zebres (Ayler)

Two generations of improvisers--Valentin Ceccaldi on cello the senior, and the younger performer, David Chevallier on electric guitar and 6- and 12-stringed acoustic guitars--meet for the first time to intertwine strings in Nantes, France, with Benjamin Duboc recording seven diverse dialogs of imaginative style and authoritative technique.

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UPC: 7320470215616

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: AyLcd-157
Squidco Product Code: 26499

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Le Grand, in Nantes, France, on October 6th, 2017, by Benjamin Duboc.


Valentin Ceccaldi-cello

David Chevallier-electric guitar, 6 and 12 stringed acoustic guitars

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"Valentin Ceccaldi was born on February 3, 1989. He had the opportunity to study with Raphaële Semezis, Florian Lauridon, Joëlle Léandre, Vincent Courtois, Elise Dabrowski, Pascal Contet, PRINT and Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer. He regularly performs with Marcel & Solange (Third Group Prize at La Défense 2011), Théo Ceccaldi Trio (winner of Orléans'Jazz 2011, finalist of the Jazz Springboard in Vienna 2011), Walabix (winner Orléans'Jazz 2009, , MÃ © dic Collignon Quartet + Strings (project around King Crimson), Eric Amrofel Trio, Toons (Marcel & Solange + Theo Ceccaldi Trio) and Durio Zibethinus (acoustic duet). He multiplied the collaborations in universes ranging from classical music (Orchestra of Orleans, Orchestra of the Opéra de Massy) to the song (Emel Mathlouthi, Stéphan Rizon, Céline Mastrorelli, Al) , The badly dressed birds). In 2010, he co-founded The Builders of Bridges, a collective of improvisers based on Orléans."

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"David Chevallier is a maverick.

Refusing to be confined within a musical style, he cultivates his difference, and creates works at the intersection of universes that are a priori remote from one another. Perhaps this is due to his personal trajectory - musician parents, a thorough training in the classical guitar, empirical discovery of jazz, improvisation and composition - or perhaps it is no more than a form of resistance. Whether as an instrumentalist in the groups of Laurent Dehors, Patrice Caratini, John Taylor and Jean-Marie Machado, or as leader of his own projects, David Chevallier has always shown a determination to be original.

Hence, after setting to music novellas by Dino Buzzati and poems by Cesare Pavese (in his astonishing album ‘The Rest is Silence' written specially for Élise Caron), David Chevallier recalled the madrigals of Gesualdo, which had made a strong impression on him, and conceived this programme of ‘Gesualdo Variations'. He subsequently worked on the lute songs of John Dowland with the soprano Anne MagouĎt, also a member of the ‘Gesualdo Variations' team, and the theorbist Bruno Helstroffer.

Then came ‘Is That Pop Music', with the remarkable singer David Linx and four faithful companions: Yves Robert, Christophe Monniot, Michel Massot, and Denis Charolles.

Eclecticism and coherence, a taste for risk-taking, and sensuous pleasure: these are the key words that characterise this resolutely atypical musician."

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track listing:

1. NOIR (3:56)

2. OIRN (3:38)

3. IRNO (7:58)

4. BLANC (13:01)

5. LANCB (6:06)

6. ANCBL (10:29)

7. NCBLA (8:02)
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"The gathering of two open-minded instrumentalists, a generation apart from one another. A second encounter made possible by the label, after having heard a first 'on-the-fly' recording, this one recorded over a full day and lovingly edited so you get the most of these two great musicians' improvised "fireworks".

Ignoring any dogmatism, Valentin Ceccaldi and David Chevallier create ephemeral, unclassifiable musical pieces, sometimes rough, sometimes silky. Their imagination feeds on so many soundscapes that it can not be limited to a single style."-Ayler Records

"Inside the CD, a phrase by René Char, and a poem by Robert Desnos. On the back of this maxim of May 68, gathered on the walls endowed with word (s), and which would be diverted from a certain Donatien Alphonse François that one called Sade: "Freedom is the crime which contains all the crimes. This is our absolute weapon!". The color is clearly announced: free like the air, like the instant irrepressible, as the desire and the desire to go beyond the limit, what some would believe impossible.

Two instrumentalists-improvisers-composers, two musicians out of the ordinary, and ready for any adventure. Adventures, the guitarist, who has a generation ahead, has lived in groups, but his young colleague cellist is not outdone, because he is working hard. Here we improvise. A note, a phrase, is thrown like a bottle into the sea, and in the moment the musical idea fructifies, escapes and is metamorphosed by the grace of dialogue. If I dared, without fear of the cliché, I would write "It's magic! ". It is written, and I assume, but beyond the convenient formula that makes it possible to attempt to express the unspeakable, it is simply the expression of an obviousness: in this meeting, what happens sometimes (as often as possible!), improvisation without a net product of musical happiness, as immediate as resistant to the analysis of multiple plays. A real big moment of improvised music!"-Xavier Prévost, OverBlog (translated by Google)

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