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GGRIL [feat John Butcher / Isaiah Ceccarelli / Xavier Charles]: Facon [2 CDs] (Circum-Disc)

The Quebec ensemble GGRIL of eclectic instrumentation, acoustic and electronic, with an open-minded approach to developing large-scale works bringing together approaches to improvisation and contemporary composition, here presenting three works from residencies with John Butcher, Isaiah Ceccarelli and Xavier Charles recorded from 2016 through 2018.
 

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Alexandre Robichaud-trumpet

Catherine S. Massicotte-violin

Eric Normand-electric bass

Gabriel Rochette-Beriau-trombone

Luke Dawson-bass

Mathieu Gosselin-baritone saxophone

Olivier D'Amours-electric guitar

Robert Bastien-electric guitar

Antoine Letourneau-Berger-percussion

Raphael Arsenault-violin

Sebastien Corriveau-bass clarinet

Thomas Gaudet-Asselin-electric bass

Pascal Landry-classical guitar

Remy Belanger de Beauport-cello

Robin Servant-accordion

Elizabeth Lima-clarinet

Marc-Antoine Mackin-Guay-bass guitar

Isabelle Clermont-harp

Jonathan Huard-percussion

Caroline Kraabel-alto saxophone

Ingrid Laubrock-tenor saxophone

John Butcher-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone


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UPC: 193428328365

Label: Circum-Disc
Catalog ID: microcidi014
Squidco Product Code: 27470

Format: 2CDS
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the Desjardins-Telus Room, in Rimouski, Canada, on May 1st, 2016, by Robin Servant; at the Desjardins-Telus Room, in Rimouski, Canada, on October 27th, 2018, by Val Bernatchez; recorded at Coop Paradis, in Rimouski, Canada, April 22nd, 2018, by Antoine Letourneau-Berger.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"GGRIL is a large group of improvisers from a small town in eastern Quebec who bring together a colorful and electric instrumentation, a playful and raw dive into liberated territory. GGRIL has been active since 2007 and, in addition to developing a personal repertoire, has worked with musicians of the calibre of Jean Derome, Evan Parker (Uk), Michael Ficher (Au), and Ingrid Laubrock (USA).

Facons brings together monolithic and obstinate music created during residencies with John Butcher, Isaiah Ceccarelli and Xavier Charles. "Organon" was commissioned from Isaiah Ceccarelli in 2016 and premiered in Rimouski on May 1 of the same year. It is a series of monolithic agreements. We must imagine the sound of a great organ, an orchestra of 500 viols playing in unison, a hurdy-gurdy, several bells ringing at the same time, rattles, a crackling sound, a forest fire.

"On Your Knees" was inspired by a workshop done with Xavier Charles in 2015. The piece is a listening exercise that is now part of the GGRIL's concert repertoire.

"Local Fixations: was commissioned from John Butcher and premiered with him in April 2018 in Rimouski. Interested in the contrasts of timbres and manners, this piece is the one that leaves the most room for improvisation."-Circum-Disc


Artist Biographies

Alexandre Robichaud is a Canadian trumpeter, known for the bands Le Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée, Equse, GGRIL, Incipit, and work with Éric Normand.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/3548610)
6/12/2024

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"After several years of studies in classical violin and literature, Catherine S Massicotte turned her musical practice upside down, switching from performer to improviser and sound artist. Cutting codes open, she favours the communicational aspect, the meeting, and the exchange. She aims for a less rational understanding of the instrument and its functions. She is involved in several projects and ensembles, including Tutu Combo, Minus 3, P.O.W.E.R., and Grand groupe régional d'improvisation libérée (GGRIL)."

-ElectroCD (https://electrocd.com/en/artiste/massicotte_ca/Catherine_S_Massicotte)
6/12/2024

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"Eric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings. As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture. With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Sébastien Cirotteau (trumpet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.

He also play in bands involved in a more specific musical genre as danced poetry with BABABA, instrumental theatre with Le Veau/ The Veal, songs with Les Pitounes and Éric Normand Chante and folk music with The Surruralits and RRRRoyal Canadian Free Form Folk Experience. Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer. His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations."

-Eric Normand 6/12/2024

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Mathieu Gosselin is a Canadian saxophone player, known for the groups Extasick, and The Kustom Krowd Vokal Ensemble.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1657717-Mathieu-Gosselin)
6/12/2024

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"Olivier D'Amours is a guitarist, audio artist and sound performer living in Rimouski. His musical influences range from rock to jazz through noise and modern music. He specializes in tailor-made effects chains for each project, in alternative tunings as well as in sound synthesis in video. He is part of the Large Regional Group of Improvised Music (Vivaces, Combines, Gestes), of the duo Les Monocytes (Spirospatial, Deer Island) and is a founding member of the Montreal noise collective La Forêt Rouge (Cassette, Hors de tout doubt reasonable, Hors of any unreasonable doubt, and if there is any doubt)."

-Supermusiqu (https://www.supermusique.qc.ca/en/artistes/damours_ol)
6/12/2024

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Robert Bastien is a Canadian guitarist, known for his work with GGRIL ( Le Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée).

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2263380)
6/12/2024

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"Having first studied piano with Carmen Parent was younger, Antoine Létoumeau-Berger discovered the drums at the age of 13 years to finally enroll in 2004 Rimouski Conservatory of Music in Gabriel Dionne percussion class . He is currently studying at the undergraduate level and prepares his final examination 3 "cycle (Superior I). He taught for 3 years alongside drums and percussion music Ecole du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Over the past years he was part of Rythmus percussion group. However, his interest in music is not limited only to classical percussion. Antoine also practices rnusicale sometimes acoustic improvisation, sometimes more electronic. it happened on various occasions through collective tower arm in Rimouski, Moncton, Montreal and Saguenay as the Grand freed regional improv group that drifts Music and Ze Big band. in summer 2009, he was resident musician with duo . traces of improvised music Also, he regularly indulges in sound recording and composition in 2009 iI dialed phone game, a solo piece for multiple percussion, vibraphone and rnarimba;. he co-wrote Fissure, a work for orchestra and composed music to I'occasion spontaneous meetings the inner ear, serni-improvised piece for clarinet, violin, double bass and drums. In March 2010, it launched under the name of The Eye and the Monocle his first record intifulé , ambient music that depicts disparate sound worlds."

-AACMR Website (translated by Google) (http://aacmr.ca/letourneau-berger-antoine-percussionniste.php&prev=search)
6/12/2024

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Sébastien Corriveau is a Canadian clarinetist, known for the ensemble GGRIL.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/7052825-S%C3%A9bastien-Corriveau)
6/12/2024

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Thomas Gaudet-Asselin is a Canadian bassist, a member of GGRIL and SouphL.

-Rate Your Music (https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/thomas-gaudet-asselin/credits/)
6/12/2024

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"Pascal Landry is a Canadian guitarist, known for the band Acédia."

-Squidco 6/12/2024

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"As a musician, Rémy Bélanger de Beauport is first and foremost a free-improv cellist. He plays piano for ballet classes, electric bass, guitar and drums for rock bands and vocals in different contexts. As a mathematician, he has taught college-level math. He also organizes events and gets himself involved in many causes.

Originally from Québec City, Rémy's artistic practice as an experimental musician dates back to his teenage years. Influenced by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Nirvana, he publishes a first recording in 2003, with noise trio soda pop for a Déluge/Alterflow compilation. The same year, he releases an album as duo KL6 39E, on guitar, before switching over to the cello, starting the Fenaison trio with a first album on Ambiances Magnétiques in 2007.

Since then, he has been active in many long and short term projects: as a singer in Ensemble Partiel, he performs Stimmung, by Karlheinz Stockhausen; as a free-improv cellist, he plays in Le Veau / The Veal on Cuchabata Records (Faire l'amour aux banques, 2015) and is regularly invited to play one-off concerts. As the cellist in GGRIL (an improvisers' orchestra based in Rimouski, Québec) he is heard on Combines (Tour de bras, 2015) and has performed in France and Italy as part of a European tour in 2016. While living in Belring in 2015-2016, he formed string trio THUYA with bass player Klaus Kürvers and violinist Gerhard Uebele (Live @ the CLUB, Creative Sources Recordings, 2016) and joined the Berlin Improvisers' Orchestra. He has recently released a flexidisc Angenehmer Duft on Kohlenstoff Records and a solo album D'éclisses on Ambiances Magnétiques.

Rémy often works with dancers and choreographers, like Valerie Sabbah with whom he performs as Roméo & Juliette. He plays piano for ballet classes in various institutions such as L'École supérieure de ballet du Québec, L'École de danse de Québec and the Royal Academy of Dance, Berlin. For the Réseau d'enseignement de la danse, he composed and recorded, with percussionist Steve Hamel, music targeted for the teaching of Simonson Jazz dance in 2015.

Rémy has participated in several festivals as a free-improv cellist, Festival international de musique actuelle in Victoriaville, Francofolies in Montréal, Festival international de la littérature in Montréal, Festival des musiques de créations in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Rencontres de musiques spontanées in Rimouski, Kunst und Kultur Forum in Berlin.

Rémy graduated in composition and music theory at McGill University, in mathematics at Université du Québec à Montréal and participates in improvisation masterclasses, perhaps more notably with Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger and Joëlle Léandre. He has earned scholarships and awards from McGill University in 2003, 2009 and 2010, the Coup de cœur SuperMusique in 2008 with Quintette de l'Halloween and the Prix culturel Rimouskois, pour la relève in 2013."

-Ambiances Magnetiques Website (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/belangerdebeauport_re/)
6/12/2024

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"Robin Servant [Rimouski, Canada] is a musician with a passion for traditional musics, improvisation, and composition. He has worked in many traditional ensembles (Trio Salicorne, Tord-Vis, la Baratte à Beurre, la Marée montante) and also in improvised music groups (GGRIL, duo Escarbilles, Brugir). He tries to make connections between popular traditions and contemporary musics. His work is organized around 2 axes: sharing the experience and experiencing the moment. With Du souffle et de l'espace, he explores the acoustics of the places he visits by making them vibrate with his accordion and electronics."

-International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (http://improvisationinstitute.ca/workshops-conferences/camp/faculty-bios/)
6/12/2024

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"Elizabeth Lima. Born Quebec City, Québec, 1981. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (clarinet). Known for Ample et de l'Ensemble Kô."

-ActuelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/lima_el/)
6/12/2024

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Marc-Antoine Mackin is a Quebec guitarist, known for the group GGRIL, Projet RL, and his work with Éric Normand.

-Squidco 6/12/2024

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"Isabelle Clermont is a Canadian harpist and sound artist, known for her solo work and the ensemble GGRIL."

-Squidco 6/12/2024

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"Caroline Kraabel (born 1961 in Torrance, California) is a London-based American composer, improviser and saxophonist. She is known for her research into the implications of electricity related to recording, synthesis and amplification.

After living in Seattle, Kraabel moved to London while in her teenage years, at the end of the punk era.[1] There she took up the saxophone and became active in London's improvised music scene, eventually developing a style based on the physicality of the instrument, extended techniques and acoustics. She has performed solo and collaborated with John Edwards, Veryan Weston,[2] Charlotte Hug, Maggie Nicols,[3] Phil Hargreaves, and the London Improvisors Orchestra[4] among others. She has also organized and conducted pieces for Mass Producers-a 20-piece, all-female saxophone/voice orchestra[5] and for Saxophone Experimentals in Space-a 55-piece group of young saxophonists, as well as with her two children during walks through the streets of London.

Recordings include Transitions with Maggie Nichols and Charlotte Hug,[6] Five Shadows with Veryan Weston, Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 1 and 2 and Performances for Large Saxophone Ensemble 3 and 4 with Mass Producers and a solo work Now We Are One Two.

Caroline Kraabel has been hosting a weekly radio show on London's Resonance FM[7] and is the editor for the London Musicians Collective's magazine Resonance."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Kraabel)
6/12/2024

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"Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock resides in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London/UK. She performed and/or recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Luc Ex, Django Bates' Human Chain, The Continuum Ensemble and many others.

Ingrid's current projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Orchestra, Ingrid Laubrock Sextet and Ubatuba. Collaborations include LARK,Haste,Paradoxical Frog and Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey Duo.She is a member of Anthony Braxton's Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Andrew Drury's Content Provider, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris' Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley's Battle Pieces and Luc Ex' Assemblée. Ingrid was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton's opera Trillium J.

Awards include the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004, a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award. Commissions include Jammy Dodgers for jazz quintet and dancers (2006), Nonet music for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, SWR New Jazz Meeting 2011 and "Vogelfrei", a piece for chamber orchestra (ACO/Tricentric Foundation). She won Rising Star/soprano saxophone in the 2015 in the 'Downbeat Annual Critics Poll and won the 'El Intruso Critics Poll for tenor saxophone in 2013. Ingrid was Improviser in Residence 2012 in the German city Moers. The post is created to introduce creative music into the city throughout the year. As part of this she led a regular improvisation ensemble and taught sound workshops in elementary schools. Other teaching experiences include improvisation workshops at Towson University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Baruch College, University of Michigan, University of Newcastle and many others."

-Ingrid Laubrock Website (http://ingridlaubrock.com/about.html)
6/12/2024

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"John Butcher's work ranges through improvisation, his own compositions, multitracked pieces and explorations with feedback and extreme acoustics.Originally a physicist, he left academia in '82, and has since collaborated with hundreds of musicians - Derek Bailey, John Tilbury, John Stevens, The EX, Akio Suzuki, Gerry Hemingway, Polwechsel, Gino Robair, Rhodri Davies, Okkyung Lee, John Edwards, Toshi Nakamura, Paul Lovens, Eddie Prevost, Mark Sanders, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Phil Minton, and Andy Moor - to name a few.

He is well known as a solo performer who attempts to engage with the uniqueness of place. Resonant Spaces is a collection of site-specific performances collected during a tour of unusual locations in Scotland and the Orkney Islands.His first solo album, Thirteen Friendly Numbers, includes compositions for multitracked saxophones, whilst later solo CDs focus on live performance, composition, amplification and saxophone-controlled feedback.

HCMF has twice commissioned him to compose for his own large ensembles. Other commissions include for Elision (Australia), the Rova (USA) & Quasar (Canada) Saxophone Quartets, reconstructed Futurist Intonarumori (USA), "Tarab Cuts" (based on pre-WWII Arabic recordings, and shortlisted for the 2014 British Composer's Award) and "Good Liquor .." for the London Sinfonietta. In 2011 he received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists.

Recent groupings include The Apophonics with Robair and Edwards, Anemone with Peter Evans, Plume with Tony Buck & Magda Mayas and a trio with Okkyung Lee & Mark Sanders.Butcher values playing in occasional encounters - ranging from large groups such as Butch Morris' London Skyscraper and the EX Orkestra, to duo concerts with David Toop, Kevin Drumm, Claudia Binder, Paal Nilssen-Love, Thomas Lehn, Fred Frith, Keiji Haino, Ute Kangeisser, Matthew Shipp and Yuji Takahashi."

-John Butcher Website (http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/Biog.html)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Organon 21:09

2. Sur Les Genoux 7:33

CD2



1. Ice Pill Sabotage 6:27

2. Collective Memories I 7:31

3. Wasabi Snarl 2:44

4. Sharp-Eyed Gods 7:58

5. Collective Memories II 8:14

6. Floating Amphora 10:38

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(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc)
Exploring the Venus Flytrap (dionée attrape-mouche) through a trio of electroacoustic improv, with the acoustic elements from Clarisse Beriault on oboe and acoustic bass and Robin Servant on accordion, bassist Éric Normand providing the electric foundation to their sly and savage improvisations, all three using electronics & effects to emulate the thigmonastic carnivore.
Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck)
Tardif
(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc)
The Quebec project Brulez Les Meubles (Burn the Furniture) was conceived by long-time friends and contemporary jazz fans, bassist Eric Normand and guitarist Louis Beaudoin-de la Sablonniere, each collaboration inviting other musicians to join their warm & relaxed approach to modern jazz, here with Jean Derome on saxophone & flute and John Hollenbeck on drums.
Hautzinger, Franz / Eric Normand
Unbelievably Late
(Tour de Bras / Inexhaustible Editions )
Having originally met in 2016 when Viennese trumpeter Franz Hautzinger and Quebec electric bassist Éric Normand formed Torche! with Michel F Cote, Philippe Lauzier and Xavier Charles, the two improvisers developed this collage during the pandemic from asynchronous recordings, creating six dramatic and explorative compositions of incredible and unusual technique.
Davies, Rhodri / Nikos Velitotis
Hotel Art Head [BOOK]
(gwasg amgen)
A curious book of images from artists including Rhodri Davies, John Butcher, Angharad Davies, Richard Dawson, &c. photographed in a location familiar to a touring musician--a budget hotel room--pictured laying on the bed with each artist's head covered by that room's hotel wall painting, from typically insipid to perplexingly unexpected.



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