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Riquelme, Matias / Fernando Ulzion: La Trahison Des Mots (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Using the natural resonance of the Apodaka church in Alava, Spain, the Bilbao-based experimental improvising duo of cellist Francia Matías Riquelme and saxophonist Fernando Ulzion on soprano and alto, present an introspective and informed set of works titled as iconic jazz compositions, an implication of the impressionist approach their expansive and thoughtful playing invokes.

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UPC: 5905279364639

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: FSR 04 | 2020
Squidco Product Code: 28482

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Apodaka church in Alava, Spain, on April 22nd, 2018 by Joxean Rivas.


Matias Riquelme-cello

Fernando Ulzion-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

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"La Trahison Des Mots (The Treachery of Words), the album of Bilbao-based experimental duo of cellist Matias Riquelme and sax player Fernando Ulzion was inspired by Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte's famous 1929 painting La Trahison Des Images (The Treachery of Images, also known as This is Not a Pipe). The album was recorded live at the church of the town Apodaka church, near the city of Vitoria in the Spanish Basque country, in April 2018.

The free-improvised set of Riquelme and Ulzion plays with titles of the pieces in a similar manner as Magritte did with his surreal images. Some of the pieces are titled after familiar standards - "Round Midnight", "In a Silent Way", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Tenderly", "Lonely Woman" and more. But these titles radiate only Riquelme and Ulzion immediate, imaginative free-associations and do not attempt to follow the original themes at all.

Riquelme and Ulzion enjoy the reverberating space of Apadaka church, letting their sound travel and resonate in the church room. There are times where they sound as colliding, exposing hidden sonorities, but more often Riquelme and Ulzion are focused on expanding and developing each other's ideas and eventually melt their own distinct vocabularies and extended bowing and breathing techniques into one sonic entity. Ulzion, on the soprano and alto saxes, opts for long blows and cries and a strong lyrical and clear, ethereal voice that navigates gently in the church space, while Riquelme tone is briefer, often dirty and distorted upfront and earthy, but together they have managed to reach a complete communion. The improvised set is structured as a series of emotional, emphatic meetings and heated arguments and obviously, few surreal and abstract detours, but concludes with a peaceful, compassionate coda."-Eyal Hareuveni, Salt Peanuts

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Artist Biographies

"Cellist, composer, improviser, but above all a musical experiment, Francia Mat’as Riquelme has been involved in both contemporary and underground music, in solo works and across ensembles that he has directed, like Cellp, a project that merges jazz, electronics, rock, classical and improvised music in diverse dimensions."

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Fernando Ulzion is a Spanish guitarist based in Bilbao, known for his trio with Mat’as Riquelme, Miguel A. Garc’a, Fernando Ulzi—n, and his duo with cellist Matias Riquelme.

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Track Listing:

1. A Foggy Day 5:52

2. Sephardic Light 3:54

3. Speak Low 2:30

4. Round Midnight 4:38

5. Footprints 3:22

6. In A Silent Way 2:11

7. Prelude To A Kiss 4:42

8. Last Train Home 5:43

9. Tenderly 3:13

10. Call It Anything 4:14

11. Lonely Women 3:24

12. Equinox 3:03

13. Fly me to the Moon 4:24

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Duo Recordings
Stringed Instruments
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players
Recordings Utilizing the Natural Resonance of a Space

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