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Sangliers (Dave Rempis / Keefe Jackson / Christine Wodrascka /  Didier Lasserre / Peter Orins): Mini (The Bridge Sessions)

The Bridge is a transatlantic network that connects improvisers across national boundaries, here connecting US Chicago-based musicians Keefe Jackson (saxophones & bass clarinet), Dave Rempis (saxophones), with French improvisers Christine Wodrascka (piano), Didier Lasserre (drums) and Peter Orins (drums) for a 2018 recording in Lille, France.
 

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Label: The Bridge Sessions
Catalog ID: TBS11
Squidco Product Code: 29390

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at La Malterie, in Lille, France, on February 11th, 2018, by Peter Orins.


Personnel:

Keefe Jackson-sopranino saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

Dave Rempis-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Christine Wodrascka-piano

Didier Lasserre-drums

Peter Orins-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Keefe Jackson, saxophonist/clarinetist/improvisor/composer, arrived in Chicago in 2001 from his native Fayettevile, Arkansas. He performs regularly in the U.S. and in Europe with many musicians including Pandelis Karayorgis, Tomeka Reid, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed, Jason Stein, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Frank Rosaly, Oscar Jan Hoogland and Marc Unternaehrer. He has also appeared with Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Michiel Braam, Satoko Fujii, and Anthony Coleman. Bill Meyer (Chicago Reader): "...the impeccable logic of his lines and the richness of his tone leave you wanting more... Jackson's high-register squiggles and coarsely voiced, rippling runs push the limits of the tenor's tonal envelope." Frank van Herk, de Volkskrant (Amsterdam): "[Jackson] has an old-fashioned, warm-woolly sound, and a feeling for melodic lines that take their time in unfolding." He has been mentioned in the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone category. Recordings are available on Delmark and Clean Feed Records."

-Keefe Jackson Website (http://www.keefejackson.com/)
9/16/2020

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"Dave Rempis was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts on March 24th, 1975. He began his musical studies at the age of 8, inspired by a family friend who played clarinet in local Greek bands, and by Zoot, of the Muppets Band, to pick up saxophone. During high school he performed in his town, district, and all-state bands and wind ensembles, as well as in a jazz combo at a local music school.

In 1993, Rempis began a degree in classical saxophone at Northwestern University with Frederick Hemke. Finding this environment stifling, Rempis quickly ditched the music degree to pursue studies in anthropology and ethnomusicology. As part of these studies, he spent a year at the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana, Legon, studying African music and ethnomusicology. He also continued to perform with many different types of groups, ranging from highlife and reggae bands while in Ghana, to jazz, free jazz, funk, and contemporary music ensembles at home. He graduated from Northwestern in 1997.

Upon graduating, Rempis decided to focus on performing, and in March of 1998 at the age of 22 was asked to replace veteran saxophonist Mars Williams in the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents.

During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop the many Chicago-based groups and international collaborations for which he's currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Many of these groups have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Not Two, Clean Feed, Solitaire, and Utech record labels. Past collaborations have included performances with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, Tony Buck, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named regularly since 2006 in the annual Downbeat Critics's Poll as a "rising star" on alto saxophone, and as a "rising star" and "established talent" on baritone saxophone.

Aside from performing, Rempis is also active as a presenter. Since 2002, he's curated a weekly Thursday-night concert series for the Elastic Arts Foundation. The series has featured over 500 concerts by some of the best improvisers from around the world, while maintaining a focus on up-and-coming local musicians. In late 2005, Rempis helped form the presenters' collective Umbrella Music, working with a small group of musicians and presenters in Chicago to provide better playing opportunities for creative and improvising musicians. As part of this group, he organized the annual Umbrella Music Festival from 2006-2014.

Rempis is also one of the main organizers of the indie-rock Pitchfork Music Festival, a 60,000-person event which takes place in Chicago's Union Park every July."

-Dave Rempis Website (http://daverempis.com/bio/)
9/16/2020

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"Christine Wodrascka (born onJune 15, 1957 in Aix en Provence) is a pianist of the French improvised and contemporary music scene, based in Toulouse (France).

Sister of the writer Alain Wodrascka, Christine Wodrascka comes from a Slavo-Provençal family. His grandfather, Charles Rostaing was a French linguist, specialist in French toponymy in general and in Provence in particular.

She started music at a very young age with the classical piano and very quickly turned to the creation of free score pieces for her pleasure. Being able to make music while being completely free was a real eye opener. It was around the age of 20 that she moved to total improvisation, through jazz.

In parallel, Christine Wodrascka did university studies in musicology until obtaining the CAPES in music education.

She obtained a special performance award at the Music Jazz Focus in Bordeaux with the improvised music group Nothing Toulouse, is a winner of the Cap d'Agde jazz competition and composes for the groups she has created since 1992.

Experimental, Christine Wodrascka uses her grand piano as an instrument not only for strings but also for percussion, diving into her piano to strike, rub or stroke the strings with all types of accessories such as a scallop or a wooden rod to express a new language. For Christine Wodrascka, improvised music is both the means of expression closest to her and a true philosophy whose unique and authentic moments she defends.

The duo is his favorite training because it is both intimate and united, while having a precise discourse: play while listening to the other."

-People Pill (France) (Translated by Google) (https://peoplepill.com/people/christine-wodrascka/)
9/16/2020

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"Didier Lasserre was born in Bordeaux, France, 1971. Started the drums at the age of sixteen, in order to live something else. After learning some drums rudiments in the local music school, he works essentially in autodidact, in order to find his own voice. Teaches drums and leads improvision workshop. Works with painting, poetry, dance, super8, photography. Has played through Europe, Russia, Argentina. Has recorded around 30 records (Amor fati, Dark Tree records, Ayler records, Improvising beings, No business records...)

BANDS: Solo (drums or percussion); "Ceremony" with Jean-Luc Cappozzo; "Ici en deux" with Michel Doneda; "Out !" with Jean-Luc Guionnet; "Soft Eyes" with Raymond Boni; "Hors ciel" with Beñat Achiary; "Twigs" with Thierry Waziniak; "Pourtant les cimes" with Daunik Lazro & Benjamin Duboc; "Noise Poetry" with Mathias Pontevia & David Chiesa; "The rich horn" with Paul Rogers & Jean-Luc Cappozzo; Trio with Jean-Luc Cappozzo & Daunik Lazro ( cd on Ayler records, 2017); Group4 with Jean-Luc Guionnet, David Chiesa & Lionel Marchetti); "Délivrance" (Cie Translation); "Ensemble UN" "

-Didier Lasserre Website (http://didierlasserre.free.fr/main.php?lang=en&page=bio)
9/16/2020

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"After classical music study, Peter Orins learns the drums, first in a rock and afro-cuban music school, then at the Conservatoire National de Région of Lille in the jazz section, where he studies with Guy Gilbert, Jean-François Canape, Gérard Marais... He graduates in 1997. In the meantime, he studies musicology at university, improvisation with Fred Van Hove, composition with Jean-Marc Chouvel and Ricardo Mandolini.

Playing jazz from the middle of the 90's, he plays in the bands that will create in 2000 the Circum collective : Impression (for which he composes, became Flu(o) in 2012), Quartet Base, Stefan Orins Trio. He coordinates the Circum collective till its fusion with the CRIME in 2010, and creates the Circum Grand Orchestra, band with the 10 musicians of Circum, for which he composes also occasionally. At the same time Peter Orins get in the CRIME projects, improvised and experimental music collective also based at la malterie in Lille. He plays especially in La Pieuvre, big improvisation orchestra conducted by Olivier Benoit (nowadays Artistic Director of L'Orchestre National de Jazz). It's with the Crime that he'll develop his solo work (drums and electronic with Pure Data application), and improvised and experimental projects with David Bausseron, Laurent Rigaut, Ivann Cruz, Christian Pruvost, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Benjamin Duboc, Yanik Miossec, Falter Bramnk, ... in bands like DBPO, De Nouvelles Erreurs, Signal Box, Electropus, Ternoy/Cruz/Orins (that will become Toc, free-rock progressive band)... In 2006, he leads a french-vietnamese project called Hué/Circum with the support of Region Nord Pas de Calais, which combines 4 musicians from Circum and 3 traditional vietnamese musicians from Hué (tour in Vietnam, Japan and France, from 2006 to 2009). In 2010, he creates a french-japanese quartet with pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpet players Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost, band for which he composes with Satoko Fujii. Several international tours with this band (Japan, Israel, Germany, France, USA, Canada). In 2011, Ivann Cruz, guitar player from Muzzix, and Maciej Garbowski, polish double-bass player, invite him to play in their quartet with the finnish saxophone player Kari Heinila. He also collaborates with theatre, composes for cinema or animation movies, dance... Since the creation of Muzzix in 2010, Peter Orins coordinates the artistic direction of the collective.

He played with : Sophie Agnel, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Benjamin Duboc, Radu Malfati, Steve Dalachinsky, Andrew D'Angelo, Petr Cancura, Josh Sinton, Curtis Hasselbring, Joe Morris, Rene Hart, David Miller, Frank London, Nate Wooley, Renee Baker, Ernest Dawkins, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, Jacques Di Donato, François Corneloup, Norbert Lucarain, Sylvain Kassap, Alain Vankenhove, Camel Zekri, ..."

-Peter Orins Website (http://www.peterorins.com/biography/)
9/16/2020

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track listing:


1. Strozzii 11:48

2. Cristatus 10:32

3. Ukh Ukh 8:36

4. Gu Gu Gu 17:37
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"In the beginning was free music. And a taste for adventure. If you've ever wondered how a team of improvising musicians stabilizes, even though they've decided to work in instability, then these Sangliers are for you. Five forces of nature who intend to dedicate and devote themselves to free, total and collective improvisation, and who have very serious reasons for doing so. One of them would be that Keefe Jackson, Dave Rempis, Christine Wodraska, Didier Lasserre and Peter Orins have answered the call of The Bridge, a transatlantic network that connects improvisers from here and there, from France and the United States, in the form of formations that are always mixed, always hybrid, always phenomenal. Another reason, not the least, is that for these five musicians, improvisation is a method and a philosophy. When music derives from direct actions, reactions and interactions (interferences) between the players, without the mediation of a leader (an authority), a score (a writing) or a structure (a law), only the forces at work and the forces of nature, always fluctuating, to which they incessantly end up according to their transactions in situ and in real time, matter. Here and now. The internal functioning, the functional agility, of such a group of individuals, at once mobile, tactical and operational, certainly has political resonances, evoking for example the concept of swarm intelligence put forward by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri: one distinguishes oneself by testing, soliciting and upsetting one another, by positive or negative reciprocity, from consensus to dissensus and back, by playing with all the power relations between a plurality of subjects recognized as such. We also play with the distribution of roles and functions by exercising a critical spirit and a creative imagination that is justly overflowing: we invent and adjust, construct, deconstruct and reconstruct together and permanently, in a dialogical, antiphonic or polyphonic way...

If you still doubt that it is a method and a philosophy among these improvisers, listen to Didier Lasserre for whom such adventures give "the opportunity to experience the very possibility of encounter (musical, social, human) in a marked, identified aesthetic (the free - in the broadest sense - from its American roots to its European diversions): how can you be yourself and, through this encounter, how can you escape yourself as well (in the words of Barre Philips, "try to widen the circle")." Keefe Jackson comes back to the very idea of being strangers to one another: "If we are improvisers and feel concerned by the acts of presence we make at each moment, to answer questions like 'Who am I? "or "Who are they" will not help us make music. Improvising with strangers can be very stimulating in itself: it is easier to avoid expectations, familiar paths that distract us from what is really happening. It can even help us find a way to the proverbial and coveted clean slate, which is also timeless." Dave Rempis reminds us that these encounters are always unique because "everyone has an approach as distinctive as their fingerprint. Working with as many improvisers as possible gives you a better understanding of musical solutions and possibilities, and forces your own language to expand into new areas of discovery." Introductions between these five forces were made in France in January and February 2018. It is in Chicago and the Midwest that they will now be unleashed. "-The Bridge Sessions

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