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Charuest, Yves / Benedict Taylor: Knotted Threads (Inexhaustible Editions/Tour De Bras)

Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest and London-based violist Benedict Taylor found common ground in their first meetings in London in 2017, improvising together and performing at Mopomoso, Charuest then inviting Taylor to Montreal in the winter of 2019 for duo performances, leading to this excellent album of confidently fragile interaction and agile attention.

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6-panel digipack with transparent tray. Cover linocut artwork by Éric Normand. Photos by Yefri Ventura (Charuest) & Shaun Cullen (Taylor). Graphic design by László Szakács.

Label: Inexhaustible Editions/Tour De Bras
Catalog ID: ie-040/tdb90048
Squidco Product Code: 31059

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Slovenia
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Studio Concrete in Montreal, Canada on April 19th, 2019, by William Owen Benette.


Yves Charuest-alto saxophone

Benedict Taylor-viola

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"Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest began his professional musical activities in the 1980s, playing with several Canadian musicians such as Michel Ratté, Jean Beaudet, Lisle Ellis, Jean Derome and Pierre Cartier in various bands including I Like Jazz, Evidence, Duo Charuest -Rate, Trio Michel Ratté, Wreck's Progress.

Charuest was a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (with German bassist Peter Kowald and South African drummer Louis Moholo) with whom he performed in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has performed with internationally active musicians including William Parker, John Betsch and Mathias Schubert, and has also collaborated with Canadian electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, jef chippewa and Jean Piché.

Charuest works with various ensembles, including Charuest-Caloia, Still (with Nicolas Caloia and Peter Valsamis), Stir (with Caloia, Valsamis and Agustí Fernández), a quartet with Caloia, Lori Freedman and Josh Zubot, Murray Street Band and The Ratchet Orchestra. He regularly collaborates with Ellwood Epps, John Heward, Philippe Lauzier, Scott Thomson, choreographer Susanna Hood and dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

Charuest won the François-Marcaurelle Award at the 2015 Montreal Offspring of Jazz."

-Yves Charuest Website (translated by Google) (

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"Benedict Taylor is an award winning composer & solo violist specialising in contemporary music and improvisation. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music & Goldsmiths College, and is a leading figure within the area of contemporary composition & string performance, at the forefront of the British & European new and improvised music scene.

He composes, performs & records internationally, in many leading venues and festivals including: Royal Court Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, BBC Arts Online, Berlinale, Venice International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Festival, London Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Cantiere D'Arte di Montepulciano, Edinburgh Festival, CRAM Festival, Cafe Oto, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, The Vortex, Ronnie Scott's, ICA, BBC Radio 3 & 2, Radio Libertaire Paris, Resonance FM London.

Through his work he is involved with a number of higher education institutions, giving composition, improvisation & performance lectures at the Royal College of Music, City University and Goldsmiths College amongst others. He is the founder and artistic director of CRAM, a music collective and independent record label dedicated to new music."

-Benedict Taylor Blogspot (

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track listing:

1. Ossel Hitch 16:29

2. Round Lashing 18:21

3. Poldo Tackle 10:59

4. Chain Sinnet 9:26

5. Bimini Twist 6:31
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"I met Benedict Taylor in London in 2017 where I was doing a six month residency thanks to the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. I heard Benedict perform in ensemble and solo contexts and rapidly felt a strong connection with some of my musical concerns. I was particularly caught by his ability to listen to what sound elicits or suggests as he articulates and shapes it; a dynamic interplay of sensitivity and agency, at times yielding pretty surprising results. We managed to meet for a few private sessions and one short set at Mopomoso. Those encounters confirmed our determination to further explore this connection.

Back in Montréal, I invited Benedict in 2019 to perform with me and another duo partner of mine, Montréal-based dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld with whom I explore the kinetic quality and fragility/instability of movement and sonic threads in improvised dance and music. Around the rehearsals and performances, Benedict and I recorded the music presented on this album, a most rewarding session for both of us that we are happy to share here, especially in these times when world events force us to wait for the possibility to meet in person again and discover new threads to tie. I am grateful to Benedict for his enthusiastic response to my invitation and for sharing music, ideas, friendship, whisky and craft beer..."-Yves Charuest

"I met Yves in 2017 at a concert at Iklectik, London where I was playing at The Horse Improvised Music Club. After my set we chatted about the nature of our work, his background and ongoing work and research in London. We got along and felt it would be a good thing to meet and make some music together in a private setting. Yves invited me to his space where he was living and working as a part of his residency with the Quebec Arts Council.

We connected quickly as both friends and musicians. It was clear to me from the outset that this man had an extraordinary talent as a saxophonist, and a huge pair of ears as a musician, collaborator and a human. A superb listener and playing partner, and importantly a deeply questioning and challenging collaborator.

We knew it would be a good thing to continue working together in some way, though, as is often the case with connections within our musical sphere, we had to figure out some challenging logistics - in this case the Atlantic Ocean. That said after some time talking over distance, discussing ideas and attempts at regrouping - in Berlin, in London, in Canada - Yves was able to invite me for a project in Montreal in the Winter of 2019, playing and recording together as a duo, and collaborating as a trio with the wonderful contemporary dancer Alanna Kraaijeveld.

This album is part of our ongoing dialogue. The continuing musical thread. A knot for us to hold on to for a moment as we prepare to jump back in, and keep weaving."-Benedict Taylor

"Canadian saxophonist Yves Charuest (1960) has been active since the 1980s on the local improvised music scene, and now, his solo work has recently gained renewed momentum. He has always devoted his creative energy to improvisation in varying forms and contexts: free improvisation, encounters between improvisation and notated material - conventional and graphic notation, verbal instructions -, and ensembles with more apparent stylistic links to free jazz. His approach is characterized by his sense of form and his attention to the sonic properties.

London-based violist Benedict Taylor (1982) is one of the leading figures within contemporary composition, modern string performance and improvised music in the British and European new music world. The central focus of his work is in new composition for live performance, film, theatre, contemporary dance, art installation and electro-acoustic composition. In performance, he predominantly works within improvisation, new composition and 20-21. century music. His improvisational works have been released by labels such as Confront, Raw Tonk or Weekertoft."

6-panel digipack with transparent tray. Cover linocut artwork by Éric Normand. Photos by Yefri Ventura (Charuest) & Shaun Cullen (Taylor). Graphic design by László Szakács.

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