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Growlers Choir: LIVE au FIMAV (Les Disques Victo)

A unique concert even by the standards of Victoriaville from The Growlers, a vocal ensemble who interpret heavy metal, known for their epic work "Hate.Machine" and "The Dayking" with participation from poet Fortner Anderson, performed here along with a comprovisation backed by an electronic track originated from electric guitar recordings.

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Yves Godbout-performer

Marie-Claude Fleury-performer

Maude Theberge-performer

Corinne Cardinal-performer

Maxime Daigneault-performer

Samuel Arseneau-Roy-performer

Patrick Goyette-performer

Roxana Bouchard-Laflamme-performer

Jeff Mott-performer

Pascal Germain-Berardi-performer

Misha Standjofski-Figols-performer

Estelle Martinez-performer

Philippe Langelier-performer

Laurent Bellemare-performer

Pierre-Luc Senecal-director

Fortner Anderson-performer

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UPC: 777405013521

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: VICCD135
Squidco Product Code: 32858

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in the orange zone at the 37th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, in Victoriaville, Canda, on May 22nd, 2021.

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"This concert recording is something of a miracle. Nothing suggested that this album or even the performance it documents-produced in extremis, in the middle of a global pandemic, with ever-changing public health orders would see the light of day. A few weeks prior to the event, no-one knew if the concert would happen, nor did I know what we would be performing!

Really. Almost half of the program was composed four weeks before the show. From the outset, I knew that the set list would include the epic pieces Hate.Machine and The Dayking, the latter with the remarkable participation of lyricist/poet Fortner Anderson.

But what about the rest of the program? I used this opportunity as an inspiration booster, and I decided to combine these compositions with some comprovisation from the Growlers. And this comprovisation would be backed by an electronic track made with electric guitar recordings.

I was already eager to explore the electric guitar as a sonic-rather than melodic-instrument. So I threw myself headlong into this project, galvanized by inspiration...and an imminent deadline.

The idea was to tune in to the musical tastes of FIMAV regulars, as if the Growlers Choir were doing a spiritual collaboration with the audience.

The concept also involved initiating metal music experts to the typical improvisation found in Musique Actuelle, which is NOT an easy task! The result is a blend of metal music, noisy throat singing-like vocal improvisation, noise music, drone music, electroacoustic music, etc. Happy listening!"-Pierre-Luc Senecal

Artist Biographies

"A composer and a sound designer, Pierre-Luc Senécal is piecing together his reputation as curious and dashingly passionate about sound. A jack-of-all-trades, he composes electroacoustic compositions as well as for theater, dance and film. Deeply inspired by rock, pop and heavy metal, he infuses in his electronic pieces his sensitivity for lyricism, poetic and untamable energy. His work Urban Gardens has been awarded the JTTP 2017 third prize, the SIME 208 third prize, and was presented during the MA/IN Festival 2017. His work has been presented in the United States of America, Canada, Monaco, Germany, Russia, Sweden and South Korea. After studying with Robert Normandeau at Université de Montréal (QC) and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay at University of Huddersfield (UK), he is now completing a master's degree in acousmatic mixing and mastering."

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"Originally from the American Midwest, Fortner Anderson has lived in Montréal since 1976. Known for the performances of his poems, he has been an active member of the Montréal spoken word scene for years prior to the use of the term "spoken word."

His poems have appeared on his solos discs: Sometimes I Think (Wired on words, 1999), Six Silk Purses (Wired on words, 2005) and He Sings (Wired on words, 2006). His newest disc Solitary Pleasures appears on &records in November 2011.

He has performed his work at the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, Poesiefestival Berlin (Germany) and at Live Biennale (Vancouver). In June of 2002 and again in 2008, he was invited to Genoa (Italy) to perform at the 8th and 10th editions of the Festival Internazionale di Poesia di Genova. In 2007 he was awarded the La Voix électrique prize by Les Filles électriques and Wired on words for his literary accomplishments."

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Track Listing:

1. Hydra: Part I 11:16

2. The Dayking 18:03

3. Hydra: Part 02 6:30

4. Hate Machine 9:06

5. Hydra: Part 03 4:01

6. Growlers' Creed 4:40

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