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Leandre, Joelle / Vinicius Cajado: Storm Dance (Not Two)

Six "Dances" of a deeply turbulent nature as legendary French bassist Joëlle Léandre meets Brazilian bassist Vinicius Cajado for a 2022 live concert in Vienna at Alte Schmiede, both employing massively powerful techniques, Léandre vocalizing at times to push their dialog into tempestuous territory; at times darkly explosive but illuminated by incredible creative intent.
 

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Label: Not Two
Catalog ID: MW1035
Squidco Product Code: 33958

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Alte Schmiede in Vienna, Austria, on December 2nd, 2022, by Martin Siewert.

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Six "Dances" of a deeply turbulent nature as legendary French bassist Joëlle Léandre meets Brazilian bassist Vinicius Cajado for a 2022 live concert in Vienna at Alte Schmiede, both employing massively powerful techniques, Léandre vocalizing at times to push their dialog into tempestuous territory; at times darkly explosive but illuminated by incredible creative intent.


Artist Biographies

"Joëlle Léandre is a famous French Bassist and is known for her collaborations with other musicians in the field of improvised music. Born in France on September 12th, 1951, she made her music debut in 1984 with Les Douze Sons. Her childhood was filled with music, and she was particularly interested in the piano during her early years. In her later years, she developed an interest in double bass, which won her many honors and scholarships during her education. Her double bass teacher Pierre Delescluse encouraged her to apply to the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where she was formally trained and noticed for her talent in the bass. Her outstanding musicianship took her to the United States and to the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts in Buffalo through a scholarship. In the United States, she expanded her network and met some of the best composers, such as John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, and Morton Feldman. Among them, John Cage greatly influenced her music and compositions. Her time in the United States also enabled her to experience downtown New York music, which was another significant influence that led to her continued involvement in the field of improvised music.

Some of her notable collaborations in the field of contemporary music are with Pierre Boulez, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and Giacinto Scelsi. Among them, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi were the biggest influences in her life and music. In an interview, Joëlle Léandre said that John Cage was her spiritual father and changed her perception of sound and music. In another interview, she tells how Giacinto Scelsi allowed her to discover her own music and how his music transported her into a new world of improved consciousness. In the field of jazz music, she collaborated with Derek Bailey, William Parker, and Sebi Tramontana. Her music was owned and distributed by different music labels, including FMP, Leo, RougueArt, and Red Toucan. Some memorable songs and albums she released throughout the years include Instant Replay, Les Douze sons, Trios, Sweet Zee, Frerebet, Joelle et Tetsu, Philippe Fenelon, Voyages, etc. Some of the recent releases include Can You Hear Me and Unleashed. She has also performed live at the Tampere Jazz Festival twice, where popular international artists compete with each other.

Joëlle Léandre is also the member of European Women's Improvising Group (EWIG). The group evolved from the Feminist Improvising Group, and Joëlle Léandre joined the group in 1983. In the early 1900s, she co-founded Les Diaboliques with Irene Schweizer and Maggie Nicols, who were her long-time musician friends. Besides that, she also teaches several classes in prestigious universities about contemporary and improvised music. She has lived in France, Germany, and U.S during her lifetime, teaching at academic institutions in the religions and playing concerts. In 2002, she was invited to Canada as a visiting professor for music and composition."

-Joelle Leandre Website (https://www.joelle-leandre.com/biography/2/)
2/21/2024

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"Vinicius Cajado, from São Paulo, Brasil, his unique approach to the bass led him to win a jazz performance award with additional honors of most creative and unique playing at the International Society of Bassists competition, and in addition , his debut solo record for double bass "Monu" was nominated as "Best of the year 2021" by "The New York City Jazz Record" . Vinicius has performed in many festivals and renowned venues including Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center NYC, The Kitchen NYC, Budapest House of Music, Via Funchal Sao Paulo. Jazz and the City Festival Salzburg , 20 Years of Curva Minore Palermo, Vienna Art week and also Theater week, Porgy & Bess Vienna, has been artist in residence in Leopold Museum Vienna and part of Kunstforum's (Seven Rounds with Warhol/Basquiat) exhibition and etc.... And also to perform with artists such as Joelle Leandre (FR), Barre Phillips (US), Mark Dresser (US), Franz Hautzinger (AT), Nicole Glover (US), Lukas Koenig (AT), Martin Siewert (AT), Kenji Herbert (JP), Mauricio Takara (BRA), John Edwards (UK), Golnar Shahyar, (IRAN), Lucio Balduini (ARG), Kenneth Ishak (NOR), among many others from all over the world.

Besides touring and playing around the globe Vinicius is also co-founder of Urchin Records, a platform created to defy easy genre categorization, founded together with the Japanese/Austrian guitar player Kenji Herbert, in New York City

Vinicius's playing, technique, tone and sound is a mixture between lots of different styles, and all of this extended by the immense color palette that is improvised music. The Bassist uses traditional and unconventional techniques, to make the tradition new, and also cut any borders that have been created in modern music in order to make the stage an organic space of interaction."

-Vinicius Cajado Website (https://www.viniciuscajado.com/about)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. First Dance 5:41

2. Second Dance 9:40

3. Third Dance 8:37

4. Fourth Dance 7:51

5. Fifth Dance 6:27

6. Sixth Dance 5:49

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Mexico, Central & South Americas + Islands
Stringed Instruments
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