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Eric-Maria Couturier / Henri Roger / Emmanuelle Somer /Bruno Tocanne: Parce Que!

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The cover of French pianist Henri Roger's latest album, Parce Que! , delivers no information about its title, musicians, the recording etc. Just a plain dark painting and a barcode on the back cover. The mysterious cover, designed by Anne Pesce, is the inspiration for a set of collective improvisations by Roger, together with cellist Eric-Maria Couturier, woodwinds and reed player Emmanuelle Somer and drummer Bruno Tocanne, all participants in previous Roger projects. The improvisations, as can be found in Roger website, are inspired by the Outrenoir series of about 30 paintings by one of France ...

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Francois Cotinaud / Barre Phillips / Henri Roger / Emmanuelle Somer: No Meat Inside

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This live documentation of an ad-hoc French free improvising quartet was done at the festival Jazz sous les bigaradiers at La Gaude near Nice in November 2012. The friendly atmosphere of the club So What as well as the warm reception of the audience inspired the quartet for this noisy, wild, poetic and free performance. The quartet is comprised of highly experienced free improvisers: reed players François Cotinaud-- who collaborated before with saxophonist Steve Lacy, double bassist Joëlle Léandre and drummer Ramón López-- and Emmanuelle Somer-- who recorded with musicians from all over the globe, such as ...

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Henri Roger: Exsurgences (Solo Piano Improvisations)

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Self-taught French pianist Henri Roger's set of solo piano free improvisations is spread across a DVD directed by video artist Anne Pesce, and also on vinyl. These nine improvisations, all numbered as “Exurgences 1" to “9," have a similar dense and restless character. Roger explores the sonic possibilities of piano keyboard, stressing the lower range as he sustains these sounds and forms a dramatic and intense, string of continuously colliding overtones. The first and longest improvisation, the 28-minute “Exurgences 1," sounds as if Roger is not attempting to structure it in any binding form, but just lets ...

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Henri Roger: When Bip Bip Sleeps

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How can a free improvised setting, a typical serious musical happening, serious-as-your-life, almost by definition, blend with music associated with fun, such as cartoons soundtracks? Quite naturally if open-minded musicians participate in such happening, ones who disregard such artificial distinctions and like to blur outdated conventions. French self-taught guitarist and pianist Henri Roger thought about such a mixed happening. He asked vocal artist {[Emile Lesbros}}, cello master Eric Maria Couturier, solo cellist for the noted Ensmble InterContemporain that was founded by iconoclastic composer Pierre Boulez, and acclaimed jazz drummer Bruno Tocanne--now all named as The SéRieuse Cartoon ...



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