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Francois Houle: Cryptology

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Canadian clarinetist/composer Francois Houle and is current working band explore the mechanics of Cryptology as a thematic basis for this most interesting new release. With this production, the band seemingly embarks upon an investigative course as they perhaps correlate complex mathematical algorithms to music notation, while they establish a foundation for the listener’s mind’s eye via the power of suggestion.

On pieces such as “Palinodia I” and “Asymptote”, the “Francois Houle 5” engages in quietly frenetic soundscapes, whereas, violoncellist Peggy Lee either establishes the heartbeat or partakes in conversational interplay in concert with Houle and trumpeter/pianist Brad Turner’s, reconstruction of themes and interrogation of diametrically opposed angles. And while percussionist Dylan Van Der Schyff assists with the meter, he plays an equally important role as a colorist. However, the band finalizes the outing on a boisterous note with the piece titled, “Keystream Mystery”, where they turn up the heat via Houle and Turner’s pumping unison choruses and what appears to be Ms. Lee performing her cello through some electronics or digital EFX configuration. - A thought provoking extravaganza it is!

Track Listing: Palinodia I, Le corps abstrait

Personnel: Francois Houle; clarinets, bass clarinet: Peggy Lee; violoncello; Brad Turner; trumpet, piano: Dylan Van Der Schyff; percussion. * Special guest: Sheila McDonald; violin on Le corps abstrait

Title: Cryptology | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Between the Lines

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