Home » Jazz Articles » Patricia Bosshard / Onceim - CoÔ: Sillons - Reflets

3
Album Review

Patricia Bosshard / Onceim - CoÔ: Sillons - Reflets

By

Sign in to view read count
Patricia Bosshard / Onceim - CoÔ: Sillons - Reflets
Aside from the music, the best thing about this album is that its release signals the Potlatch label is alive and well. (Having released four CDs in 2016 and three in 2017, Potlatch released none in 2018, one in 2019, none in 2020.) In addition to this album, 2021 sees the release of a second, a duo album by Pascal Battus and Michel Doneda. Good news.

The music itself comprises two 2018 compositions—"Sillons" and "Reflets"—by violinist Patricia Bosshard, who was born in Switzerland, studied classical music in Montreal then composition and electroacoustics in Geneva, then jazz in Lausanne. The two pieces are, respectively, played by the 26-member orchestra Onceim (Orchestra des Nouvelles Creations, Experimentations et Improvisations Musicales)—which includes such experienced improvisers as Bertrand Denzler, Stéphane Rives and Jean-Sébastien Mariage—and by the string ensemble CoÔ; Bosshard plays violin in both. This means that she knew the musicians she was writing for as she had frequently played alongside them. "Sillons" runs for thirty-and-a-half minutes, "Reflets" for eighteen-and-a-half. So, two different pieces for two very different ensembles.

Opening to the sound of slow resounding percussion, "Sillons" evolves steadily without any sudden movements or surprises along the way. The number of players in Onceim ensure that there are enough instruments present to easily fill out the soundscape. To Bosshard's credit, she uses them sparingly and sensibly so that they never sound as if they get in each other's way. Throughout, the heartbeat of the piece is provided by that resounding percussion, with other instruments layered above the pulse. Despite the presence of those improvisers, none of the music here sounds improvised; instead, everything sounds planned, with everyone knowing what they are doing, and all of the component parts combining together into an entrancing whole, one which handsomely repays repeated listening.

Although it is very different to "Sillons," "Reflets" does have its similarities, despite all the instruments being strings. For instance, Bosshard makes good use of the three double basses at her disposal to lay down a solid foundation, with resounding bass sounds recurring throughout. Again, all the players contribute to the totality, with everyone doing their part and no one noticeably dominating. Together, the two tracks make this an album which will stand the test of time and merit frequent listening. Yes, Potlatch is back with a vengeance...

Track Listing

Sillons; Reflets.

Personnel

Sebastien Beliah: bass, acoustic; Benjamin Duboc: bass, acoustic; Frederic Marty: bass, acoustic; Felicie Bazelaire: cello; Anais Moreau: cello; Deborah Walker: cello; Elodie Gaudet: viola; Julia Robert: viola.

Additional Instrumentation

Cyprien Busolinl: viola (1), violin (2); Patricia Bosshard: violin (2); Pierre Cussac: accordion (1); Giani Caserotto: guitar (1); Jean-Sebastien Mariage: guitar (1); Antonin Gerbal: percussion (1); Julien Loutelier: percussion (1); Alvise Sinivia: piano (1); Arnaud Riviere: electronics (1); Dierno Schwarz: electronics (1); Jean-Brice Godet: clarinet (1); Joris Ruhl: clarinet (1); Stephane Rives: soprano saxophone (1); Pierre-Antoine Badaroux: alto saxophone (1); Carman Lefrancois: alto saxophone (1); Bertrand Denzler: tenor saxophone (1); Benjamin Dousteyssier: baritone saxophone (1); Jean Doufresne: euphonium (1); Louis Laurin: trumpet (1).

Album information

Title: Sillons - Reflets | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Potlatch Records


FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

WE NEED YOUR HELP
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

Post a comment about this album

Tags

More

Live From the Heat Dome
Thomas Marriott
I Hear Music
Diane Marino
Eurythmia
Eve Risser Red Desert Orchestra
Lovely Error
James O'Sullivan

Popular

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and includes upcoming jazz events near you.