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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cristián Alvear, Seijiro Murayama: Karoujite

Read "Karoujite" reviewed by John Eyles

Before coming together in this duo, the Chilean acoustic guitarist Cristián Alvear and the Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama were both well-established Potlatch artists. Alvear has built a reputation as a performer of compositions by Wandelweiser members such as Jürg Frey and Antoine Beuger, as exemplified by his fine album of Michael Pisaro pieces Melody, Silence (Potlatch, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2017

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2017" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 18-21, 2017 In Canada, the Monday closest to May 24, the birthday of Queen Victoria, is a public holiday (in Quebec it has two names: Journée des Patriotes or Fête du Dollard--it's complicated), and the Victoria Day long weekend is the ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three saxophonists' very different paths since "Propagations"

Read "Three saxophonists' very different paths since "Propagations"" reviewed by John Eyles

Back in 2007, Marc Baron on alto, Bertrand Denzler on tenor and Jean-Luc Guionnet also on alto were three-quarters of the unnamed saxophone quartet that recorded the ground-breaking album Propagations (Potlatch, 2007), alongside Stéphane Rives on soprano. Together, the four reinvented the rule book for a saxophone quartet in the new millennium, ignoring the conventional vocabulary ...

NEWS: RECORDING

French Saxophone Duet Group Bi-Ki ? Release "Quelque chose au milieu" on Circum-Disc

French Saxophone Duet Group Bi-Ki ? Release "Quelque chose au milieu" on Circum-Disc

Created in 2012, the saxophone duet Bi-Ki ? shows and questions the meeting of two sound identities and two personal paths around the same instrument. In concert situation, usually in the middle of the audience, the duet sculpts a sound material that draws on the acoustic resources of the place they play in. Two voices mix, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Luís Lopes/Jean-Luc Guionnet: Live At Culturgest

Read "Live At Culturgest" reviewed by Mark Corroto

All great art invokes the imagination. Think of your favorite movie and the two hours of viewing that transported you into a different world. Music can accomplish the same ends. Take this live date at Culturgest in Lisbon. The meeting between Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes and French saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet creates that same cathartic response.

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Two INSUB releases

Read "Two  INSUB releases" reviewed by John Eyles

When Switzerland's INSUB records issued its first two releases in a new format in early 2014, that innovative format got nearly as much attention as the music itself. Solving the download vs. physical object debate, its combination of attractive packaging (including A3 poster-size artwork) with a download code gave customers the best of both worlds. That ...

Qlinam

Label: Cryonic Inc.
Released: 2013

Window Dressing

Label: Cryonic Inc.
Released: 2011

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benjamin Duboc: Primare Cantus

Read "Primare Cantus" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

French double bassist Benjamin Duboc is one of the busiest musicians in the left-of-center experimental scene of musicians today in Europe. This prolific musician plays regularly with Japanese trumpet player Itaru Oki (who is based in France), in duo and with the NUTS quintet, and with many of the elite of French improvisers, including pianist Jobic ...


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