Sébastien Sauvageau - l'Oumigmag: TerritoiresBy
The introduction to "Est" (East) goes into more impressionistic territory, Dodier's soprano saxophone and the guitar accompanied by Stéphane Diamantakiou's arco double bass and cymbal washes from drummer Philippe Lussier- Baillargeon. Then the music becomes rhythmic, eventually morphing into a sinuous Middle Eastern-sounding theme. Most of the band contributes vocal chanting to "Sud" (South), giving way to a short unaccompanied bass solo before returning to the insistent 6/8 groove.
"Ouest" (West) is a lyrical showcase for the entire band most of the way through, joined by traditional singer Normand Miron for a sprightly final section. Closer "Pour la suite du mond" (For the World Suite) provides a contemplative ending, featuring Ariane Vaillancourt's soaring wordless vocals on a traditional Québécois air from the 1963 documentary film of the same name. A fitting conclusion to a collection of music inspired by a sense of place. l'Oumigmag do not strictly limit themselves to local source material, however, and the music is stronger for the broader perspective.
1. Lake Arthabaska; 2. East; 3. South; 4. West; 5. North; 6. For the World Suite.
l’Oumigmag : Stéphane Diamantakiou - Bass, voice (3) Alex Dodier - Saxophone Philippe Lussier-Baillargeon - Drums, percussions, voice (3) Sébastien Sauvageau - Guitar, voice (1,3), all compositions Invited artists Normand Miron - Voice (4) Ariane Vaillancourt - Voice (6)
Title: Territoires | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: The 270 Sessions
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