Saturday, October 6, 2018

Brice Catherin – Best Hits – Recent Works For Percussion Ensembles (2016)




  • Improvised music 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Experimentalism 
  • Electro-acoustic 
  • Live 
  • Conceptual

Comment: this bunch of 5 compositions is not a usual way for defining his/her own oeuvre. Indeed, the French composer Brice Catherin's music is being far away from an average pop album, far away from an average pop jazz issue either. It is a tight improvisation by exploiting magnified cello chords, droning melodica spans, storytelling, windbells, intense drumming. The description can be attributed to the chronologically second part of the issue dedicated to Baubo, the mystical goddess of fertility and performed live by the Norwegian Pinquins in Oslo. The first part being inspired by a Russian composer of classical music, (Galina Ivanovna Ustvolskaya), rotates mentally and physically around one piano being played by three pianists and two percussion players though they use their voices as well (Ensemble Batida). Musically it is an affair between tumultuous progressions and sonic clusters and on the other side by silent, as if still life incantations. This is the fifth issue by Brice Catherin on Chicago, the US-based Pan Y Rosas Discos.
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