Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sylvie Courvoisier / Joëlle Léandre / Susie Ibarra - Passaggio

Intakt 2002


Passaggio according to the ever-reliable Wikipedia is “is a term used in classical singing to describe the pitch ranges in which vocal registration events occur.”

OK, so there’s no singing on this album, but the three improvisers here, offer a wide range of tones from Léandre’s scraping bass to Couvoisier’s dramatic jumps from the high notes to the low notes on piano to Ibarra’s shifts from tense cymbal tapping to a single, resonating strike of the bass drum. It’s a sort of deconstruction game as the trio tries to distort and warp the usual sound of their instruments, rumbling in the lower-registers before leaping into high-pitched screeching.

There are plenty of these tumultuous passages too, and given the brevity of the tracks, they can at times get a little prickly, like being caught beneath a net of brambles and it’s certainly a more challenging listen than the previous Léandre album posted on here. Expressive and tight with plenty of colour, there’s still a lot to enjoy on this offering and as ever with free improvisation albums, its strength lies its ability to surprise with unusual juxtapositions and striking dynamism.


Rob June 6, 2009 at 4:13 PM  

Can't wait to hear this music but the download link doesn't seem to work. Help, please. Thanks. Rob

Reece June 14, 2009 at 7:02 PM  

Link fixed.

Hope you enjoy.

Rob June 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

Thank you. Listening to Signature right now. Great!

Rob July 24, 2009 at 4:51 PM  

Wow! Passaggio is even better than Signature. Thank you very, very much for this great music. Rob

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