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Louis-Michel Marion

askings / first steps / who talks / the deep motion / deserts of vast eternity

Publié sur le label Kadima Collective Records "5 strophes" est le 2ème album solo (après "grounds" sur le label Emil) du contrebassiste Louis-Michel Marion,qu'on a pu entendre au siècle dernier avec Système Friche, qui collabore régulièrement avec Daunik Lazro, Aurore Gruel, Jacques Di Donato, Philippe Berger…
Il s'agit d'une pièce de 46'62 minutes en 5 parties enchainées, qui commence dans une agitation interrogative et se termine dans un apaisement presque contemplatif.
Après la première, plutôt percussive, les 4 strophes suivantes sont essentiellement jouées arco dans un travail sur les résonnances, les différents modes d'attaque, densités et épaisseurs du son.

New release of Kadima Collective Records, "5 strophes" is the 2nd solo album (after "grounds" on the french label "Emil") of french bassist Louis-Michel Marion (who sometimes works with saxophonist Daunik Lazro, clarinetist Jacques DiDonato or the choregrapher Aurore Gruel…).
"5 strophes" is a 46 minutes long piece in 5 parts. The music begins with "askings", agitato mixing pizzicati, bowings and percussive playing (which might sound like a kind of tribute to Jackson Pollock's drippings); then the music goes on through the (5) strings from the treble to the low one (low B), using various bowings, pressions, resonances and attacks to end in a contemplative way with "deserts of vast eternity".


"Après son poème-méditation sur la corde grave (le CD "Grounds" sur le label Emil), le contrebassiste Louis-Michel Marion continue ce que l'on pourrait nommer une exploration de l'instrument, toujours axé sur le phénomène sonore et sa qualité, une ouverture de l'espace à travers le son continu ou le silence. On ressent l'influence du violoniste Malcolm Goldstein dans ce disque et on ne s'en plaindra surtout pas !" Metamkine


"...Aussi à l'aise dans le domaine contemporain que dans celui de l'improvisation - encore une similitude (avec Joëlle Léandre) - alliant avec finesse le jeu à l'archet et le pizzicato, Marion nous emmène dans des contrées d'une poétique assez joyeuse et répétitive à souhait. "First steps", Who talks", "The deep motion", en sont le parfait exemple. Tout coule de façon naturelle, la machine à vapeur est lancée. Si ça et là une corde vient frapper le manche, point de violence. L'anti Kowald en quelque sorte. Le calme et la sérénité prédominent. A découvrir sans œillères."
Serge Perrot / Improjazz

French double bassist Louis-Michel Marion's sophomore solo double bass album (after his debut solo double bass album Grounds, Emil, 2012) blends influences from European schools of free improvisation and experimental, modern composers. Marion—who collaborates regularly with forward-thinking French improvisers like sax player Daunik Lazro, clarinetist Xavier Charles or pianist Sophie Agnel—describes himself as influenced by seminal, innovative double bass players such as Joëlle Léandre, Barry Guy and Peter Kowald and composers such as Giacinto Scelsi, Iancu Dumitrescu and Iannis Xenakis.
>br> Marion frames the five improvisations with a quote by thinker Henry David Thoreau who wrote in his journal that "unpremeditated music is the true gauge which measures the current of our thought;" a quote by composer Malcolm Goldstein emphasizes his search for "finding new and subtle twists and turns as things move." And, indeed, the free improvisations search patiently and methodically for the deep, not only in its tones, and subtle sonic characteristics of the double bass.

"Askings" focuses on delicate sub-harmonics reached with a wise usage of the bow and its precise contact with the strings and the pressure put on the strings. On "First Steps" he creates a profound, meditative drone by focusing on short, repetitive lines that in their turn form a series of resonating, overtones that amplify the meditative spirit of this piece. "Who Talks" stresses the deep-toned, wide, resonant timbral range of the double bass in all its splendor and dark beauty. "The Deep Motion" is another drone piece, deeper and slower than "First Steps" but with similar intense, hypnotic power. Its captivating, emotional effect sounds timeless as if overcoming boundaries of time and space. "Deserts of Vast Eternity" suggests a spare, lighter atmosphere. Marion sketches a mysterious and abstract texture with light, surprising touches of the bow on the strings, employing silence as an integral part of his sonic palette.

Profound, inspiring work.

Eyal Hareunevi / Allabout jazz

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