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Wild Plains

by Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki

Live improvisations from an edgy, non-classical violinist meeting a refined, classically trained pianist for a poetic, melodic voyage across East European highlands, TV cartoon land, and wild, windswept prairie.
Genre: World: Folklore
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mountain Dance
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
4:26 $0.99
2. The Open Road
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
4:10 $0.99
3. Sur Le Toit Du Monde (Theme by Josée Allard)
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
3:25 $0.99
4. Goofy Rides Again
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
5:03 $0.99
5. Des Pas Dans Le Sable
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
4:27 $0.99
6. Lopsidedness
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
5:32 $0.99
7. Un Cheval Noir Comme La Nuit
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
4:21 $0.99
8. Midnight Train Stop
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
5:28 $0.99
9. Take It Away
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
3:59 $0.99
10. Entre Ciel Et Terre, On Marche
Josée Allard & Norman Nawrocki
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Montrealers Josée Allard and Norman Nawrocki come from come from radically different music backgrounds: hers, traditional, classical; his, edgy non-trad Polish/Ukrainian folk, cabaret, underground rock ‘n roll. She has played with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded over 50 albums with all his indie bands. They had never heard each other play the first time they met and never intended to record an album. They wanted to play together for fun.

In a small non-soundproofed classroom with an old upright piano they started improvising. While following each other’s intuitive sense of direction, they took full advantage of all the freedom associated with improvisation and immediately realized: they were seriously enjoying themselves. It was a creative match full of musical chemistry. So they turned on a portable digital recorder.

Months later, despite the imperfections, the noisy students in the hallway or rehearsing next door, the accidental knock of chairs or other odd sounds, they had a series of spirited, joyful, live and intense first take recordings 'off the floor' that captured the moment and the essence of their collaboration.

Hence, this raw debut CD containing ten improvisations bursting with an immediacy and boundless, bold, rhythmic energy.

While following each others intuitive sense of direction, both artists took advantage of all the freedom associated with improvisational composition. They added hints of free jazz, East European, or American cartoon-like melodic adventures into the mix to create ambient soundscapes that are occasionally sonically challenging, but mostly full of grandeur – evocative and soothing. This is music that tells stories, that allows the listener to see, feel and imagine landscapes, places and times other than the moment.

Sometimes their sound is ferocious, where a thundering, crunchy piano is accompanied by a careening, ricocheting violin. Elsewhere, it’s equally tender and romantic, evocative of wild open vistas and pensive moonlit nights, with piano and violin sharing the same breath, the same dreamy musical vision.

This first album by the Montreal duo demonstrates an unrestrained collaborative creativity that takes Allard and Nawrocki into unexplored territory, seeking a balance between the experimental and edgy, the melodic and contemplative. These are instrumental pieces of startling urgency, beauty and passion.



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Jane Buttars

Take an Extraordinary Musical Journey
This album is a treat-- and to think it was created live, in the moment! This is violin and piano music as you have never heard it before—a mixture of styles that works: refreshing, original, vibrant, with boldness of spirit, energy and drama.

The two players are amazingly synchronized spirits, creating together with such sensitivity, taking risks and obviously having a lot of fun doing it. The variety of ideas presented is unique, as is their intense authenticity.

I play this music when I want to smile, to wake up my senses, be inspired with new ideas, or be transported to a more exciting place and time.