Louis-Michel Marion | 5 Strophes

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5 Strophes

by Louis-Michel Marion

5 pieces for (5 strings) double bass
Genre: Avant Garde: Structured Improvisation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Askings
9:31 $2.00
2. First Steps
9:30 $2.00
3. Who Talks
9:32 $2.00
4. The Deep Motion
11:36 $2.00
5. Deserts of Vast Eternity
6:26 $2.00
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Louis-Michel Marion is a french double bass player working in the field of improvised and contemporary music. "5 strophes" is influenced by the works of bassists such as Joëlle Léandre, Barry Guy or Peter Kowald, and composers such as Giacinto Scelsi, Iancu Dumitrescu, Salvatore Sciarrino, Iannis Xenakis or Malcolm Goldstein.



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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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review from french magazine "improjazz"
"...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