Two improvised concerts where are woven between the piano and the saxophone subtle games of harmonic textures, appearances of differential sounds, resonances and sometimes some more noisy sequences.
CD1 was recorded 2016 April 16 in the Saint-Maximin church in Metz, France. CD2 was recorded 2019 November 22 by the Radio France teams for Anne Montaron's programme "À l'improviste" broadcast 2019 December 15 on France Musique with also an interview with John Tilbury and Bertrand Gauguet.
John Tilbury and Bertrand Gauguet improvise a music of slowness, sometimes silent, sometimes tempestuous. Playing with the acoustic qualities of the place, are woven between the piano and the saxophone subtle games of harmonic textures, appearances of differential sounds, resonances and sometimes some more noisy sequences. A music to stretch the listening like a bow.
The artwork on the cover is a drawing made in 2016 by the French artist Pierre Mabille
Bertrand Gauguet is a musician trudging through a practice without hierarchy involving sound
: as an improvising saxophonist, composer of electronic music and as a sounds collector. He has been playing since the early 2000s the alto saxophone in contexts of solo and group improvisation. His approach to the saxophone explores extended techniques, multiphony and microphony. He has been programmed in numerous festivals of new and experimental music in France and abroad (Europe, USA, Japan…). Collaborations includes Éliane Radigue
, John Tilbury
, Robin Hayward
, Eddie Prevost, Franz Hautzinger
, Thomas Lehn, Xavier Charles
, Sophie Agnel
, Andrea Neumann
, Pascal Battus
, Eric La Casa
, Robin Hayward
, Michel Doneda
, l'Insub Meta Orchestra, Seijiro Murayama, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, John Butcher
, Axel Dörner
, Isabelle Duthoit
, Catherine Contour
Bertrand Gauguet runs the label Akousis Records
A pioneer of minimalist
music and electro-acoustic improvisation, John Tilbury (born 1936) is considered as the leading interpreter of piano works by Morton Feldman
, John Cage
, Christian Wolff
and Cornelius Cardew. An emblematic figure of the English experimental scene
, in which he has been involved since the 1950s, and a member of the AMM improvisation group since the 1980s, John Tilbury cultivates both improvisational practice and written music.