Rob Mazurek: cornet, electronics
Mwata Bowden: clarinet, bariton saxophone, didgeridoo, percussion
Julien Desprez: electric guitar
Matt Lux: electric bass guitar
Mathieu Sourisseau: acoustic bass guitar
How can one describe, without immediately calling upon desire, a music that does not yet exist, that only has for itself an impassioned urge to be discovered, to find its every formula and reformulation? Possibly by using the words of guitarist Julien Desprez: “To me, the two basses and the guitar symbolize a deep tunnel, illuminated by the wind instruments. Waiting for us beyond this tunnel, there will be, perhaps, light or darkness…”
Can it thus be described through its “unconventional” instrumentation (therefore overlooking the fact that creative “jazz” music is about nurturing unfamiliarity, ever on the verge of surging at a moment’s notice, and knocking down familiarity, heeding its demands to be questioned and to become)? This quintet is driven by the urge to explore the possibilities of a formation deprived of keyboards and percussions, yet equipped with a distinctive string section: the ebbs of two bassists (Matt Lux and Mathieu Sourisseau) who don’t play the double bass, and the flow of a guitarist (Julien Desprez) who plays the electricity. The whirling streams of two wind instruments, and their outbursts of propelling sonic expanses, launch the ensembles in and out of orbit – a cornet (Rob Mazurek), and a baritone saxophone or a clarinet (Mwata Bowden). Resulting in music defined by gravities and forces of attraction.
How else? Describe it through the musicians’ personalities? This ensemble is also born from the meeting of a few individuals who answered the call of The Bridge, a transatlantic exchange network between musicians in Chicago and in France. Rob Mazurek and Matt Lux have known each other for a long time, especially since the Isotope 217 experiment, and have frequently collaborated in the orchestras that Mazurek ceaselessly imagines (Exploding Star Orchestra, Pharoah and the Underground, Pulsar Quartet…). Thanks to this qui....... więcej