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L'engrenage ()

The composers Alexandros Markeas, Alain Berlaud and Yassen Vodenitcharov, long-standing associates of the Quatuor Habanera, thought out a program of works that would enable the jazz clarinetist Louis Sclavis to contrast and compare his world with that of the Quartet. Each of the scores was created with the idea of enabling him to extemporize his part above those of the four saxophonists. This is throroughly contemporary and challenging new work, both exciting and, at times, exasperating.

   

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Engrenage (Alexandros Markeas)
Durch (Fabien LÚvy)
Golden Drops (Yassen Vodenitcharov)

Christian Wirth, saxophones soprano, alto, baritone
Sylvain Malezieux, saxophones alto, soprano, baritone
Fabrizio Mancuso, saxophones tenor, soprano, alto, baritone
Gilles Tressos, saxophones baritone, alto, soprano
Louis Sclavis, clarinette, bass clarinette, saxophone soprano

The Quatuor Habanera first met Louis Sclavis in November 2000 at the Festival '╔couter Voir' in Lyons. The idea of inviting Louis Sclavis to make up a quintet for their third recording came naturally. Their previous recordings were devoted to contemporary music and to works of the Romantic period. Alexandros Markeas, Alain Berlaud and Yassen Vodenitcharov, long-standing associates of the Quatuor Habanera, soon joined in this collective project. These composers, who are themselves improvisers, thought out a programme of works that would enable Louis Sclavis to contrast and compare his world with that of the Quartet. Each of the scores was created with the idea of enabling him to extemporise his part above those of the four saxophonists. Thus, generally on the clarinet but also sometimes on the saxophone, he provides melody, support, accompaniment, sound effects and rhythm, and punctuates, imitates or comments on the written parts played by the other four musicians.

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