BERTRAND DENZLER & ONCEIM - MORPH

(confront collectors series ccs 35)

 

Composed by Bertrand Denzler

 

Morph is another piece that is described by Denzler as a "pseudo-drone" which makes it a companion piece to Horns 1.2, the two being issued together by Confront in their appealingly distinctive square metal box packaging. While there are undoubted similarities between the two albums, the differences between them are more significant. Firstly, ONCEIM is a very different animal to Horns, consisting of thirty players—including Denzler, Gerbal, Laurin and Badaroux—on a variety of instruments taking in piano, accordion, reeds, brass, strings, percussion and electronics. Whereas the quartet Horns was created to play Denzler's pieces, ONCEIM is a well-established ensemble, having been founded in 2012 by Hubbub pianist Frédéric Blondy. The ensemble plays occasional gigs in Paris, at venues such as Église Saint-Merry, where this album was recorded in June 2014. While "Morph" and "Horns 1.2" are clearly based on the same principle, the greater number of players and the greater diversity of instruments in ONCEIM makes its music dramatically different to that of Horns. Its thirty instruments create a fuller, richer soundscape than the four horns while it evolves more slowly as each change by a musician is one thirtieth of the totality rather than a quarter. Consequently, the end result is more truly drone-like than its companion piece. Yes, the two are very different, but they shed light on each other and so are best heard together. The same is true of all three of these releases; together they are part of the evolution of Denzler and so each one is an important piece of an ongoing jigsaw.  (John Eyles)

 

ONCEIM MUSICIANS

 

Pierre-Antoine Badaroux: alto saxophone 

Félicie Bazelaire: cello

Sébastien Beliah: double bass

Frédéric Blondy: organ

Patricia Bosshard: violin

Cyprien Busolini: viola

Giani Caserotto: electric guitar

Xavier Charles: clarinet

Bertrand Denzler: tenor saxophone 

Benjamin Dousteyssier: baritone saxophone 

Benjamin Duboc: double bass

Yoann Durant: soprano saxophone

Rémi Durupt: percussion

Elodie Gaudet: viola

Antonin Gerbal: percussion

Louis Laurain: trumpet

Carmen Lefrançois: baritone saxophone 

Julien Loutelier: percussion

Jean-Sébastien Mariage: electric guitar 

Frédéric Marty: double bass

Arnaud Rivière: electronics

Joris Rühl: clarinet

Diemo Schwarz: electronics

Deborah Walker: cello