Reviews that mention Christian Rollet

September 11, 2018

Quentin Rollet/Jean-Marc Foussat/Christian Rollet

Entrée des Pays de grête
Bisou Records BIS-007 U/Fou Records CD 30

The Clifford Thornton Memorial Quartet

Sweet Oranges

NotTwo MW 971-2

Paris-based Jean-Marc Foussat bifurcated career is half dedicated to his skillful recording of major French exploratory musicians such as bassist Joëlle Léandre , while the remainder of his time is taken up using his analogue AKS synthesizer to add to the creative sounds produced by sympathetic associates. Each of these CDs takes advantage of his dual personality, and such is the architecture of the sessions that each of his talents is used fruitfully. MORE

February 12, 2013

La Marmite Infernale

Le Cauchemar D’Hector
AFRI 2012 AM052

French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) declared in 1859 that “music is free”. So what better group to put a new spin on some of Berlioz’s compositions than Lyon-based free music ensemble La Marmite Infernale?

Asked by the Festival Berlioz, that takes annually place in the composer’s birthplace, to re-imagine works by France’s most iconoclastic 19th Century composer, the 18-piece band treated Berlioz’s compositions as it does strains from the folk tradition, preserving the melodies, but appending solos and passages relating to improvisational jazz’s freedom, punk-rock’s unyielding beat and advances in electro-acoustic programming. Probably the most radical reworking occurs on La fantastique nain de Sophie where sampler player Xavier Garcia mixes extracts from the composer’s La Symphonie fantastique with the live group playing its version of the work in arrangements midway between those for symphony orchestra and for jazz band. MORE