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Bopp, Christiane: Noyau de Lune (Fou Records)

A tour-de-force of solo improvisation from French trombonist Christiane Bopp, flawlessly captured by sound engineer Jean Marc Foussat, as Bopp transforms her instrument through technical skill, lyrical ability, and unusual technique, creating virtual duets, furtive expression, and thundering emotion, an absolutely impressive example of modern trombone language.

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UPC: 3491570055120

Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD 29
Squidco Product Code: 26883

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the auditorium St. Germaine, in Poitiers, France on July 22nd and 23rd, 2018, by Jean-Marc Foussat.


Christiane Bopp-trombone, strings of trombones, undressed mutes, voices

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"Born in 1971 in Mulhouse, from the musical milieu of harmony orchestras, she studied at the Conservatory of Mulhouse, then at the CNSM of Paris (1st Prize of trombone 1992 and chamber music 1991) and Univer- sity Paris X Nanterre (Bachelor of Modern Letters). Attracted by the exploration of new repertoires, she completed her training by studying saqueboute with Franck Poitrineau, and followed some courses of contemporary improvisation notably with Yves Robert. Since 1997, she plays the old repertoire with ensembles La Fenice (Jean Tubéry), Concerto vocale (René Jacobs), Elyma (Gabriel Garrido), Akademia, Il Giardino Armonico, Doulce Mémoire, the Versailles Baroque Music Center, The Talens lyriques (Christophe Rousset), Les Meslanges (T.Van Essen). At the same time, she plays music today (creations by Vincent Bouchot, Etienne Rolin, Martin Matalon, Claude Barthélémy, Jeunes compositeurs concerts at Radio France, ensembles Ars Nova, Zellig, Berson-Aschour duo, Orchestra Poitou Charentes) . It finds more and more in the music resulting from the jazz and the improvisation a space of privileged expression. She plays in the projects of Dominique Pifarély (Dédales), Marc Ducret (Chronicles of the frozen sea and Real thing 3), Joëlle Léandre (Can you here me), Kent Carter (oratorios). She also accompanies poets on their texts, (Lucien Suel, Emmanuel Laugier, Claude Favre, Valerie Rouzeau). She develops personal and collective projects such as "Les Cannibales" with Vincent Boisseau and Julien Padovani (2005-2008), and currently the Quartet Tenements of clover (on poems by Emilly Dickinson) Merch "with Jean-Luc Foussat, Makoto Sato, Jean-Luc, Jean-Luc Mousset, Lucas Mousset and Jean-Luc Petit. Small.

Holder of the C.A. obtained at the age of 21, she teaches the trombone at the Conservatory with Regional Radiation of Poitiers"

-Christiane Bopp Website (

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track listing:

1. Premier Orage 4:24

2. Noyau de Lune 4:38

3. Ce Qui Brule 7:46

4. Au Coeur du Nid du Herisson 4:03

5. Gitane 7:23

6. Captif Des Murmures 5:31

7. L'ange aux Pantoufles De Vair 6:20
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Christiane Bopp plays trombone, but unlike any other's. Her playing, close-up or in the background, with mute or without, is gloriously unique to the instrument: always confident in the most private and most proclaiming moments. She approaches the instrument through technical skill, lyrical ability, and unusual technique, transforming the instrument in diverse and surprising ways. At times she creates furtive expression, evasive and environmental, whispering and cajoling. At other times she thunders, emotes, cries out in assertive ways that are undeniable. Her own, human voice, sometimes joins the playing. At times the trombone becomes a percussive instrument to which she accompanies. At points she carries on a virtual duet with herself, an illusion no doubt aided by the impressive work of engineer and improviser himself, Jean Marc Foussat.

Bopp's improvisations grab the listener's ears and don't let go. Her playing demands to be heard, and in its unique qualities and approaches, in her unusual and creative instant narratives, she does not disappoint. She might startle you, you might lean in to hear something intimate only to be thrown back by her abrupt and meaningful changes in direction. But regardless of what point in her story you start, you will find yourself spellbound, mesmerized and curious what will come next. Absolutely impressive.

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