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Amadou / Cambien / Rempis: On The Blink (Aerophonic)

After sharing a stage with Belgium bassist Farida Amadou--whose collaborations include Peter Brötzmann, Steve Noble, and Thurston Moore--Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis and Amadou sought an opportunity to record together, joining with Amadou collaborator, pianist Jonas Cambien, to record these startling studio improvisations during a 2022 tour in Belgium and The Netherlands.
 

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Farida Amadou-electric bass, electronics

Jonas Cambien-piano, electronics

Dave Rempis-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone


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UPC: 0879947425160

Label: Aerophonic
Catalog ID: AR040
Squidco Product Code: 33904

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at POM, in Eindhoven, The Netherands, on November 13th, 2022, by Koen Vandenhoudt

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This brand new transatlantic collaboration unites three renowned improvisers in a stellar first time matchup. Electric bassist Farida Amadou's stratospheric rise over the last several years has been shaking the roofbeams of the European improvised music scene. She's participated in high flying collaborations with heavyweight improvisers like Peter Brötzmann, Steve Noble, and Thurston Moore, many of which have been documented on the Antwerp-based Dropa Disc label. She's also been touring relentlessly during that time.

Jonas Cambien on piano and electronics, a fellow Belgian like Amadou, has been living in Norway since 2008. During his tenure there, he's become an integral part of the thriving Norwegian improvised music scene, with an extremely broad set of pursuits. He works regularly with his own trio featuring saxophonist André Roligheten and Andreas Wildhagen on drums, is a founding member of the new music ensemble Aksiom, and has worked and studied Arabic music extensively in Cairo with a number of Egyptian musicians.

Saxophonist and label founder Dave Rempis needs no introduction to Aerophonic fans, and it was on a shared bill with Amadou in Antwerp in November 2021 where they first hatched a plot to combine forces.

One year later, in November 2022, those plans coalesced around a short tour of Belgium and Netherlands with Amadou's regular collaborator Cambien. With the gracious support of their friends from Dropa Disc and Sound in Motion in Antwerp, who organized and recorded the proceedings, they were able to document the entire first day of their collaboration with an afternoon recording session and live evening concert in Eindhoven, NL at Paviljoen Ongehoorde Muziek.

That material is presented here with its many overlapping layers of possibility. With both Amadou and Cambien doubling on electronics, the sonic range of the trio's palette far exceeds what three musicians could normally put forth. And don't let the lack of a drummer fool you - the rhythmic drive of this band is intense. Whether pushed forward by Amadou's percussive approach to her main ax, by Rempis floating pointed lines on top of a bed of electronic noise, or by Cambien offering up calliope-like repetition at the keyboard, the momentum here is unstoppable.

Of course that doesn't prevent the band from sometimes swirling into masses of sound like a summer storm. In fact, it's their remarkable ability to patiently gather those swirls up into cohesive and sustained momentum that gives this new band such a unique sound."-Aerophonic


Artist Biographies

"Farida Amadou (b.1989) is a self taught bass player based in Liège, Belgium. The electric bass is her main instrument since 2011. In 2013, she has started to play a lot of different musical genres, including blues, jazz and hip-hop. The same year, she had a big interest on improvised music when she met L'Oeil Kollectif members and started to play with percusionnist/ drummer Tom Malmendier. Nystagmus duo was born in late 2014.

Since 2014, she has performed with many musicians all over Europe: Linda Sharrock, Mario Rechtern, Balasz Pandi, Karl H. Bjora, Jasper Stadhouders, Onno Govaert, Eve Risser, Morgane Carnet, Philippe Lemoine, Timothée Quost, Julien Desprez, Olivier Benoit, Anil Eraslan, Mette Rasmussen, Basile Naudet, Chris Pitsiokos, Alex Ward, Thursthon Moore, etc.

End of 2017, Farida Amadou has joined the punk/noise band 'COCAINE PISS'. A few months later, Cocaine Piss recorded their album " Passionate and Tragic " at Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, with Steve Albini. After two years in the band, Farida decided to leave the band (early 2019). In May 2018, she has started a new duo project with the drummer based in London, Steve Noble, including trio collaborations with Alex Ward on clarinet, Chris Pitsiokos on saxophone, ex Sonic Youth's guitarist Thurston Moore on guitar and recently with the free jazz pioneer Peter Brötzmann.

Farida Amadou was also part of the OORSTOF series (curated by SoundInMotion - Antwerp) project with Ken Vandermark and his band MARKER. For the second part on the year 2019, Farida Amadou has focused on her solo performance, and experimented different collaboration simultaneously. She started playing duo with Floris Vanhoof (modular synth), another duo with Pavel Tchikov (guitar). Amadou and Tchikov released a tape called 'Mal de terre' on the Chicago based label trouble in Minds records on November 2021. Later in 2021, commissioned by Europalia, Farida created a sound installation with the support of Overtoon, QO2 and ateliers claus."

5/28/2024

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"Jonas Cambien (b.1985) is a Belgian pianist and improviser, active on the Norwegian scene for improvised and contemporary music since he moved to Oslo in 2008.

Jonas Cambien leads his own trio, which released its debut-album 'A Zoology of the Future' on the portuguese label Clean Feed Records.

He has also released albums within Platform (Vafongool 2015) and Karokh (Loyal Label 2015, No Forevers 2016), with whom he performs regularly in Norway and abroad.

He also performs solo and within Aksiom, an Oslo-based ensemble for contemporary music.

Jonas Cambien is known for using prepared piano and extended techniques as well as analog synthesizers and electronics in his music.

Jonas holds a Master's degree in classical piano from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels where he studied with Jan Michiels, and holds a Master's degree in Jazz and Improvised music from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo."

-Jonas Cambien Website (http://jonascambien.com/bio/index.html)
5/28/2024

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"Dave Rempis was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts on March 24th, 1975. He began his musical studies at the age of 8, inspired by a family friend who played clarinet in local Greek bands, and by Zoot, of the Muppets Band, to pick up saxophone. During high school he performed in his town, district, and all-state bands and wind ensembles, as well as in a jazz combo at a local music school.

In 1993, Rempis began a degree in classical saxophone at Northwestern University with Frederick Hemke. Finding this environment stifling, Rempis quickly ditched the music degree to pursue studies in anthropology and ethnomusicology. As part of these studies, he spent a year at the International Centre for African Music and Dance at the University of Ghana, Legon, studying African music and ethnomusicology. He also continued to perform with many different types of groups, ranging from highlife and reggae bands while in Ghana, to jazz, free jazz, funk, and contemporary music ensembles at home. He graduated from Northwestern in 1997.

Upon graduating, Rempis decided to focus on performing, and in March of 1998 at the age of 22 was asked to replace veteran saxophonist Mars Williams in the well-known Chicago jazz outfit The Vandermark Five. This opportunity catapulted him to notoriety as he began to tour regularly throughout the US and Europe playing clubs, concert halls, and festivals on both continents.

During his tenure with The Vandermark Five, Rempis also began to develop the many Chicago-based groups and international collaborations for which he's currently known, including The Rempis Percussion Quartet, The Engines, Ballister, Rempis/Abrams/Ra, Wheelhouse, The Rempis/Rosaly Duo, and The Rempis/Daisy Duo. Many of these groups have been documented on the Okkadisk, 482 Music, Not Two, Clean Feed, Solitaire, and Utech record labels. Past collaborations have included performances with Paul Lytton, Axel Dörner, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, John Tchicai, Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Anderson, Kevin Drumm, Paal Nilssen-Love, Nels Cline, Tony Buck, and Joe McPhee. Rempis has been named regularly since 2006 in the annual Downbeat Critics's Poll as a "rising star" on alto saxophone, and as a "rising star" and "established talent" on baritone saxophone.

Aside from performing, Rempis is also active as a presenter. Since 2002, he's curated a weekly Thursday-night concert series for the Elastic Arts Foundation. The series has featured over 500 concerts by some of the best improvisers from around the world, while maintaining a focus on up-and-coming local musicians. In late 2005, Rempis helped form the presenters' collective Umbrella Music, working with a small group of musicians and presenters in Chicago to provide better playing opportunities for creative and improvising musicians. As part of this group, he organized the annual Umbrella Music Festival from 2006-2014.

Rempis is also one of the main organizers of the indie-rock Pitchfork Music Festival, a 60,000-person event which takes place in Chicago's Union Park every July."

-Dave Rempis Website (http://daverempis.com/bio/)
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Exotropia 12:15

2. Radiata 26:31

3. Bladderwort 08:55

4. Camelopardalis 07:56

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
Trio Recordings
New in Improvised Music

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