All sorts of jazz, free jazz and improv. Never for money, always for love.
A more than original project for drummer and percussionist Didier Lasserre, better known as an improviser (having participated in numerous recordings, mainly in small forms, from solos and duets to quartets), Silence was pleased is his first composed work.
To interpret it, the musician has chosen no less than seven partners to respond to the constant search that drives him, that of a "fair relationship between sound and silence". To go towards what he heard, he had to "find a path", note with precise indications the key points – entrances, exits, superpositions –, melodic profiles, with an important part still being left to improvisation.
From the selected septet, we therefore witness the appearance of sub-groups, often duets, sometimes a trio, and once for the finale, a quartet which fleetingly harbors the ghost of a sextet. In the end, a high quality musical melting pot carrying a lot of emotions, but also a lot of intimate daydreams, even post-baroque.
Behind the nickname "Lila Bazooka" stand Sophie Bernado and Céline Grangey, two artists in search of new frontiers to overcome. With Arashiyama, they combine jazz and a certain form of classicism, both in love with free experimentation and bubbling sounds. Difficult to classify, the universe of the duo roams the Japanese lands, a society torn between tradition and modernity, where they first found their inspiration while travelling there. Sophisticated and 'carnal', the breath serves as the backbone of this first album with vaporous and meditative contours, erecting a world crossed by a thousand lights and neat poetry, freedom and subtlety, by movements and displacements, softness and energy.
Music for the film written & directed by Eva Vitija.
It is my intention that the audience of LOVING HIGHSMITH should fall in love with the author, get to know her better, begin to hate her a little and ultimately separate from her but never forget her – having seen her with the candid gaze of a love story which leaves us transformed.
Eva Vitija, Bern, September 2021
If guitar is my house, duet is my home. We first met with Eva early 90’s, in Zürich with Corin Curschellas. First saw Bill Frisell in Paris (1984 with the Paul Motian Quintet) and discovered Mary when she covered « Cheshire Hotel » (written for Marc Ribot in 1996, another guitar duet). Contemporary, simultaneous & pace, just like the film.
Noël Akchoté, Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, January 2022
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Founded in 2000 in Sweden by Jan Ström and Åke Bjurhamn, Ayler Records has gained recognition among free jazz fans over the years by releasing both archive and contemporary recordings from artists as diverse as Jimmy Lyons, Noah Howard, Peter Brötzmann, William Parker or Charles Gayle, as well as documenting the Scandinavian free jazz scene.
In 2009, Ayler Records moved to France where it is now operated by Stéphane Berland who had joined the label in 2005, bringing with him the will to open the catalogue to forms of improvised music in less direct relationship with the free jazz history, while remaining faithful to the original spirit.