by Bruno LetortBruno Letort


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Part interpretation, part collaboration -- including drawing on some unreleased work by the late Hector Zazou -- Lignes finds Bruno Letort engaged once more in the kind of composition that resists too-pat description as either progressive rock (in any sense) or modern classical music -- or much else in between. With Letort handling often queasy, unsettled guitar parts, he and his collaborators, including Japanese singer Kumi Okamoto and orchestral director Jean-Paul Dessy, whose Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles premiered the piece in concert in 2007, create a series of often short selections drawing on the novel of the same name by Murakami Ryu. The collective results are all attractively mesmerizing in a dark, moody fashion, but that oversimplifies the often striking range shown piece by piece. The whispered voices and distant tones that introduce "Fumi," for instance, verge between cinematic emotional impression and the feeling of a sonic installation, being surrounded by texture punctuated equally by sudden string interjections and a rhythmic feedback plucking. (The visual elements of the piece hinted at by the cover art but otherwise unavailable suggest how closely it would also function beyond the music itself.) Other pieces like "Junko" rely on a similar balance between space surrounded by the individual elements in the overall arrangement -- the pulsing string part in that selection always sounds separate from the low drones preceding its appearance -- though sometimes everything draws closer together. "Takayama," co-written by Okamoto, puts her singing closer to the forefront; if it's not a pop track as such it's the most immediate song on the album in a broadly understood sense -- something that the collage of vocals and notes in heavy echo at the start of "Yasuko" is not, though the rolling rock rhythm jam that follows has its own strong appeal.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
Label: Sub Rosa
UPC: 5411867112952
catalogNumber: 295

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruno Letort   Primary Artist,Guitar,electronics
Klaus Blasquiz   Vocals
Jean-Paul Dessy   Conductor
Jean-Pol Zanutel   Cello
Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles   Ensemble
Dominique Grimaldi   Bass
Dominica Eyckmans   Alto
Kumi Okamoto   Vocals
Marine Horbaczewski   Cello
Régïs Boulard   Drums
Franck Vaillant   Drums
Paul Declerck   Alto
Eric Robberecht   Violin
Antoine Maisonhaute   Violin
François Haag   Double Bass
Pierre Quiriny   Percussion
Veronique Lierneux   Violin
David Núñez   Violin

Technical Credits

Klaus Blasquiz   Composer
Hector Zazou   Composer
Jean-Paul Dessy   Direction
Christophe Dupouy   Engineer
Koji Asano   Composer
Jarek Frankowski   Engineer
Christian Zanési   Composer
Dominique Grimaldi   Composer
Bruno Letort   Arranger,Composer,Engineer,Text
Kumi Okamoto   Composer
Régïs Boulard   Composer
Franck Vaillant   Composer
Denis Deprez   Drawing

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