"Parenthèse polonaise"

Gaël Riondel (saxophones, flute)
d'incise (laptop, objects, treatements)
Cyril Bondi (drums)

live album recorded during our tour in Poland, 2006
available on TEST TUBE netlabel
[tube049], 2006


From the same band:


"Diatribes is the name of a 1996 album by Napalm Death. With no apparent relation, "Diatribes" is also the name of a trio dedicated to improvised music. Originally from Geneva, this trio is Cyril Bondi (drums, percussion), Gaël Riondel (saxophones, clarinet, flute) and Laurent Peter - a.k.a. d'incise - (laptop, objects, effects). Working exclusively with digital distribution, this swiss trio have released a total of six works to this moment, each through a different label: Edogm, Zymogen, Tulipesa, Insubordinations, Stomoxine and Digitalbiotope. "Parenthèse polonaise", their new work released by Test Tube, shows off a band exploring free improv soundworks. On the trio's website we find three words to classify their sound: free jazz/electro-acoustic/noise. None of them is wrong, but this may not be the absolutely right definition. More than free jazz or noise, this music is descendant of European driven free/improv, in the lines of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Han Bennink or Peter Brötzmann. Right on the first track, "Cieszyn 1.1", there is a percussion sequence which evokes Tony Oxley experiences. d'incise's work, on laptop and effects, complements the percussion action, forming a cohesive sound block. Riondel's blowing works as contraposition, in an insanely interaction. Sometimes the drums elaborate a certain rhythmic steadiness, but don't extend it on too rigid formulas, the blowing is strong and inconstant, and the effects sharp 'round the corners. The recording, with all the background room and audience noise, probably isn't the most appropriate for audiophile fans, but encapsulates the session's informality - and, consequently, the expressively freedom of this music. As the most evident example of this trio's creativity, there is track 11, "Trzebinia 1.4", where tribal sounds are mixed together with crescendos and noise. The following track, "Bielsko Biala 1.3", on the other hand goes to more familiar territories; it is a piece closely related to the free jazz of the New York loft scene, circa 1969. Closing the album, an 8 and a half minutes track starts slowly to grow until it arrives to a diabolic free finale. It's safe to say that these "Diatribes" don't come from death metal, but they're not far from the devil."
Nuno Catarino