diatribes + Jacques Demierre and Johann Bourquenez
"Piano(s)"


with:
Jacques Demierre (piano)
Johann Bourquenez (piano) (on 1 & 5)
d'incise (laptop, objects)
Cyril Bondi (drums, percussions)

1- 5 recorded on May 16th 2008 at AMR, Geneva and 2-3-4 on September 26th 2008 at 2.21, Lausanne
available on INSUB. netlabel
[insubcdr05], 2009
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Press:

"Not your parents' piano duos, these prime slabs of first-class improv should banish any memories of the achievements of Albert Ammons & Pete Johnson, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington or even Jaki Byard & Howard Riley. Moving one step beyond the Jazz and Free Jazz of these earlier keyboard meetings, the Swiss-French recital featuring Jacques Demierre and Johann Bourquenez utilize so many extended techniques and unique string-and-key variants in their joint narratives that at times the pure piano-ness of the instrument almost vanishes into abstraction. Additionally the polyphonic textures supplied by drummer Cyril Bondi and electronic treatment from D'incise on Piano(s), become as much part of the interface with the pianos as they exist on their own.
Appropriately reflecting the parenthetical title of Piano(s), that CDŐs two most evocative tracks, "Tornade" and "Sous l'écorce", demonstrate how the deconstructed interface Geneva-based DŐincise and Bondi have developed since 2004 alters when merged with the strokes and slides of the two pianists. Demierre on his own is their foil on the three remaining tracks. More to the point, it's a tribute to Besançon, France-born Bourquenez, who is approximately two decades younger than Demierre, that the wide-ranging and multiphonic interface with the others doesn't suffer - or honestly sound that much different - when he's the only keyboardist featured. And Demierre is a tough act to follow since the Swiss stylist is as comfortable working in notated music as improvisation; and creating soundscapes and installation as he is adding his voice to other sound experimenters such as saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and clarinetist/vocalist Isabelle Duthoit.
A creative connectivity is showcased on Piano(s). As a matter-of-fact when the first track runs into the second or the penultimate joins the final one, it's impossible to determine that one piano has left the narrative. Perhaps the only clues arrive during those rare moments when sequences of high-classical, fantasia-like note cascades result from the intersection of 166 keys.
Other than that, the staccato portamento runs or doubled connective glissandi could come from either pianist - or both. While piano fireworks are on show, Bondi rolls, ruffs and pops different parts of his kit or accents the melodies with struts and slams. Plus the occasional wave-form flutter from D'incise makes its presence felt. Overall the sul tasto string sawing, strummed chords and understated key tinkles make the five tracks speed by, with the entire session blending into artful sound layering.
More than piano duos, this CD is united in offering notable group creation. "
Ken Waxman/jazzword

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"Oh-my-God-it's-full-of-stars-jazz En écoutant ce disque, je ne pouvais pas m'empêcher d'avoir un sentiment de déjà vu (euh...entendu). Chaque note m'était pourtant familière, mais je n'arrivais pas à me mettre le doigt sur le contexte où j'avais entendu les folles envollées de Piano(s). Puis ça m'est revenu, comme un commentaire anti-sémite posté par erreur sur facebooK! C'était ce qui jouait quand j'ai touché le monolithe et que j'ai transcendé l'espace et le temps en quelques minutes. Alors que je voyais l'univers défiler devant mes yeux à folle allure, quelqu'un a eu la bonne idée de mettre cet album pour m'accompagner dans ce périple. Bouyah!"
CISM FM/JAZZ

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"Géometrie variable: Piano(s) est un nouveau jalon dans l'abondante production mise en circulation par le label Insubordinations. Entité romande à vocation internationale, celui-ci ne s'embarrasse pas de supports physiques, a l'heure où l'industrie du disque fait figure de dinosaure agonisant. Insubordinations explore désormais des contrées expérimentales où jazz libre, musique improvisée et concrète font bon ménage. C'est le cas chez Diatribes, ensemble genevois à géometrie variable conduit par Cyril Bondi (percussions) et Laurent Peter, alias d'incise (ordinateur, objets). Les pianistes Jacques Demierre et Johann Bourquenez les rejoignent ici pour un échange ludique de bruits et de notes qui semblent se chercher, se trouver et s'échapper à nouveau."
Roderic Mounir/le courrier

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"The release counts five tracks, all of them recorded live in Geneva and Lausanne in 2008. Piano's dominate the sound in the opening track 'Tornade' with a Cecil Taylor-like tsunami of clusters. Also reminding of the last work of that other swiss combination Steamboat Switzerland. In the second piece this exuberance is gone. In 'Chants Evades' the drums make up the building force accompanied with very controlled pianowork. 'Et puis partir' is more of a sound exploration consisting of short runs on piano and drums, and functional laptop work by D'Incise. The last two tracks are Satie-esque subtile improvisations that reveals the romantic side of these musicians. To conclude, it illustrate that Geneva is a very fruitful place to be now for improvised music. "
DM/vital weekly

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"Diatribes mixes percussion, piano, and software in the interest of sonic exploration. As heard on their recent Insubordinations netlabel release, they take an approach firmly rooted in the clanky, fluid, theoretically rigorous yet sonically elastic techniques of European free improvisation. Witness Cyril Bondi (drums, percussions) and D'Incise (laptop, objects) mixing it up with pianist Jacques Demierre and Johann Bourquenez: "Chants évadés" is all fragmented pianism and round-the-outside drumming, but shot through with wavering synthesized sound, a groggy drone that holds the whole thing together. "Et Puis Partir," in contrast, is more willfully haphazard, less about anything closely approximating song, and more a matter of noise for its own intrinsic sake, each instrumentalist locating small sounds, from hazy upper-register playing by Demierre, to tribal taunts from Bondi. The introduction of D'Incise's laptop into the sound world of free improv makes perfect sense, given free improvisationŐs ever-present focus on using familiar instruments to make all manner of unfamiliar noises. The laptop expands that palette considerably, and at no point in these sets stands out as inappropriate or jarring."
Marc Weidenbaum/disquiet.com

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"Subtle Free Jazz | Insubordination(s) Netlabel is a good address when it comes to quality Jazz and Jazz-related music in Netaudio. The label is run by Geneve sound activist Laurent Peter aka d'incise, who's responsible for the glitches in Diatribes as well. For "Piano(s)", Diatribes is accompanied by Jacques Demierre and Johann Bourquenez of Plaistow.
Jacques Demierre uses the piano as a source of sound rather than a classical instrument. Part Cecil Taylor part John Cage, his play is full of little noises and surprising tonal cascades, percussive and herein the perfect complement for Cyril Bondis' poetic and introspect drums. Between the clusters, there is a lot of space- or none. A refreshing and rich concept that requires concentrated listening admittedly.
On two tracks, Plaistow head Johann Bourquenez joins the gang. His approach to piano is much different from Demierre's delicate boned experimentalism. "Tornade" rushes the listener with the energy of a, well, tornado and leaves the wastelands, Jacques Demierre and Diatribes can perform their subtle improvisations on afterwards."
sven swift/phlow magazin