21:00 / 26 août 2005 / Noumatrouff

Hans Koch clarinette, Evan Parker saxophone, Johannes Bauer trombone, Paul Lytton batterie, Agustí Fernández piano, Barry Guy contrebasse, Mats Gustafsson saxophone, Herb Robertson trompette, Per-Åke Holmlander tuba, Raymond Strid batterie.

Barry Guy

Barry Guy is an innovative double bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of Jazz improvisation, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performance is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication.

Between the early Seventies and mid Nineties Barry Guy held principal bass position in various orchestras including The Orchestra of St.John’s Smith Square, City of London Sinfonia, Monteverdi Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, Kent Opera and The London Classical Players. During these years he was also active in the European Improvised Scene.

He is founder and Artistic Director of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra for which he has written several extended works with recordings of the following : Ode (Incus 1972 and re-released on Intakt 1996), Stringer (FMP 1980), Polyhymnia on ZURICH CONCERTS (Intakt 1988), Harmos (Intakt 1989), Double Trouble (Intakt 1990), Theoria (Intakt 1992) with the Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer as soloist, Portraits (Intakt 1994) and Three Pieces for Orchestra (Intakt 1997).

His concert works have been widely performed and his skilful and inventive writing has resulted in an exceptional series of compositions : Flagwalk (1983), The Eye of Silence (1988), Look Up ! (1990), After the Rain (1992), Bird Gong Game (1992), Fallingwater (1996), Redshift (1998), Remembered Earth (1999), Nasca Lines (2001), Inachis (2002), Folio (2002) and Anaklasis (2003).

Look Up ! was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber-Scale Composition 1991–1992. Guy’s compositions usually reflect a personal liaison with musicians and ensembles he writes for. As such, the commissions arrive from chamber orchestras, chamber groups and soloists interested in contemporary musical performance with a special commitment to communicate with the audience. Guy’s works therefore have a sense of freshness without recourse to ideological excesses or scores that baffle players to the extent that performing becomes a trial.

The scores however are virtuosic and often present innovative sonorities and extended instrumental techniques and as a performer himself he is ideally placed to assess these possibilities.

Barry Guy continues to give solo recitals throughout Europe as well as continuing associations with colleagues involved in improvised, baroque and contemporary music. His current regular ensembles are the Homburger/Guy duo, the Parker/Guy duo, piano trios with Marilyn Crispell and Paul Lytton, Jaques Demierre and Lucas Niggli and a recently formed trio with Agusti Fernandez and Ramon Lopez. He continues the longstanding trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton as well as projects with Mats Gustafsson.

The Barry Guy New Orchestra (BGNO), formed in 2000, features in festivals as a project ensemble, and Barry Guy as a director/composer is often invited to work with large ensembles using his own extensive library of composed works or to give lectures and workshops on his various graphic scores. BGNO’s first album Inscape-Tableaux was a recipient of the 2001 Choc de l’Année award in France.

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source : www.barryguy.com



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Ce n’est pas un secret, depuis trente ans, les grands ensembles se sont extrêmement raréfiés. À ceci deux raisons principales qui s’alimentent entre elles. L’une est esthétique, l’avènement de l’improvisation totale étant peu compatible avec la notion d’orchestre. L’autre, économique, veut qu’il soit difficile aujourd’hui de rassembler une quinzaine de musiciens, de répéter et enfin de trouver des diffuseurs pour l’orchestre. Parmi les rares qui ont tenté l’aventure, Barry Guy fait figure d’exception avec deux splendides ensembles : le London Jazz Composers Orchestra et le Barry Guy New Orchestra. Exception également dans l’écriture car il est un véritable compositeur qui n’ignore rien de ce que signifie écrire de la musique aujourd’hui et dont l’œuvre s’inscrit pleinement dans les deux histoires entremêlées du jazz et de la musique contemporaine. Le label INTAKT vient d’éditer l’enregistrement d’une nouvelle composition Oort Entropy servie par un véritable All-Stars des musiques improvisées mondiales. Jazzman, par la voix de Thierry Lepin, avait élu le précédent enregistrement disque de l’année 2001 et ce que le journaliste écrivait à l’époque s’applique certainement encore : « un coup de scalpel dès la première minute ».
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