Morph 29:55


Composed by Bertrand Denzler

Morph is another piece that is described by Denzler as a "pseudo-drone" which makes it a companion piece to Horns 1.2, the two being issued together by Confront in their appealingly distinctive square metal box packaging. While there are undoubted similarities between the two albums, the differences between them are more significant. Firstly, ONCEIM is a very different animal to Horns, consisting of thirty players—including Denzler, Gerbal, Laurin and Badaroux—on a variety of instruments taking in piano, accordion, reeds, brass, strings, percussion and electronics. Whereas the quartet Horns was created to play Denzler's pieces, ONCEIM is a well-established ensemble, having been founded in 2012 by Hubbub pianist Frédéric Blondy. The ensemble plays occasional gigs in Paris, at venues such as Église Saint-Merry, where this album was recorded in June 2014. While "Morph" and "Horns 1.2" are clearly based on the same principle, the greater number of players and the greater diversity of instruments in ONCEIM makes its music dramatically different to that of Horns. Its thirty instruments create a fuller, richer soundscape than the four horns while it evolves more slowly as each change by a musician is one thirtieth of the totality rather than a quarter. Consequently, the end result is more truly drone-like than its companion piece. Yes, the two are very different, but they shed light on each other and so are best heard together. The same is true of all three of these releases; together they are part of the evolution of Denzler and so each one is an important piece of an ongoing jigsaw. (John Eyles)


Pierre-Antoine Badaroux: alto saxophone
Félicie Bazelaire: cello
Sébastien Beliah: double bass
Frédéric Blondy: organ
Patricia Bosshard: violin
Cyprien Busolini: viola
Giani Caserotto: electric guitar
Xavier Charles: clarinet
Bertrand Denzler: tenor saxophone
Benjamin Dousteyssier: baritone saxophone
Benjamin Duboc: double bass
Yoann Durant: soprano saxophone
Rémi Durupt: percussion
Elodie Gaudet: viola
Antonin Gerbal: percussion
Louis Laurain: trumpet
Carmen Lefrançois: baritone saxophone
Julien Loutelier: percussion
Jean-Sébastien Mariage: electric guitar
Frédéric Marty: double bass
Arnaud Rivière: electronics
Joris Rühl: clarinet
Diemo Schwarz: electronics
Deborah Walker: cello


released May 23, 2020

The Confront Collectors Series issued one hundred albums between 2004 and 2019. This recording was ccs 35.

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