Stefan Christoff & Joseph Sannicandro - les rumeurs de la montagne rouge en chœur, convergent
Although we'd already produced a 20 minute piece for the radio, which we later edited into the A side of our cassette, Stefan and I didn't first play together in the same room until April 2014 during the Howl Arts festival. Stefan played piano and I manipulated loops on tape and with an old sampler. We were joined by Norman Nawrocki on violin, and though there were some really nice moments, it was a completely different experience from the recorded works. Before playing together a second time, in June, we got together for a couple practice sessions, deciding to reconsider out approach to the material, allowing us to be truer to the composition while allowing room for spontaneity and reinterpretation. Because the venue we were booked at no longer had a piano, Stefan decided to switch to electric guitar, while I used laptop and mixing board with outboard effects. We were both very pleased with the new direction, and happily were able to get together to do it again before the year's end. Since it's so rare to hear Stefan shredding on the guitar, we made sure to actually record this show. On top of that, La Plante has a beautifully beat up piano that Stefan got some lovely tones out of.
Thanks to everyone at La Plante, to the other artists(Le Berger, Sam Shalabi, Francesco De Gallo, and Guillaume Vallée), to Howl Arts and to everyone who came out.
Sound by Danji Buck-Moore
Photo credit: Thien
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