RHRR (Fr.) – 1/02/2017

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The music of the French trio, RHRR, is minimal, even secretive. As if in confession, the voice of Guylaine Cosseron whispers in your ear. Frédéric Blondy’s stabs of prepared piano underscore the vocal with a style reminiscent of Morton Feldman, while Xavier Charles makes time stand still through airy, drawn-out sounds on the clarinet. As the vocals and clarinet intertwine, combine and separate, being punctuated by the piano’s rhythm or harmony, a pared down yet infinite space emerges, lightly brushing up against silence.

Guylaine Cosseron has an unbelievable vocal range, from the highest of whistle tones to gutteral growls and gasps, to the purest – most gentle notes of your dreams.
She works across a wide range of fields, from improvisational music in groups such as RHRR, XYZZ, in duo with Phil Minton, and in trio with Minton and John Russell, to live music for silent film and large ensemble.

Frederic Blondy is one of the World’s leading artists in the world of expanded and prepared piano. Utilising an array of common and unusual devices, Frederic coaxes sounds from the piano like none heard before. His music, while subtle and often quiet, holds immense depth and complexity of sound. He is artistic director of Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisations Musicales, a 30-strong group created to develop links between improvisers skills and written music.

Xavier Charles is simply one of the greatest living clarinet players. He is a total innovator who has carved a rich and nuanced body of work which stands monumentally in 21st Century music. He has worked with many of top flight sonic adventurers including Dutch punk pioneers The Ex, Ethiopian sax magus Getatchew Merkuria, and the gamut of leading innovators of improvised music. Xavier’s performance ranges in style, from the edges of improvised music, to noise and noisey-rock, to electro-acoustic sound and installation.

Wednesday 1 February @ Audio Foundation, doors open 8.00pm.
$10 on the door