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Sylvain Chauveau trio, Ensemble 0 with Stéphane Garin & Joël Merah, revisit the repertoires of Pauline Oliveros and György Ligeti from compelling new angles, with tantalisingly sound sensitive results.
Also simply referred to as 0 (zero), the trio here follow up their 2021 readings of gamelan and jazz fusion with a more in-depth focus on the tone and innovations of two legendary figures who opened up new ways of listening and thinking about musical purpose and structure in the late C.20th.
The first half is given to their take on ‘Horse Sings From Cloud’ (1975), taken from Pauline Oliveros’ ‘Accordion & Voice’ album for Lovely Music, Inc.. For some 20 minutes they gently play within its meditative, organic, microtonal score, breathing as one to generate a richly layered but elusive cloud of vaporous harmonics and the kind of nuanced timbral shifts that coax one’s eyes shut to best revel in its subtle plays of luminosity and atmospherc density.
Turning their attention to Austro-Hungarian legend György Ligeti - another composer whose influence on the past century’s avant garde cannot be overstated - 0 effortlessly find a joy in the demanding, pointillist precision of their performance of ‘Musica Ricercata’, crisply articulating its miniature sections with careful and effervescent results that clearly reveal how Ligeti’s work would greatly inform contemporary minimalism and soundtrack music.