NOVIAUS TANZ, for violin, cello, virtual violins & virtual double bass

by Claude Marc Bourget

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Signes 02:59
Ferments 04:37
Cadences 07:11


« Li noviaus tanz et mais et violete.» Chatelains song, 12th century

Noviaus Tanz is a hybrid work, which includes two interpreters and virtual strings. The first step was writing the composition for violin and cello duet, which was interpreted in the studio, so traditional.

Then, a second level of composition was to add digitals parts (midi). Finally it should be mixed in a spirit of integration and multiple equilibria.

Noviaus Tanz is actually a plural dialogue. Dialogue violin-cello, celeste spring dialogue with the deep earth, and man-machine dialogue, as becomes and remains today our freedom and our chain.

05/14/12 REVIEW
JAZZ TIMES, USA, by Susan Frances

Classical pianist Claude Marc Bourget plays a new role on his latest recording Noviaus Tanz from Metis Islands Production as a programmer and arranger of the virtual violin and virtual double bass. Coupling electronic music with the acoustic ethers of cellist Pierre Alain Bouvrette and violinist Frederic Bednarz, Bourget creates elevating raptures and extemporaneous ripples that focus the mind and stimulate calmness through the soul.

The harmonies are melodically organized and arranged to flow with a natural elegance. Silky textured strings open “Ferments” coiled in winding cello rings. The verses roam with a vivacious spontaneity projecting orchestral arcs spruced by branches of improvisational sprigs. The broad, hushed strokes of “Cadences” alternate between light and heavy pressured notes while the crisp stride of “Signes” is garnished in ballerina-like twirls, lifts and jetes. The instruments transmute a lead and follow scheme which seduces the listener to move along with the established pattern.

Noviaus Tanz is innovative music with a dichotomy of electronic and acoustic sounds molding them into electrifying compositions. The improvised swags and curves add to the pieces majesty and allude to a sonic plane beyond the temporal world. (JazzTimes) / Read the review by Susan Frances.


released April 15, 2012

Frédéric Bednarz, violin
Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello
Claude Marc Bourget, samples, programming, arrangement
Engineer : Jacques Laurin
Mixing by Claude Marc Bourget and Carl Talbot.
Mastering by Carl Talbot, Le Lab Mastering, Montreal.


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