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hybrids - hi birds

by Lynn Cassiers & Alexandra Grimal

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text Antoine Cegarra, extract from the clandestine opera la vapeur au-dessus du riz
text Antoine Cegarra, extract from the clandestine opera la vapeur au-dessus du riz
Seuil 00:58
text by Alexandra Grimal
Hi Birds 06:42
Call Me 01:17
text by Alexandra Grimal


Lynn Cassiers - treated voice and electronics
Alexandra Grimal - soprano saxophone and voice

Music by Lynn Cassiers and Alexandra Grimal

Texts by Antoine Cegarra, extract from the clandestine opera la vapeur au-dessus du riz (ovni records 2020), and Alexandra Grimal.

Recorded at à la scène nationale d’Albi, GMEA-Centre de Création Musical, Albi-Tarn by Benjamin Maumus and in Belgium at studio Sunny Side Studio, Bruxelles.

Mix and mastering in Bruxelles in 2021.

Photo by Alexandra Grimal, cover by Lynn Cassiers & Alexandra Grimal

Merci à Sonja Melis, Antonia Fritche, Manolo Cabras, Didier Aschour, Benjamin Maumus et l’équipe du GMEA- Centre National de Création d’Albi-Tarn.


released March 8, 2021

Extraits de presse :

« Très beau voyage, qui semble nous ramener pour conclure aux premiers grondements de l'univers. » Xavier Prevost, les dnj

"(...) una differente tipologia di scienza linguistica degli uccelli e che il duo sostiene, ma il saluto agli uccelli è unmetaforico saluto all’innocenza umana che sta combattendo un’inaudita battaglia; l’uccello è il bambinosognante della Grimal che la Cassiers ha caricato di una consapevolezza inaudita. E l’improvvisazione, con isuoi abiti irregolari, si infiltra in questi regni sovrani impostando un modello. L’ibrido dei nostri tempi!" Ettore Garzia, Percorsi Musicali

disque "élu" Citizen Jazz
"Ce sont des oiseaux, des oiseaux électriques qui occupent cet espace. (...) La sororité de ces créatrices, cette fascination pour les scènes hypnotiques et quasi-immobiles, telles des méduses lumineuses (...) ne peut se limiter à quelques ingrédients parsemés. C’est une musique qui leur appartient en plein. Belle et dérangeante, comme on les aime." Franpi Barriaux

"Elles vagabondent en trans frontalières des esthétiques, des paysages oniriques, des granulations sonores. Ne rien faire d’autre, fermez les yeux, affûtez vos oreilles et lâchez tout." Guy Sitruk, Jazz à Paris, Canalblog

'armed with their voices, electronics and soprano saxophone, create a music that, if it harkens to a particular avian species, must correspond to one as of yet unknown to science. (...) What we did find on Hi Birds was the same variety of pleasure that one finds in bird-watching, which is an activity best enjoyed with friends. Birdwatchers wander into uninhabited spaces, a wooded lot or a forested mountain. Almost never it is the eye that alerts the practiced hand to the presence of their quarry. Instead it is a song, high in a tree. The watchers freeze in unison. Craning their necks upward, they wait for one among their number to spot a sign of motion and silently point it out to the others. In this way, listening to either Ms. Cassiers and Ms. Grimal pause and one call out an unexpected sound so that the other might have the opportunity to respond to it, reminded us of our own past birdwatching hikes.' David Kiffer, The Poison Pie Publishing House


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Alexandra Grimal Paris, France

saxophonist, composer, singer songwriter playing all kinds of music ; jazz, experimental, contemporary, improvised, pop, traditional...

"Singulier, inclassable, et d'une indiscutable et mystérieuse beauté." Xavier Prévost
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