February 16, 2020 – 5:51 am

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and the White Desert Orchestra
Sant’Anna Arresi 2018 [no label, 1CD]

Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz. Piazza del Nuraghe, Sant’Anna Arresi, Sardinia, Italy; September 1, 2018. Very good satellite broadcast.

Eve Risser is a French jazz and improvised music performer, composer and arranger. She mostly plays piano and prepared piano, but also plays harpsichord and other instruments. A reviewer described her playing on the 2012 trio album En Corps as being “anything but conventional, highly percussive, full of muted strings, extended techniques, and repetitive phrases”. A Down Beat reviewer of her solo piano record Des Pas Sur La Neige commented on Risser’s “arsenal of techniques and tools that transform her instrument into a kaleidoscopic sound machine, producing unexpected tones and timbres.” - wikipedia

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In Eve Risser’s “Après un Rêve” [2019], the upright piano isn’t the alternative resource when some particular venue (here the FGO Barbara, in Paris) doesn’t have a grand piano and can’t afford the rental of one: it has its own mechanical properties and capacities, making it a valuable performing instrument and not just a surrogate. Known for her very personnal views in what concerns the preparation of a piano, French composer and improviser Eve Risser started a solo program in 2017 dedicated to the “piano droit” and this is the very first documented release of that particular enterprise.

With the bowels of the piano in front of her, it’s another kind of prepared piano, more rhythmic and also more composed (”improvisation as inner composition”, she says), we’re offered, openning the sound spectrum of this music to unsuspected possibilities. As always with Risser, the logics applied have “one hand on the heart, the other on the soul and a foot on the… party”. A party, we should add, made of delicate and intoxicating materials, almost Zen in its dreamlike developments, constantly in transition, mutating and gaining a life of its own, like a living organism. Simply beautiful… - cleanfeed-records.com

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Thanks to jazzrita for sharing the show at Dime.

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RAI Radio 3

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Track 01. Untitled 19:47
Track 02. Untitled 15:37
Track 03. Untitled 10:23
Track 04. Untitled 6:01
Track 05. Untitled 12:56
65 mins

Eve Risser-White Desert Orchestra:
Hector Lena-Schroll - trumpet
Fidel Fourneyron - trombone
Antonin-Tri Hoang - alto saxophone
Silke Eberhard - alto saxophone, clarinet
Benjamin Dousteyssier - tenor saxophone, bass saxophone
Sophie Bernado - bassoon
Marina Tantanozi - flute
Eve Risser - piano, prepared piano
Julien Desprez - guitar
Fanny Lasfargues - bass
Yoko Oshima - drums

Click here to order Eve Risser releases.

  1. 6 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: EVE RISSER - SANT’ANNA ARRESI 2018”

  2. Very strange musical impressionism.
    Sort of like early Tangerine Dream played
    with acoustic instruments.

    By John on Feb 16, 2020

  3. I have never heard of this person and her group , however that is typical of musical artists today unless you are a female artist who specializes in tintilation, outrageous behavior and wear skirts past your ass cheeks .

    By HHH on Feb 16, 2020

  4. Another modern non jazz post being called jazz . Why the word jazz can’t be ommited from some of these posts is baffling. I suppose anything with drums and a horn is considered jazz these days .

    By Smashmouth on Feb 16, 2020

  5. New to me. Looks interesting. Got to be worth a download and listen. Thanks BigO for left-field things like this

    By Bing Bongong on Feb 16, 2020

  6. Who are these bozos?

    By Smashmouth on Feb 16, 2020

  7. Looks interesting, BigO!! I’m with Bing Bongong…love the experimental stuff

    By DanC on Feb 18, 2020

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