The suite Les Ondes Célestes was imagined in the midst of a dark and rude winter, during which I immersed myself in the organ music of Olivier Messiaen and the solo piano music of Arnold Schoenberg. In the piece Les Ondes, I was inspired by the metaphysical qualities of Messiaen’s writing, which by using very specific chord construction, creates a space far away from the terrestrial world, and in which a new mystic state can be achieved. Otherwise, the romantic influence of Schoenberg’s early atonal work comes through in pieces like Apparition and Disparition, where my writing has taken an automatiste approach. For me, these two pieces connect with a more grounded reality, and thus create a dialogue between human experience and modern writing techniques. In each movement of the suite, I have included open sections for group improvisations, to infuse the music with instinct and primal energy.
The first four pieces were written in the summer, and aim towards lightness. Approximation #2 is based on a small rhythmic idea, but remains ambiguous harmonically, hence the title. Approximation #3 is based on a Messiaen mode, but the improvisation, although based in the mode, stays approximate and loose when it comes to following the chords. 1923/Les Modernistes is a bass improvisation over serial piano chords, followed by a simple diatonic group improvisation. The first piece of the album, Le mystérieux ordre des choses, is a serial melody played over a bass and drum improvised drone.
- Gabriel Lambert, September 19th, 2015, Montréal
released October 9, 2015
Gabriel Lambert - Guitare
Andres Vial - Piano
Adrian Vedady - Upright bass
Michel Lambert – Drums
Music composed by Gabriel Lambert
Recorded by Andres Vial at Chromatic Audio studio, Montréal 2014
Mixed by Jace Lasek at Breakglass studio, Montréal
Mastered by Richard White at Breakglass studio, Montréal
Photographie by Cléa Minaker
Graphic design and portrait by Jeanette Lambert
Produced by Gabriel Lambert and Andres Vial
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