Rene` Lussier
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Fin Du Travail , 5/10
Chants Et Danses Du Monde Inanime` , 6/10
Le Tresor De La Langue , 7/10
Le Corps De L'Ouvrage (Ambiences Magnetiques, 1994), 6/10
Three Suite Piece (ReR, 1996), 6/10
Le Tour Du Bloc (Victo, 1996), 6/10
Trois Histoires (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1996), 6/10
La Vie Qui Bat Chevre (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1997), 5/10
Chronique D'Un Genocide Annonce` (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998), 5/10
La Vie Qui Bat Chevreuil (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998), 5/10
Dur Noyau Dur (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998), 6/10
Des Pas Et Des Mois (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1999), 5/10
Qu'ouis-je (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2000), 5/10
Solos De Guitar Electrique (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2000), 6/10
Deboutonne` (OHM, 2000), 5/10
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Rene' Lussier was a member of the legendary Canadian progressive-rock band Conventum, which released A L'Affut d'un Complot (Tamandir, 1977), for a guitar quartet plus violin, and Le Bureau Central des Utopies (Cadence, 1979), and whose work is collected on Re-Edition 1979-80 (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1986). The line-up featured Andre Duchesne and Jean Derome, who would both enjoy a prolific solo career.

Canadian guitarist Lussier began organizing his own archives of film scores and assorted compositions, and released first Fin Du Travail (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1983), that collects scores for cinema, and then the duets of Chants Et Danses Du Monde Inanime` (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1984), with saxophonist and clarinetist Robert Marcel Lepage.

Another group was Les Granules, whose albums were Soyez Vigilants, Restez Vivants (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1986), Le Retour Des Granules (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1988), Au Royaume Du Silencieux (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1992).

Le Tresor De La Langue (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1989) is widely considered his masterpiece and features Jean Derome, Fred Frith and Tom Cora.
Tracks: La Francaise Du Debut - Le Non-Lieu - Vox Pop 1 - Le Depart Des Aventuriers, Arts Et Traditions - L'Heure Du Diner - Les 2 Soeurs De Trois-Rivieres - Rue Principale - Montage 28, La Visite De Charles De Gaulle - De Gaulle Revisite - L'Anglaise Du Quebec - Kiki - Manifeste Du F.L.Q., Vestibule - Ce Ca Qu'On Va Faire! - Le Gars Du Irving - Le Tic-Tac D'La Veille - Le Blues Des Resultats - Lend'Main D'Veille - Qui Se Souvient?, L'Appel D'La Pelle - Ya Tout' Mon Estime - Le Manifeste du F.L.Q., Le Message D'La Reine - Echange De Bar, Fanfare Et Tradition - L'Indecise, C'T'Ecoeurant - Vestibule Leger - Ma Mere - Ha Bein Ce L'Fun, Ouin Ce Ca - Vous Me M'Nez A Bout - Le Commercial, Mme Xavier Martin Revisitee - Le P'tit Jesus de M. Chose, Le Diable - L'Enfer - Le Reveil, L'Amygdalite A Duchesne - Wow Bec, On Peut Parler.

Le Corps De L'Ouvrage (Ambiences Magnetiques, 1994) is scored for a small jazz-rock ensemble of seven horns, bass and guitar. The music borders Frank Zappa's neoclassical work and Weather Report's jazz-rock.

Three Suite Piece (ReR, 1996), with Jean Derome and Chris Cutler, spans the years from 1987 to 1989 and documents more organic approach. His "rock" group consists of Jean Derome, Tom Cora and the ubiquitous Chris Cutler, and, needless to say, has little to do with rock and roll. The style of La Suite Des Trois Pommes, inspired by Bach's suites for cello, falls between the most folkish movements of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and the most festive moments of Lol Coxhill's Welfare State project. This is as creative and as humorous as post-modern revisitations can get. Don't Worry Suite is more like what you would expect from a bunch of veteran improvisers. On Cold Storage Suite Derome's keyboards steal the show: again, the music becomes very intellectual, bordering on progressive-rock, free-jazz and musique concrete. A good document of Lussier's prolific output, although the experiments are at times a little indulgent.

On Le Tour Du Bloc (Victo, 1996) Lussier conducts a 15-unit orchestra. Trois Histoires (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1996) collects three lengthy suites. Chronique D'Un Genocide Annonce` (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998) is the soundtrack to a documentary. La Vie Qui Bat Chevre (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1997) and La Vie Qui Bat Chevreuil (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998) are two sets of duets with drummer Pierre Tanguay. Dur Noyau Dur (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998), Des Pas Et Des Mois (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1999), Qu'ouis-je (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2000) are duets with turntablist Martin Tetrault (but he plays electronics on the latter).

Lussier is also one of the Les Quatre Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar, formed by Duchesne, who had debuted with the solo album Le Temps des Bombes (1984), that released Tournee Mondiale (1987) and Fin De Siecle (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1989), albums for guitar quartet plus drums that were inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Robert Fripp and Fred Frith.

Solos De Guitar Electrique (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2000) sounds like a cross between Fred Frith and Ry Cooder. Deboutonne` (OHM, 2000) is a solo album of acoustic guitar.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Paolo Latini)

René Lussier era membro della progressive-band canadese Conventum, che realizzò A L'Aff=96t d'un Complot (Tamandir, 1977) e Le Bureau Central des Utopies (Cadence, 1979), ora raccolti con altro materiale in Re-Edition 1979-80 (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1986). Nela formazione c'erano Andre Duchesne e Jean Derome, che avranno entrambi delle prolifiche carriere soliste.

Il chitarrista canadese Lussier comincia ad organizzare i suoi archivi di musica per film e composizioni assortite, e realizza prima Fin Du Travail (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1983), che raccoglie pezzo per il cinema, e poi i duetti di Chants Et Danses Du Monde Inanimé (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1984), con il sassofonista e clarinettista Robert Marcel Lepage.

Un altro gruppo è stato Les Granules, i cui album erano Soyez Vigilants, Restez Vivants (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1986), Le Retour Des Granules (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1988), Au Royaume Du Silencieux (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1992).

Le Tresor De La Langue (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1989) è comunemente considerato il suo capolavoro e presenta Jean Derome, Fred Frith e Tom Cora.
Tracks: La Francaise Du Debut - Le Non-Lieu - Vox Pop 1 - Le Depart Des Aventuriers, Arts Et Traditions - L'Heure Du Diner - Les 2 Soeurs De Trois-Rivieres - Rue Principale - Montage 28, La Visite De Charles De Gaulle - De Gaulle Revisite - L'Anglaise Du Quebec - Kiki - Manifeste Du F.L.Q., Vestibule - Ce Ca Qu'On Va Faire! - Le Gars Du Irving - Le Tic-Tac D'La Veille - Le Blues Des Resultats - Lend'Main D'Veille - Qui Se Souvient?, L'Appel D'La Pelle - Ya Tout' Mon Estime - Le Manifeste du F.L.Q., Le Message D'La Reine - Echange De Bar, Fanfare Et Tradition - L'Indecise, C'T'Ecoeurant - Vestibule Leger - Ma Mere - Ha Bein Ce L'Fun, Ouin Ce Ca - Vous Me M'Nez A Bout - Le Commercial, Mme Xavier Martin Revisitee - Le P'tit Jesus de M. Chose, Le Diable - L'Enfer - Le Reveil, L'Amygdalite A Duchesne - Wow Bec, On Peut Parler.

Le Corps De L'Ouvrage (Ambiences Magnetiques, 1994) è pensato per un piccolo ensemble di jazz-rock con sette fiati, bass o e chitarra. La musica è al confine tra i lavori neoclassici di Frank Zappa e il jazz-rock dei Weather Report.

Three Suite Piece (ReR, 1996), con Jean Derome e Chris Cutler, ricopre il periodo che va dal 1987 al 1989 e documenta un approccio più organico. Il suo gruppo "rock" consiste di Jean Derome, Tom Cora e l'ubiquo Chris Cutler, e, ça van sans dir, ha ben poco a che vedere col rock and roll. Lo stile di La Suite Des Trois Pommes, inspirata dalle suite per violoncello di Bach, cadono a metà strada tra i movimenti più folk del Mike Oldfield di Tubular Bells e i momenti più festosi del progetto Welfare State di Lox Coxhill. È la rivisitazione più creativa, umorale e post-moderna che si possa avere. Don't Worry Suite è quello che ti aspetteresti da un manipolo di improvvisatori veterani. Su Cold Storage Suite le tastiere di Derome rubano lo show: ancora, la musica diventa molto intellettuale, toccando il progressive-rock, il free-jazz e la musica concreta. Un buon esempio della prolificità di Lussier, sebbene gli esperimenti a volte siano un po' indulgenti.

Su Le Tour Du Bloc (Victo, 1996) Lussier conduce un'orchestra di 15 elementi. Trois Histoires (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1996) raccoglie tre lunghe suites. Chronique D'Un Genocide Annonce` (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998) è la colonna sonora per un documentario. La Vie Qui Bat Chevre (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1997) e La Vie Qui Bat Chevreuil (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998) sono due insiemi di duetti con il batterista Pierre Tanguay. Dur Noyau Dur (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1998), Des Pas Et Des Mois (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1999), Qu'ouis-je (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2000) sono duetti con il turntablist Martin Tetrault (ma sugli ultimi lascia il giradischi e si occupa dell'elettronica).

Lussier è anche uno dei Les Quatre Guitaristes de l'Apocalypso-Bar, che realizzano World Tour (1987) e Fin De Siecle (Ambiances Magnetiques, 1989).

Solos De Guitar Electrique (Ambiances Magnetiques, 2000) sembra un incrocio tra Fred Frith e Ry Cooder. Deboutonné (OHM, 2000) è un album di sola chitarra acustica.

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