This recording was part of the SoundOut free improvisation house concert series of 2016 and highlights the intricacy and textural process which is so viceral in the musical context where free improvisation is paramount.
Swarm is a quartet of the following Artists:
Guylaine Cosseron: vocalist – France
Guylaine received Gold Medal at the jazz conservatory in Normandy, and started a jazz and Arabic music course with the quartet "The black slippers" and also started the vocal sextet “The big mouths” in Montpellier (cd sony) and then with the contemorary jazz quartet "The Bohemian waxwing, in 2000. She also sings in the jazz group of Balkan music "Bohemia Express" and with percussionist Emmanuel Ricard and in the public young duo "Before the words" (prehistoric music for young shoots). Her virtuosic vocal technique allows her to explore a wide range of vocal registers very original and well mastered, including various sound materials close musical instruments and the sounds or ethnic diponiques triphonic. Since 2005 she is engaged primarily in the improvised contemporary music, working with musicians including: Joelle Leandre, Phil Minton, Charles Xavier, Frederic Blondy, Camel Zekri, John Russell, Regis Huby, Michel Doneda, Simon Fell, Lee Quan Nihn, Fabrice Charles Toma Gouband, Sophie Agnel, Soizic Lebrat. Since 2012 she plays in the experimental band the OMEDOC in Normandy. She is also a vocalist in the draft sound poetry: "Events and Exorcism" with the comedian Denis washing and guitarist Jean-François Pauvros around texts by Henri Michaux.
Rhys Butler: alto sax – Canberra
Rhys has come to know the cities he has lived in through improvised music. The trio Dinner Sock (Stephen Roach (drums), David Keyton (feedback), and Rhys Butler (saxophones)) formed from the weekly Fugue State Sessions in Guangzhou. The group performed with local experimenters such as Yan Jun, Feng Hao and Li Zenghui and collaborated with musicians transiting China such as Uwe Bastiansen (Faust) and Lucas Abela. Despite living in different corners of the world, Dinner Sock has continued to participate in China's experimental music scene and played Beijing's Sally Can't Dance festival and NOIShanghai in 2012. In Santiago, Chile, Rhys participated in events run by Productura Mutante and played in the free-for-all Collective Improvisation NO. Now residing in Canberra, Rhys has been working in a reeds trio Psithurism with John Porter and Richard Johnson and Otiose Trio with Reuben Ingall and Paul Heslin on pure data manipulation.
Richard Johnson: wind instruments – Canberra
Richard performs with the texture of sound on soprano/baritone saxophone and bass clarinet and is experimenting with use of a bass drum with soprano saxophone to create a language of microtonal textural resonance. Also he has been making instruments from conical gourds from PNG, which allow the stripping back of the wind instruments to their most visceral and most sensuous form and allow for the exploration of extended techniques. He has performed at the SoundOut 2010 – 2016 festivals; What is Music Festival, Nownow Festival; the Make it Now performances; also performances with the Brice Glace Ensemble and the 102 Club Orkestra in Grenoble France; “Whip it“ series in Sydney; various Precipice annual Improv workshops hosted by Tony Osbourne as well as hosting local/interstate/international improvisation nights in Canberra. He is the Director/Curator/Producer/Administrator at SoundOut festivals. As a sound artist he worked with renowned visual Artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn for the Australia Exhibition at The Casula Power House as well collaborated with conceptual-visual artist Denise Higgins on soundscapes. He has performed with the likes of Jaap Blonk, Jon Rose, Hans Koch, Guylaine Cosseron, Jim Denley, Kim Myhr, Annette Giesreigl, Rodrigo Motoya, Antonio Panda Gianfratti, Thomas Rohrer, Luc Houtkamp, Clayton Thomas, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Yan Jun, Laura Altman, Michael Norris, Evan Dorian, etc. Currently performs in a wind trio with John Porter and Rhys Butler called Psithurism, which has a digital release with the renowned Canadian clarinetist Francois Houle.
Stephen Roach- Drums/tenor sax: USA
Stephen is an improvisational multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, percussion). Predominantly self-taught, the unique development of Roach’s creative and genre-spanning musical language has been spurred by collaborations with numerous artists. Notable past projects and performances on his native soil have included the talent of improv/experimental stalwarts such as Davu Seru (of Merciless Ghost, etc), Tim Glenn (Squidfist), Rob Cambre (founder of Anxious Sound), Donald Miller (Barbetomagus), Will Thompson (WATIV), Bruce Golden (Curlew), Douglas Ewart (AACM), Tyler Tadlock (Spirituals) and many more. Roach also spent the better part of a decade living in China, where his pursuit of adventurous sound exploration continued unabated. Collaborators included Yan Jun, Li Tieqiao, Li Jianhong, Vavabond, Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra), Li Zenghui, Feng Hao, Itta & Marqito, Lucas Abela, Greenmist, Klaus Janek, Claudio Rocchetti, Klaus Bru, and Rhys Butler etc. Roach is co-founder of two improvising trios, Susto and Dinner Sock, both focused on the spontaneously composed interplay between reeds, percussion, guitar or electronics. More recent projects include the improv-thrash duo Orlop with guitarist Adam MacGregor and Hive of Wires with Ryan Unks.
released May 3, 2017
Guylaine Cosseron: voice
Rhys Butler: alto saxophone
Richard Johnson: soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, gourdophone, bird calls + bass drum mute
Stephen Roach: drums & percussion
Recording Richard Johnson, Canberra 3 February 2016
Mixing and Mastering Kimmo Vennonen, KV Productions
Design Rhys Butler
Photography Jeremy Hegge