After a first project called « Between », featuring saxophone players Bo Van Der Werf and Guillaume Orti, Pentadox now becomes an electro-acoustic sextet entitled “Fragments of Expansion”: by adding Lester St Louis on cello, Nick Dunston on doublebass and Weston Olencki on trombone & electronics, the band is willing to take an original direction through the very specific instrumentation and the 3 new adventurous minds, which are all composers, improvisers and performers. The possibilities of expansion are multiple, and Pentadox opted for an inner approach based on long-term experience in inviting musicians with whom they have already worked in the past (as it is the case for Dunston and Ber, or St-Louis and De Looze) but also chose to include electronics as a tool encouraging deep interaction and opening the sonic identity to a larger field of possibilities (by inviting Olencki). The ensemble takes now the shape of an intercontinental project, crossing time (from a residency, a recording and a first concert at Gent Jazz Festival 2019 to a tour) and space (through the presence of both American and European musicians).
“ Every composition is like a board game, with its own rules, melodies, rhythms and philosphy. – Samuel Ber “
The interest of each of these musicians for composition, improvisation, interaction, experimentation and long-term projects is the starting point for this new project. The basic musical idea is: when we want to mix composition and improvisation, we (as musicians) often first compose some written material and then try to find an improvisational “space” into it. But what about the opposite approach? Which would mean: starting from improvisation, trying to structure it into the sound of “composition”. How to reach this point, where the interaction is deep enough to generate form, texture, melody, rhythm and harmony in a kind of synchronicity? How to switch the connections and roles between Content and Container ? During a residency in June 2019, the band will be working on opening the seemingly dualistic relationship between Composition and Improvisation to hybrid shapes, new meanings and original ways of interacting. Music notation, traditionally written on paper, will extend directly to the minds of the performers. The sonic result is predicted as unexpected, blending individual and group perceptions and subconscious into a sustained stream of multiple fragments. A bit like mirror bursts.
“ Their music, which hints at influences from classical, avant-garde and improvised music, is – true to the nature of these fantastic musicians – full of adventure and breaking new ground. – writteninmusic.com “
Sylvain Debaisieux (B) – Tenor Saxophone
Bram De Looze (B) – Piano
Samuel Ber (B) – Drums
Nick Dunston (US) – Double Bass
Weston Olencki (US) – Electronics, Trombone
Lester St-Louis (US) – Cello