ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP
by Bouche Bée
All proceeds in support of IKLECTIK
John Eyles – (saxophones, pedals)
Petri Huurinainen – (acoustic guitar, ebow, pedals, objects)
Emmanuelle Waeckerlé – (voice, amplified rosewood flute)
Entre chien et loup is a multi-layered French expression. It is used to describe a specific time of day, just before night, when the light is so dim you can’t distinguish a dog from a wolf. It also expresses that limit between the familiar, the comfortable and the unknown (or between the domestic and the wild). It is an uncertain threshold between hope and fear.
In the spring of 2017, music-writer and saxophonist John Eyles joined Bouche Bée. As a trio, we spent the next two years improvising every couple of weeks or so, at Emmanuelle’s studio in Thornton Heath.
We took our time to develop our collective language, each finding our way, our place, our voice within this new chosen configuration, each searching for or trying to maintain what felt like the right balance between musical togetherness and personal expression. Session after session, our sound and pace developed organically.
Each session consisted of a series of two to four improvisations, varying between 10 and 45 minutes, and was recorded. Although each of us feels differently about listening to recorded improvisation, we all agreed to do so for documentation purpose, or for individual use in relation to our own playing.
The idea of making a CD out of these recordings only came a few months after we stopped these sessions. Because we missed them, because we felt that we had made some interesting works worth sharing, works that were quite different from what we had performed live.
The tracks on Entre Chien et Loup were selected over six months of individual listening and selecting, then picking those who had been unanimously chosen as well as a few rogue ones that had been successfully argued for by one of us. We agreed on minimal postproduction, only to clean the beginnings and endings or major glitches when necessary.
“These recordings are the sound of the first breaths drawn, rasping and defiant, animated and animating, as close and as personal as that. The sound of the panting joy of a bastard pack of dog-wolves, streaming towards the horizon and a new home, all the while crying out for the full moon in exile and return.”
-N.O. Moore, April 2020
“ Film-like, the sonic textures summons distant places, but these faraway scenes are rapidly dispelled by the proximity of their source. That is, the richly undisguised material ground of wood, throat, string and metal. Mysterious, not mystifying, these conflicting mechanisms are held in tension throughout this fascinating artwork.
-Vicky Smith, April 2020
“An engulfing spaciousness. Carefully guiding you, at other times an abrupt difference. Get your VR goggles; an association of nature mediated through technology. Sound with a feeling of intention and lightness, later heavy and laughter. Minimal elements explored. Turned over in the mouth, taste savoured. ”
-Edward Shipsey, April 2020