Reviews

This recording […] testifies to their willingness to take on challenges to find new musical ground.

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 24:6, March 1, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

Martin set out to create a fecund dialectic of sound and music with the piece, and in that he has succeeded. (cqb_1922). […] Both pieces are quintessential Niblock — thickly textured swarms of drones made up of microtones and moving timbres. Sustaining the requisite long tones undoubtedly is a challenge to the players’ physical stamina, but the sounds never falter. (cqb_1924)

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, February 28, 2019

Simon Martin: Musique d’art (CD) And Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

Montréal’s peerless Quatour Bozzini uses overdubbing to adapt two typically intense works by Phill Niblock, originally scored for orchestra, illuminating the inherent psychoacoustic effects with breathtaking power.

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, February 28, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

Et il va falloir s’accrocher un petit peu au pinceau pour entrer pleinement dans l’écoute de ce pressing clouds passing crowds qui révèle de nouveaux aspects de la Weltanschauung musicale de ce musicien pour le moins surprenant.

François Becquart, Music in Belgium, February 18, 2019

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

As a listener you are here a participant and at the same time an observer of this exceptional creation.

Paul Van de gehuchte, Dark Entries, February 16, 2019

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

… in terms of arrangement and convincing combination of roles, the present pressing clouds passing crowds follows an important formal completion and a personal brand of consistent lyrical dimension.

Aldo Del Noce, Jazz Convention, February 11, 2019

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

Le Quatuor Bozzini épouse cette musique avec un naturel déroutant.

Benjamin Goron, La Scena Musicale, February 11, 2019

Just So (CD) album review

With its echoes of folksay, impressionism, stark improvisation and poetics, pressing clouds passing crowds is a distinctive creation…

Ken Waxman, The WholeNote, January 29, 2019

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

This version of Disseminate stands among the mightiest episodes met over decades of acquaintance with Niblock’s material. Its character is extraordinarily “in your face”

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes, January 23, 2019

Phill Niblock: Baobab (CD) album review

My 40 favorite albums of 2018

Peter Margasak, Peter Margasak, January 8, 2019

Just So (CD) album review

Best Chamber CD

Sequenza 21, December 30, 2018

Bozzini+ (2 × CD) album review

Cassandra Miller’s music has knocked me sideways.

Kate Molleson, Herald Scotland, December 26, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

With pressing clouds passing crowds, a delicate and eclectic chamber balance came to be created, thanks to the versatility of the Ingar Zach associate and the instrumentalists of the Canadian Quatuor Bozzini , mainly affiliated with the post-cagean avant-garde of independent labels such as Wandelweiser and Another Timbre, in addition to their own label (simply labeled “qb”).

Michele Palozzo, Ondarock, December 4, 2018

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

I could listen to this over and over.

Peter Hollo, FBi Radio, December 2, 2018

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

If a new soundtrack for L’Année dernière à Marienbadwas needed, pressing clouds passing crowds is it. Thematically, the collaboration between Norwegian guitarist Kim Myhr, French-Norwegian poet Caroline Bergvall, the Québécois string quartet Quatour Bozzini and Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach hits the film’s pressure points: the slippages between experience and perception of space and time. Lyrically and musically, the six tracks connect with the images conjured for the screen by the Alains Resnais and Robbe-Grillet as everything about the album is fluid.

Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk, November 26, 2018

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

On pressing clouds passing crowds guitarist/composer Kim Myhr has collaborated with poet Carolyn Bergvall on a suite of pieces touching on passage and transience in their many manifestations.

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, November 19, 2018

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

The combination of Kim Myhr, Quatour Bozzini, percussionist Ingar Zach and poet Caroline Bergvall is a fascinating, captivating and successful one, and results in pressing clouds passing crowds which is an album of ambitious, groundbreaking and genre-melting music. Kim Myhr’s 12-string guitar glistens, shimmers, chimes and chirps, and combines with sprinklings of different types of percussion and stabs, sighs, whispers, drones and glissando slides courtesy of the Quatour Bozzini’s strings. They provide a counterpoint to Caroline Bergvall’s mesmeric voice which will have the listener spellbound and captivated, as music and text combines to create a rich, complicated and multilayered album in six movements.

Derek Anderson, Derek’s Music Blog, November 14, 2018

pressing clouds passing crowds (CD) album review

… varied works that possess a rare, original lyricism, in which traditional materials are fragmented and recast…

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 24:3, November 1, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

The texture is thick and creamy, very complex and lovely, the phrases almost conversational, as though discussing and contemplating that aforementioned threshold, but doing so with little apprehension. It ends with quiet acceptance.

Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear, October 31, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

History has been made.

JOHN EYLES, All About Jazz, October 16, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

It’s an immensely satisfying, soft kind of almost-lullaby, a fine ending to a superb recording.

Brian Olewnick, Just outside, September 12, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

Trip, en quatre mouvements asymétriques, entraîne l’auditeur dans un voyage hallucinant…

Pierre Durr, Revue & Corrigée, no. 117, September 1, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) And Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

Quatuor Bozzini make the fiendish technical requirements of playing this piece with finesse all but invisible.

Ben Harper, Boring Like A Drill, August 27, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

Cassandra Miller: Just So; O Zomer! CD review — profoundly haunting — 4 stars

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, August 23, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

Quatuor Bozzini was a stellar choice; their long relationship with the composer, and their ability to make every swell and timbral juxtaposition count in music where they are paramount, renders their interpretations second to none.

Marc Medwin, Dusted Magazine, August 21, 2018

Just So (CD) album review

… the Quatuor Bozzini maintain a clarity of individual articulation, even in the densest passages.

Daniel Barbiero, Avant Music News, May 29, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

… a very rewarding and satisfying experience,  revealing an intriguing beauty…

Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 1133, May 14, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

At once static and tumultuous, this is depth experience, rewarding all the attention one can give it.

Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote, no. 23:8, May 1, 2018

Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (CD) album review

In the closing section, the piece turns to a repeated and strangely vertiginous ascending motif made all the more affecting by the performers’ restrained urgency. The quartet, supplemented by violist Jennifer Theissen and the fine Baroque/early music cellist Elinor Frey, bring out an understated but real richness in the piece

Daniel Barbiero, Percorsi Musicali, January 30, 2018

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

The Bozzini deliver with aplomb…

Grant Chu Covell, La Folia, January 1, 2018

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

Since forming in 1999, Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini have steadily ascended to become not only one of the most daring string quartets in Canada, but in the entire world.

Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily, December 22, 2017

Christopher Butterfield: Trip (CD) album review

My personal discovery of 2017 was the insistently haunting music of the US-born, Canadian-based Linda Catlin Smith, both in concert at the Huddersfield festival and on Drifter

Andrew Clements, The Guardian, December 21, 2017

Drifter (2 × CD) album review