The idea to put the two parties together was the brainchild of Vancouver improviser François Houle, who gave the idea to Vancouver Jazz Festival director Ken Pickering, who in turn invited the collaboration to begin there in 2008. The sound quality and improvisation styles were such a good match, and the show was so well received, that plans were very quickly in place to continue the endeavour.
Benoît Delbecq invited the quartet for a further explorative session in Montreuil, France, at Instants Chavirés, “a music venue conceived as a laboratory for improvised, experimental and noise music.”
The Bozzini Quartet is very pleased to be bringing this project home to Montréal for the first time here at the Suoni per il Popolo festival—a festival which has traditionally been the sounding board for Bozzini Quartet improvisation adventures.
The musical experience here is unusual and notable—first of all for the smooth and appealing blend of similar sound worlds: Benoît with his prepared piano creates a warm, resonant, otherworldly sound palette—this combines with that of the string instruments to make an emotional, profound, introspective sound-space.
Secondly, it must be noted that the Bozzini Quartet are of the few (or only) quartets in the world engaging in free improvisation (not linked to any jazz or classical genre). This is a strange adventure in that it requires a balance between two extremes: on one hand the quartet trains together, several hours each day, to think and act like one instrument, to build certain patterns of relationship. On the other extreme, this unity must be forgotten in order to celebrate the impulsive individuality that is so important to improvised communication.
The balance and playfulness between these two contrasting ideals is very specific to the Bozzini Quartet and is the subject of this collaboration with Benoît Delbecq—and is the basis of your experience here this evening.