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Trio Rouge - Trio Rouge

By Vincent Courtois

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Composed by Vincent Courtois, Lucilla Galeazzi, Michel Godard, and Trio Rouge. Recording mediums. CD. Duration 50' 41''. MDS (Music Distribution Services) #INT 33532. Published by MDS (Music Distribution Services) (M7.INT-33532).

Item Number: M7.INT-33532

Tuba, violoncello and vocals. This sounds like experiment, like highly individual capers in the wake of the avant-garde. To Trio Rouge, however, such prejudice does not apply. For Michel Godard, Vincent Courtois and Lucilla Galeazzi devote themselves to the tradition of the Italian lied. The concept of 'canzone' is in this case too narrowly defined for the spectrum of musical ideas and heirlooms ranges from tender love songs via spontaneously improvised passages to angry Resistance verses from the First Wolrd War. The leader of the ensemble is the singer Lucilla Galeazzi. Born in Terni, she took to Italian and especially Umbrian folk music during her student days and has included it in quite different projects since. Since her first attempts as an artist in the 'Quatuor vocal' of Giovanna Marini (1977) she has consistently earned her place in the Mediterranean music scene, proving her stylistic versatility, now with Carlo Rizzo, then with Juan Jose Mosalini or Gianluigi Trovesi. In 1990 she got in touch with the group of the ARFI in Lyons, and it was through this connection that she got to know the other members of the future Trio Rouge.These musicians are all masters of their trade. The tuba player Michel Godard (*1960, Hericourt) was noticed by the musical public in the mid-1990s when he worked in the groups of Rabih Abou-Khalil and Louis Sclavis, though in France he had already been celebrated in the ensembles of Claude Barthelemy and Jean-Marc Padovani a decade earlier. With his striking individual style and seemingly unlimited virtuosity, Godard has extended the technical possibilities of the tuba and also revived the serpent, a Renaissance instrument. Vincent Courtois (*1968, Paris), on the other hand, is one of the whizz-kids of the European jazz scene. In 1974 he began to study violoncello at the conservatoire of Aubervilliers and soon was showered with prizes and awards. In 1989 he toured with Christian Escoude, played in a duo with Martial Solal soon after, and performed at the side of Dave Holland and Michel Petrucciani. His international breakthrough also came with projects of Rabih Abou-Khalil and Louis Sclavis. Since the late 1990s Vincent has been among the international elite of his cello generation; being an admirer of Pablo Casals, he is well-versed both in contemporary classical music and jazz music. Together, Courtois, Godard and Galeazzi have founded a trio that is unequalled - as to its content, music and sensitivity with which the musicians translate their ideas into creative sound structures with Mediterranean atmosphere.

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