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Guillaume Perret

Sunday, June 24 @ 8pm
West End Cultural Centre

PRESENTED BY ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DU MANITOBA & LES DROITS DES ARTISTES-INTERPRÈTES

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Guillaume Perret is a jazz saxophonist and composer from Annecy, France. Composed like a film score, FREE is a winding course ranging through various musical landscapes and emotional states.  Inviting us in for a glimpse of his deepest artistic convictions, Perret states: “I had to abandon some of the slick licks and sure-fire chops. Hard as that was, it freed my playing up and offered something better - artistic honesty…”

FREE. It’s not just a title, it’s a mission statement. Highly praised for playing with, not above, his band, his coming album would surely be another seamless team effort, right? Guess again. This is a solo record. He faces the music alone, checking his musical pulse. There’s no net - none of his ace accomplices to deftly lead or coyly prompt. This is a solo dive into a world of sound from the ocean’s depths.

Guillaume Perret: The consummate DIY man, custom-making what he needs to make the sounds. This saxophonist is digging away, creating quite a structure, at once synthetic and organic, and the album is a panoramic view of one of contemporary jazz’s most unusual minds…

This saxophonist has always enjoyed tampering with instruments, and for this solo venture, he took that knack to a whole ‘nother level. With a single instrument juiced up with sound modifiers, he manages to be the whole band. Mirroring his ability to get a world of sound from a single instrument, his compositions roam just as erratically: folk tunes, frenetic Balkan dance numbers, electronic sonic, laments, dense sound walls, a little Saint-Vitus hot-foot…

Thing about Guillaume Perret is he’s exploring sound, distorting it to the point where you figure it’s careful stuff, executed with pre-planned exactitude.

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