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Invitation
 
Ratchet Orchestra
Hemlock
 
Dixie's Death Pool
The Man With Flowering Hands
 
Aeroplane Trio
Naranja Ha
 
Subtle Lip Can
Subtle Lip Can
 
Gord Grdina Trio w/ Mats Gustafsson
Barrel Fire
 
Fond of Tigers
Continent & Western
 
NoMoreShapes
Creesus Crisis
 
Inhabitants
A Vacant Lot
 
Tommy Babin's Benzene
Your Body Is Your Prison
 
bradley
MountainTigerWolf
 
The Tony Wilson Sextet
The People Look Like Flowers At Last
 
Viviane Houle
Treize
 
Copilots
Escape Through The Trees
 
DarkBlueWorld
The Perilous Beauty of Madness
 
Jim McAuley
The Ultimate Frog
 
The Peggy Lee Band
New Code
 
Butcher/Müller/van der Schyff
Way Out Northwest
 
Fond Of Tigers
Release the Saviours
 
Inhabitants
The Furniture Moves Underneath
 
Tony Wilson 6tet
Pearls Before Swine
 
Wilson/Lee/Bentley
Escondido Dreams
 
ZMF Trio
Circle The Path
 
Francois Houle
Aerials
 
Jesse Zubot
Dementia
 
Fond Of Tigers
A Thing To Live With
 
DarkBlueWorld
Dark Blue World
 
Carsick
Carsick
 
Tony Wilson
Horse's Dream
 
Crouched Head
Crouched Head
 
The Winks/Tights
Split CD
 
Inhabitants
Inhabitants
 
LaConnor
LaConnor
 
Zubotta
Zubotta
 
RATCHET ORCHESTRA - HEMLOCK


(high res cd cover here!)
Ratchet Orchestra
Hemlock

1. Winnow
2. Dusty
3. Yield (listen!)
4. Wish - part 1 (listen!)
5. Wish - part 2
6. Kick (listen!)
7. Safety
8. Hemlock - part 1
9. Hemlock - part 2

*nominated for a Juno Award '13




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Ratchet Orchestra


The eclectic astounding and sometimes mystifying Ratchet Orchestra continue to attract attention with the release of their third recording Hemlock. Recorded by Godspeed you! Black Emperor bassist Thierry Amar and released on the Vancouver label Drip Audio, The Ratchet Orchestra is a who's who of Montreal's edgiest musicians. Director Nicolas Caloia's compositions provide a structure to showcase fierce talents like Tom Walsh, Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Sam Shalabi, and Christopher Cauley. The Ratchet Orchestra has existed since the early 1990s when Caloia started experimenting with improvised chamber jazz. In 1998 the size of the band began to swell for a legendary birthday tribute to the inspirational SunRa and it has continued expanding to it's current membership of 30 strong. This band makes a powerful sound but is not designed to be a demonstration of force, rather, it embraces human frailty. The Ratchet Orchestra does not resemble a sports team or an army, it's members do not have to march in perfect formation. They are pirates, not the navy. The group defies reason.

Since 1990 Nicolas Caloia has worked at creating a contemporary music generated by using accurately composed textures to channel collective improvisation. The goal is a music that erases the lines between improvised and composed, pop and avant-garde, good and bad. He hopes this music will satisfy the body, the mind and, above all, the heart. He has worked as a performer, composer, and organizer in Montreal and has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts with the most important members of Montreal's creative music community as well as with internationally renowned musicians like Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. His concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser finds a voice in: The Ratchet Orchestra – a 30 piece bigband; Tilting – the Nicolas Caloia Quartet, Ring – a sextet, Spell – a 10 piece marching band, Trephining a quintet, Mercury - a duet Lori Freedman as well in solo performances.

Personnel:

Jean Derome (Bass Flute, Piccolo et Flute), Craig Dionne (Flute), Lori Freedman (Clarinet), Gordon Krieger (Bass Clarinet), Cristopher Cauley (Soprano Sax), Louisa Sage (Alto Sax), Damian Nisenson (Tenor Sax), Jason Sharp (Bass Sax), Elwood Epps (Trumpet), Philippe Battikha (Trumpet), Tom Walsh (Trombone), Scott Thomson (Trombone), Jacques Gravel (Trombone), Thea Pratt (E flat Horn), Eric Lewis (Euphonium), Noah Countability (Sousaphone), Gabriel Rivest (Tuba), Joshua Zubot (Violin), Guido Del Fabbro (Violin), Brigitte Dajczer (Violin), Jean René (Viola), Gen Heistek (Viola), Norsola Johnson (Cello), Nicolas Caloia (Bass), Chris Burns (Guitar), Sam Shalabi (Guitar), Guillame Dostaler (Piano), Ken Doolittle (Percussion), Michel Bonneau (Conga), Isaiah Ceccarelli (Drums), John Heward (Drums)


Press:

"Jazz has never had much of a sniff at Polaris, but this record’s epic scope transcends genre to appeal to anyone with a love for big, bold sounds. Hemlock a record this country needs to hear and celebrate." - Polaris Music Prize

"With Hemlock, Rachet Orchestra have finally found their sound, and it's splendid." - Exclaim!

"Classical lushness and avant garde edginess coalesce into a sharp-witted yet delicate set, one of the year’s best releases." - Cult Montreal

"It all ends up sounding like big band music performed in an industrial blender. The cool thing of it is, once the novelty of the sound fades, the ingenuity of the music shines through." - emusic

"...the feeling and idealism are infectious." - Down Beat Magazine

"The music on this cd is majestic, a constant flow of colourful images in high resolution, it charms with melodious substance but captivates with harmonic depth and grandeur." - (Free) Jazz Alchemist

"Listening to the Ratchet Orchestra's new album is like stumbling into an alchemist's garden: the magical storybook kind, with ancient stone walls and a network of labyrinthine paths that creep through brambly shrubs and scrambling vines. It's far more extensive than what you'd imagined from the outside — and the further you wander, the more unfathomable it seems. You begin to wonder if a garden could actually have no limits." - CBC Music (online)

"...Caloia melds lustrous textures, some of which issue from a sizeable strings section deployed for maximum sweep that recalls Alice Coltrane, to scrappy guitars that seem intent on chipping away at the music's broad face." - The Wire

"...both comfortably experienced and stride-catchingly fresh." - Forest Gospel

"...thoughtfully constructed and there are moments of inspiration and spontaneity throughout." - Free Jazz

"Finally, a Ratchet Orchestra release that gives the full measure of this gigantic band." - Monsieur Délire

"...should have Ellington smiling down from above." - Signal To Noise

"Hemlock is a strong recording with good tunes; what helps is that the audio is top-notch—all the instruments are clear and there's no sonic mud to cloud the waters." - All About Jazz

Album Pick: Polaris Music Prize
Album Review: Forest Gospel
Album Review: Exclaim! (Review #2)
Album Review: Pop Matters

Album Review: Something Else!
Album Review: All About Jazz

Album Review: (Free) Jazz Alchemist
Album Review: Exclaim!
Album Review: Cult Montreal
Album Review: Discorder

Album Review: Free Jazz
Interview: CBC Music (online)
Album Review: Monsieur Délire
Album Review: emusic


VIDEOS:

In The Studio !!!!!!
Kick

Links:
ratchetorchestra.com




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