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ARTIST
TITLE
Freewheel
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
SR 291CD SR 291CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/9/2009

This is the debut full-length release by Swiss electronic duo, Stade for the Sub Rosa label. Stade is Pierre Audetat and Christophe Calpini, and in 2004-2005, several strings of meetings (including rehearsals, concerts, and studio sessions) were set up with French trumpet player Erik Truffaz, New York-based free-guitarist Elliott Sharp, and American-Swiss harmonica player Grégoire Maret. Stade later made slight edits to these recordings, without adding any overdubs. the result is Freewheel, a brilliant blend of Christophe Calpini's live drumming and Pierre Audétat's live samples and concrete sounds, a set-up that allows Stade to improvise like a conventional rhythm section with electronic devices. This brand-new electroacoustic composite is resolutely jazz, yet flirts with the syncopated vocabulary of hip-hop and the beats of electronica, all combined with the acoustic input of the guest musicians. Heavy organ stomps blend with screeching guitars in freakout-mode and harmonica passages teeter next to thunderously black beats and tinpan percussion in a totally unique sound-blend. The heir of Miles Davis' electric experiments, Stade creates the resolutely electronic side of improvised jazz music.