Finland Tour 2020

Collaboration with Eero Savela "trumpet" Simo Laihonen"drum" & Korvat Auki Ensemble .

New Reviews 2020

Ken Waxman  from Toronto wrote a great review for JazzWord.com

about "Magic Intensity" Burton Greene, Tilo Baumheier ChantRecord.com

(...) With the exposition pulled tighter and tighter on “Space Rhythms”, the guitarist slides up his strings to meet the pianist’s percussive strutting, gamely picks up the musical quote and further strengthens it, until in a further detour, Greene slows down the narrative to a dirge, with the finale divided between twangs and frails from Gargaud and hard keyboard smashes. Although “Apart Together” is more percussive and is created with darker construction, by the end it also features an about face into duple higher pitches. Meantime two-handed stings and jumps allow Greene to sneak around the keyboard during “Climb Up and Float” as Gargaud’s slurred fingering evolve to confirm the tautness of his strings as until the narrative is calmed with lyrical pops and squirms. (...)

Review HERE JazzWord.com

Free Jazz Blog By Nick Ostrum

(...) For his part, Gargaud seems to have inherited some of Derek Bailey’s fear of crisp sustain and Eugene Chadbourne’s percussive fidgetiness. Except for isolated moments, Greene, the elder statesman of improvisation, assumes the role of the melodic and rhythmic driving force of this effort. Gargaud’s contributions often weave in and out of Greene’s more determined directionality, sudden fishtails, swerves, and stops included. Bauheier, meanwhile, adds solemnity and pacifies some of the schizophrenics into an uncharacteristically soft (though still jagged) piece in the closing “Capricious Voyage to Serenity.” A fitting end to an album that modernizes the old, roots the new, and shows that free jazz, in the classic sense, is still alive, vibrant, and even fresh.

Review HERE Free Jazz Blog

Guy Sitruk  from Paris wrote for CitizenJazz "Black Hole Universe" with Marc Edwards .
Distribution Atypeek Music & Bandcamp of Marc Edwards.

(...) Dès le début, Guillaume Gargaud dégaine son canon de particules à hautes énergies dans une orgie sonore augmentée des roulements superlatifs de Marc Edwards. Il ne s’agit plus là de scansion mais de martèlement visant l’asphyxie alentour. Dans cette pièce et dans presque toutes celles qui suivent, on succombe à cette ferveur primale en vue d’une forme de purification, celle de l’acceptation de sons autres, de l’inouï.
« Black Hole Universe », en effet, démarre sur une convergence entre claques sur les cymbales et cordes fouettées. Un discours halluciné se déploie sur la guitare, privant les peaux de tout espace d’expression. Il faut l’insistance énergique de Marc Edwards et le secours de ses cymbales pour tenter de surnager dans ce tsunami, dans ces mitrailles de notes. Progressivement ces dernières se font averses, le fer se fait eau. Nous glissons de la Noise à l’électroacoustique. (...)

Review HERE

Guy Sitruk  from Paris wrote for CitizenJazz "Magic Intensity" with Burton Greene & Tilo Baumheier .
Label Chant Record

(...) Certaines phrases commencent sur un instrument et se poursuivent sur l’autre. Un jeu permanent entre mimétisme et anticipation-continuation des discours. Cela saute aux oreilles dès la première pièce, « Space Dialogue », que l’initiative vienne de l’un ou de l’autre. Un bout de comptine à la guitare donne lieu à des développements dans d’autres registres esthétiques au piano. Des quasi-percussions sur les notes aiguës du clavier trouvent leur écho sur les cordes pincées.

Cet entrelacs très dense concerne aussi les matières sonores, les couleurs, les rythmes comme sur le bien nommé « Space Rhythms ». L’incroyable inventivité de Burton Greene trouve le répondant idéal auprès de son jeune compagnon. D’une certaine manière, le pianiste semble se libérer de toute contrainte, avec la certitude que Guillaume Gargaud saura trouver la réponse, voire le nouveau jeu, ce qui ne manque pas de se produire. Car manifestement, ils s’amusent beaucoup. Un semblant de « A Love Supreme » ou de « Take Five » au piano (oui, Burton Greene se permet ce qu’il veut) est transfiguré sur les cordes. Une mécanique insistante de l’un ouvre des espaces vertigineux chez l’autre, sans élève ni maître. Parfois, la guitare devient résonance et prolongement de la main droite du piano. Si ce dernier développe des percussions éparses, suraiguës ou graves, la guitare en épouse la scansion pour aller visiter d’autres rivages. (...)

Review HERE

New Album

Magic Intensity with  Burton Greene  & Tilo Baumheier distribution by Chant Record (NY)

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Renowned pianist and composer Burton Greene has been playing professionally since starting out in his hometown of Chicago in 1962. He was one of the first artists to record for ESP, the first record label devoted to avant garde jazz. With Alan Silva he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble in 1963. He joined Bill Dixon's and Cecil Taylor's Jazz Composers Guild in 1964, and has played with a number of other artists including Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Byard Lancaster, Sam Rivers, Patty Waters, Mark Dresser and Roy Campbell. Guillaume Gargaud is a French composer and guitarist who specializes in improvised music. He has appeared on 25 albums and composes music for contemporary dance and film. The duo is joined by flutist Tilo Baumheier on three tracks.

Burton Greene: Grand Piano
Guillaume Gargaud: Acoustic Guitar
Tilo Baumheier: Flute (tracks 5-7)
Recorded by Tilo Baumheier on Tilo’s Ark, Weesp Holland, April 19 2019
Edited by Tilo Baumheier and Guillaume Gargaud
Cover Art by Lali

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Black Hole Universe with Marc Edwards  distribution by Atypeek Music (FR)

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Marc Edwards - Drums & Percussion
Guillaume Gargaud - Electric Guitar
Recorded at Menegroth: The Thousand Caves Recording Studio, Queens, NY on November 2, 2017
Engineer: Colin Marston
Mixed and Mastered by Colin Marston

Rewiew for All About Jazz by Don Phipps.

Black holes are giant space predators—devouring light itself. Theory holds that, as one approaches a black hole's event horizon, time itself slows. So it is interesting that on their album Black Hole Universe, drummer Marc Edwards and guitarist Guillaume Gargaud have chosen to create five diverse yet similar spontaneous compositions which jettison time signatures and conventional rhythms to focus on a dark madness that evokes both the emptiness of space and the fluidity of existence itself.

In his essays, the "radical for his day" composer Charles Ives asked: "Whence cometh the wonder of the moment? From sources we know not. But we do know that from obscurity and from this higher Orpheus comes measures of sphere melodies, flowing in wild, native tones, ravaging the souls of men, flowing now with thousand-fold accompaniments and rich symphonies through all our hearts, modulating and divinely leading them."

Perhaps Edwards and Gargaud are expressing Ive's "wonder of the moment." But if this is so, then it is a moment in which no quarter will be given. Like being trapped in a falling elevator with no escape, this music induces sheer terrifying exhilaration. Demonic roller coaster? Coiled rattlesnake? Charging rhino? Or simply sonic experiments in space-time jazz?

Like the protagonist in Aronofsky's movie Pi, the listener is confronted with a musical enigma pointing to a future that is both alienating and terrifying. To some, this music might appear deceptively simple —musicians making noise. But given the technical virtuosity of the duo, nothing could be further from the truth. One can hear a mix of Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Fripp in Gargaud's efforts while Edwards sounds like Edwards—a drummer who exhibits a knack for musical nuance while employing preposterously powerful attacks.

For an introduction to the world created by the duo, one might start with "Electrical Acoustic Synapses." The piece begins with an Edwards hot all over drum solo, which flows out of him so naturally, it's as if body convulsions had turned into drum technique. Gargaud enters with long abstract chords and howling rips, supported by Edwards' powerful strokes. At a certain point, Edwards adopts a bumpy rhythm that hops and lands like some chasing space monster while Gargaud's frenzied playing makes the chase seem all too real. Eventually Gargaud's notes turns into one long extended howl—uniquely expressive—while Edwards rampages like a charging stampede of water buffalo. The piece ends on an extended guitar note.

On "Volcanic Eruptions On Lo," there's an engaging rawness between guitar and drums, even at such a high level of technical brilliance. Edwards' cymbal splashes and all over drumming provide a perfect foundation for the guitarist's blinding runs. The music suggests an angry ocean, with waves that dash and fall apart against rocks that tower to the sky. Towards the end, Gargaud produces an almost-violin sound with his guitar.

The relentless intensity continues on the title cut, "Black Hole Universe." Gargaud races like an extended sprint over a marathon's worth of music. The notes turn into a raging river—bucking across Class V rapids at accelerated speeds. Edwards drumming is always supportive of these efforts and occasionally rises to lead the charge. Only on "Supernova Aftermath" is there a break from the action. Yet this piece features subtle eerie echoes, like a surface devoid of life. Edwards uses bells for effect and Gargaud adopts an acoustic tone. The chords are dark and mysterious. There's a gentle feeling— Edwards tapping lightly on the drums with brushes while Gargaud explores growls and bristles at times and then suddenly leaps out. The piece dies off with a soft roar.

Mind bending, mind warping and mind altering, the music of Black Hole Universe has a cyberpunk jazz vibe—like basement music where beings collide like atoms in massive mosh pits. It may be best to approach this music with blinders on, a horse traversing a busy intersection. Else panic might ensue.

Track Listing: Volcanic Eruptions On Lo; Black Hole Universe; Gravitational Waves; Supernova Aftermath; Electrical Acoustic Synapses.

 

Rewiew by Grego Applegate Edwards for Gapplegate guitar

Words are not entirely sufficient to describe the intensity of this session. Both Marc and Guillaume make full use of their seemingly near limitless troves of rapid-fire expressions to create some remarkable sounds. Guillaume has a highly electric Speed Metal exhaustiveness to his performances, especially the opening 20-minute salvo. Marc counters with the sort of superdynamic all-over busy free bombardment that rivals and even at times surpasses the recorded dynamos of relentless high-intensity flights with his eloquent Slipstream Time Travel outfit. This is edge-cutting sharp!

The music is best described as Free Avant Metal I suppose you could say. It is some of the best such I have ever heard and as a duet does not let up at any point, though each segment concentrates on a particular spectrum of feels without loss of built-in high kinetic density. Edwards and Gargaud hit record heights and we can only hang on as we hear it!

If you wonder where Free Jazz and Psychedelic Metal might join, here's an excellent example. Kudos! Devastatingly heavy.

Recording with Burton Greene in Netherlands

miniatures - new composition 2019

Twenty miniature compositions for acoustic guitar from French composer and improviser Guillaume Gargaud, each under one and a half minutes, the shortest just 53 seconds, each composed in 12 measures creating a lovely reflective and introspective set of abstract melodies, poetic and evocative music from a player dedicated to solo guitar work. SquidCo

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Concert at NY & Recording with Marc Edwards

Website Soon a new album. You can see a video extract here

Concert with Stephen Grew, Munich Offene Ohren e.V

Some photos of my last concerts

Photos ©Vincent Connétable

 

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Les mondes clos - creation 2018 by Zwann eï

« Désirer c’est construire un ensemble, désirer c’est construire une -  région - ». (Gilles Deleuze, Abécédaire, Lettre D : Désir) .


Des écrivains comme Faulkner, Benet, García Márquez ont créé des mondes totalement clos (comté de Yoknapatawpha, Région, Macondo) pour y développer un agencement de désir destructif. Tels un studiolo, une pièce sans porte ni fenêtre, une monade leibnizienne, ces mondes n’ont pas d’extériorité, pas de rapport référentiel. Faulkner voit ainsi la vie comme un tout fermé et accompli qui n’a aucune autre explication que celle qui émane de son aspect et de son histoire. Ce qui constitue alors une révolution dans le roman est de créer un monde, de l’étaler froidement sur une table devant nos yeux étonnés pour montrer la preuve définitive de la ruine. Le lecteur entre dans un monde parallèle qui est la formulation d’une excroissance de l’éternité, une substance cosmique où évolue la chair morte de la pénombre : « L’homme est l’être pour qui la vie implique le vide en avant et arrière de lui » ( Fréderic Worms, Arnaud François ( dir.), L‘évolution créatrice de Bergson, Vrin). Le huis clos de Carson Mc Cullers ( 1941), Reflections in a golden eye évoque ces êtres à qui il n’arrive presque rien, de petits drames intimes qui, ramassés tout au long d’une vie, finissent par lui donner une dimension tragique : ni libres, ni aliénés, les personnages piétinent dans un univers fermé et entropique. À propos de l’œuvre de Beckett, Alain Badiou écrit qu’elle se situe « aux confins de l’enfoncement ténébreux et corporel des existences abandonnées, des délaissements sans espoir et d’une démonstration absurde sous la forme d’un baroque moderne » (Alain Badiou, Beckett, L’increvable désir, Pluriel, 2011, p. 9).


La performance Les mondes clos construit une région, un agencement désirant où l’homme sans possibles ne peut être appréhendé que selon une fatalité absurde et fermée. Le duo emprunte les éléments d’un discours chorégraphique et théâtrale inspiré d’un quotidien qu’il élève à l’abstraction. Il s’agit d’opérer un tracé selon un modèle orbital qui revient sur soi, se reprend, se répète en un infini ressassement... Dans ce parcours immobile, la musique opère comme une ponctuation cinématographique, à la fois calme, dissonante et saturée ; le trajet vide et compulsif du personnage ne vise pas à l’esthétisme mais à créer une syntaxe de la variation continue, en expérimentant des limites mentales qui concernent aussi la limite des langages et des représentations.

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ENDIOSADA New Creation of Zwann eï

Faith «struggles insanely, if you will, for the possibility» as «without possibility it is as though a person cannot draw breath» (Sören Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death) Such is the  existential struggle: believing despite inevitable loss and despite the impossibility of any help. Believing is what prevents from perishing. Drawing from the themes of faith and belief, the performance Endiosada (literally entrusted by God ) explores freely the points of contact between life devoted to the permanent quest for help and transcendence.

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New composition- Fendre Les Flots

Film annonce Fendre les Flots from Christophe Guérin on Vimeo.

A 42 days journey aboard a container ship results in a filmic diary in which is written, between the departure and the return to Le Havre, the flow of days. In the continuity of the route, the illimited horizon of the Atlantic ocean, stops in Central America and in major ports of the northern range, commercial operations, life on board ... are visual and sound material of the film which materiality is crossed by the music of Guillaume Gargaud who comes as moments of retirement.
Christophe Guérin distribution Light Cone from Paris

It's an composition for the movie of Christophe Guérin. I took my electric guitar to make this seven tracks. The movie was screened at Ciné Salé Festival & Les inattendus Festival

SOLO-New Album

This album has recording with an acoustic guitar "000" It's the result of my last two years of work. It's an improvisation. One shot recording in october 2017 at Le Havre. If you want a CD write me at ggargaud@gmail.com

Collaborations with Speet Silex

ZKRAAP is the latest manifestation of improvisational rock and free jazz drumming. The avant-garde free jazz has a small following, however it has made an impression in the music world. Rock musicians are very knowledgeable about other musical genres. Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, for example, has worked with several free jazz artists. Electric guitarist, Guillaume Gargaud takes this concept even further via his long melodic excursions, while drummer, Speet Silex, is exploring via free jazz drumming. ZKRAAP is a highly combustible duo that grabs the audience and doesn’t let go. They maintain the high energy free jazz approach at length, gradually, returning to the earth to more familiar surroundings. For those that like adventurous music, look no further than this exciting duo.

                                                                  Marc Edwards From NY Free Jazz/Noise Rock Drummer

Album cover made by Speet $ilex

Collaborations with Speet Silex