|A quartet born of hair-covered brawn and primeval sinew; cave music prehistoric, ageless and archaic. Casting our thinking about music back 50,000 years, perhaps to its very birth, to those first true pioneering musical experimenters, our ancestors.
in Vital (The Netherlands)
In the summer of 2001 on holiday in France, on one of our trips, we came across a big lonely menhir in the fields. We were impressed by the simple beauty of this object, standing there in a cornfield. It fascinated us and we spend some time there. What was it exactly that impressed us? There were no clues that explained the meaning of this object. Only the christian cross on the top of it and put there many centuries later was a symbol that we could recognize. Côté has also an interest in the stone age as he deals with it on his new cd. He often surprises with very unusual and beautiful music. With Chants rupestres we have a kind of concept-album in our hands. The intention of this project is the evocate the stone age. Music that sounded in the cavern 10.000s of years ago. Not in the sense of an historical and hypothetical reconstruction of course. That would be impossible. It is more fair to say that testimonies of the stone age inspired Côté for composing some new music. It is performed by a quartet named Bruire: Jean Derome (baritone sax, voice), Normand Guilbeault (bass), Martin Tétreault (pick-ups) and Michel F.Côté (drums, voice). The music is slow and robust. And when they sing and yell you can picture and imagine the Flintstone family doing their thing...