Thomas Fiancette


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Individually or collectively, the performers, composers, or genres that might be mentioned in reference to this recording by Thomas Fiancette don't smack of boredom: Charles Ives, exotica, Morton Feldman, home recordings, Erik Satie, hokum, Mauricio Kagel, the list goes on and on, the names appearing like momentary images along an interesting road. Inevitably the music of Fiancette, presented here in a series of 16 short tracks collectively titled Bricolages, is not really an imitation of any one person or style. Such has inevitably been the nature of the multi-tracking beast when working effectively. The most personal aspect of the performer, who is also the composer, seems to pile up on each of the instruments that is being played just as the tracks themselves are collected. A glance at the list of instruments that this French performer uses to create these tracks would be more than enough of an arsenal even in the hands of someone who "really" couldn't play them. Delightfully, Fiancette gets around really well on the instruments that can make a big difference. Parts on strings, horns, keyboards, and flute, and even what sounds like multi-tracked flutes, are all played with a skill that would inspire judges in a music contest to make nice little ticks with their pencils. If anything is a problem it is that it is all over too soon, the final track going for drastic change and introducing both pop parody and vocals. Brevity is the nature of the releases on the Relax-ay-vous label, however, and Fiancette's creations are each so different and furthermore fascinating in how they relate to each other that an immediate repeat listen comes close to what could be the full glory of an extended-length creation by this composer.

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