Tuyo's first album was released 12 years after the group's inception. Produced by Montréal saxophonist Charles Papasoff, Tuyo contains 11 pieces that were part of the band's show "Mémoire Ancienne" (Ancient Memory). For this particular show, the ensemble of percussionists working on invented instruments started to include traditional instruments in its lineup, namely violin and flute. The music is therefore more melodic than what Tuyo played live in its first ten years of existence. Percussive, microtonal, and mostly approached from a contemporary classical point of view, Tuyo's music is also quite lively at times, especially on Papasoff and Jean Derome's compositions (the opener "Force 5" and the closer "Le Retour des Oiseaux" being fast-paced energy-driven numbers). More standard contemporary compositions such as Melissa Hui's "Interlude" and André Ristic's "Cantate Pour un Trou Noir" (Cantata for a Black Hole) show the serious side of the ensemble and explore more thoroughly the strange sonorities of Tuyo's arsenal. Worthy of note are Bergeron's "Puzzle 1," a fast piece with complex time signatures, Derome's "Le Retour des Oiseaux" (The Return of the Birds, originally recorded by Les Granules), and a very funny rendition of Tom Waits' "Earth Died Screaming" played on duck calls and "condomphones" (a plastic trumpet covered with a condom). The 24-page booklet includes photos and notes on the pieces and the instruments in English and French.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture