Diatonic accordion player Didier Laloy together with cello player Kathy Adam (and 2 guests) made this first duo presentation with their own turn/vision on music composition and improvisation. For over 15 years they had been part of the group ‘Panta Rhei’, who already showed a kind of chamber music version of European folk music. After some other projects, especially by Didier Laloy, they finally decided to do something together and bring back the ideas once developed in Patha Rhei, to lift it up to a next and more contemporary and perhaps even more direct level of inspiration.
The feeling is that of an enhancement to the folklore forms of improvisation, like a try to lift it further towards a more contemporary classical music level. It is the space of improvisation between the duo, adding harmonies, rhythmic stimulations or varieties in improvisation is perhaps the most sophisticated part of that, showing the best of their talents. The improvisations on the other hand not entirely freed themselves from where they came from. All sorts of memories, fall-backs refer back to folk and folk dance tunes and ways of improvisation with the inevitable tendency to repeat a theme more than once, as soon as it is encountered, to be adapted into rhythm. This way this form keeps their compositions still a bridge away from the real classical thinking process. Luckily they do not tend to repeat anything and more like focus on patchwork bridges and melting points via improvisational talent, so that the total CD still listens like a huge suite combining themes, horizons and styles. “Scampavita” starts closest to classical music (between Baroque and Renaissance) before again adapting once more a folk melody further on, added in a way like experienced folk artists, more than like a solo classical composer. In a way the CD is a good representation of what some creative folk musicians in Belgium are involved with. They might have remained a bit too long in local folk music to adapt fully their classical music interests but the bridging talent that still emerges from this mix of interests, is worth hearing, and gives all this a welcome musically sounding surplus
Live the duo plays together with the small brass combo, the Quartz Ensemble (Gérard Noack : flute; Thierry Cammaert : oboe; - Mathieu Roskam : clarinet; - Daniel Demoustiez : bassoon
Source : psychedelicfolk.com