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Return of the New Thing

Return of the New Thing

Return of the New Thing


The musicians - all based in Paris - who make up the quartet of "Return of the New Thing" (Dan Warburton's idea) have hardly followed straight-line trajectories, and are not strict jazzmen; far from it. What brings them together is a mutual (and uncommon) attraction for contemporary composition and improvisation. If François Fuchs is a bassist involved in many musical activities (particularly with his group Quinte & Sens), saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet (a Fine Arts graduate into Xenakis Read more on Last.fm
The musicians - all based in Paris - who make up the quartet of "Return of the New Thing" (Dan Warburton's idea) have hardly followed straight-line trajectories, and are not strict jazzmen; far from it. What brings them together is a mutual (and uncommon) attraction for contemporary composition and improvisation. If François Fuchs is a bassist involved in many musical activities (particularly with his group Quinte & Sens), saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet (a Fine Arts graduate into Xenakis, Stockhausen, and non-European musics) is active in electro-acoustic music and experimental film and theatre, playing in the improvisation groups Schams and Calx (both with Edward Perraud). Percussionist Perraud, after studies at IRCAM and at the Conservatoire de Paris with Michaël Levinas, played in the group Shub Niggurath, and formed the Orchestre des Sons Traqués (a collective of some 10 to 25 musicians working in conducted improvisation).

He also plays with pianists Noah Rosen and Frédéric Blondy. The initiator of the project, British-born pianist/violinist Dan Warburton is above all a composer, not uninfluenced by Zorn, Goebbels and Misha Mengelberg. After a PhD at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, as a Harkness Fellow (working with Steve Reich in New York), he moved to Paris in 1988, where his activities have included broadcasting and journalism (for The Wire (GB), Pulse! (US) and the Paris New Music Review [http://www.paristransatlantic.com/], of which he is Paris Editor). In 1992 he was awarded the Lili Boulanger Prize for composition, and has written for the Newt Hinton Ensemble and the Composers Ensemble.

Only after a stint with rock group Tanger in 1997 did he re-develop a taste for performing, since when he has worked regularly with François Fuchs. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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