La Tène

BIO

La Tène‘s previous album Vouerca/Fahy’, released at the end of April 2016 on the promising three:four label, was rapidly out of print after a long series of concerts throughout France and neighboring countries. Thanks to this immediate success, they were invited to play the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival after appearances at the Sonic Protest Festival in Paris, Ring Ring in Serbia and at the Kilbi Festival in Düdingen.

Their second album, Tardive/Issime’, was recorded in January 2017. It is to be released on September 22nd, 2017, as the first collaborative release between Les Disques Bongo Joe and three:four.

If this second opus relies on the same method of composition, it employs a decidedly richer timbral palette, combining long heavy descending harmonium sweeps, relentless percussion, and the ever more precise patterns and drones of the hurdygurdy.

‘Tardive/Issime’, something of a mirror to its predecessor, nevertheless reveals a few phantoms in the course of listening, prefiguring a music still to come.

La Tène is a tricephale beast discharging a singular energy in which one may detect echoes of traditional music, saturated repetition, ethereal harmonics or imaginary choreographies. All of these coexist in La Tène’s music and are freed from their origins in a unique framework. The Franco-Swiss trio perform music wherein every influence, however profound, is distilled by patterns becoming themes. The goal is not to break models, but to make their existence solid, concrete, as fragments cleverly carved out of rock so as to be reassembled. There are no starting points, no ending points, no standard form structures – these all disappear as the senses encounter the first shock waves. Obstacles are erected as familiarly unknown constructions of bits and pieces remembered as replicated gestures from multiple angles. La Tène’s goal is not to rearrange or reinvent living music, but rather to groove every furrow again and again until its total exhaustion.

Alexis Degrenier (hurdy-gurdy):

Alexis Degrenier is a France-based artist, composer, percussionist and hurdy gurdy player. After studying classical percussion, he turned towards contemporary, experimental and traditional music. He is a member of Tanz Mein Herz, OutreNoir, La Tène, Insub Meta Orchestra, and Ensemble Cerbere; has performed Terry Riley’s In C with members of La Novià, and will be collaborating with choregrapher Olivia Grandville on new work in 2018.

D’incise (indian harmonium, electronics):

Laurent Peter, a.k.a. D’incise (Geneva, 1983) grew up immersed in dub and experimental electronic music. A sonic explorer, he has no particular instrument, instead utilizing software, recording, objects, percussion, harmonium, etc., and building a specific set-up for each new occasion in both improvisational and compositional contexts.  He is interested in radicalism, reductionism, repetition and conceptual approaches, appreciates slowness and obsessive exploration of simple processes and minute details. With Cyril Bondi, he is behind the INSUB. label, orchestra, the Diatribes duo, and many other things, including a new prototechno project called Tresque. He is also a graphic designer.

Cyril Bondi (percussion):

Cyril Bondi (b.1980) has been a drummer and percussionist since 1994. A key figure on the Swiss experimental music scene, he is a founding member of the band Plaistow and of the new duo Cyril Cyril. In the field of experimental music, he has worked with projects such as diatribes, La Tène and Komatsu. Bondi leads the Insub Meta Orchestra, a large experimental ensemble of 60 musicians, and is one of the coordinators of the label/collective INSUB.

LINE-UP
Alexis Degrenier : hurdy-gurdy
Cyril Bondi : drums, percussions
Laurent Peter / D’incise : Indian harmonium, electronics

GUESTS
Guilhem Lacroux : guitar
Jérémie Sauvage : bass
Louis Jacques : headband, bagpipes
Jacques Puech :headband


LINKS


PRESS


CONTACT

Booking : jullian.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com
Promo : promo.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Abandonnée​/​Maleja

    Three:four Records & Les Disques Bongo Joe2018
    LP / CD / Digital
  • La Tardive/Issime

    Three:four Records & Les Disques Bongo Joe2017
    LP / CD / Digital
  • Vouerca/Fahy

    three:four records2016
    LP

Past shows

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  • DateCountryCityVenuewith 
  • 06/12/2018FranceParisCENTRE CULTUREL SUISSEinfos event
  • 22/07/2018PortugalSines (PT)FMM / Porto Covo - Largo Marquês de Pombal (ANNULÉ)Meridian Brothersinfos event
  • 20/07/2018FranceCarhaixLes Vieilles Charrues (ANNULÉ)infos event
  • 01/06/2018SuisseDudingenFestival KilbiGuest !infos event
  • 19/05/2018FranceJoué-les-ToursLe Temps Machine - ANNULÉSourdureinfos event
  • 09/03/2018FranceGrenobleLa Bobine - AnnuléPhoenician Driveinfos event
  • 24/02/2018FranceAgenLE FLORIDASourdure, François Dumeauxinfos event
  • 28/11/2017SuisseDüdingenBad BonnRazeninfos event
  • 27/11/2017SuisseLausanneLe BourgRazeninfos event
  • 24/10/2017SuisseGenèveCave 12guestinfos
  • 15/10/2017BelgiqueBruxellesLa Compilothèque event
  • 14/10/2017Pays-BasLa HayeMondriaan Jazz Festival event
  • 29/09/2017FranceBordeauxUppercut festivalinfos event
  • 22/09/2017FrancePlateau de MillevachesFête de la montagne
  • 14/07/2017SuisseMontreuxJazz Festival Montreux, Château de Chilloninfos event
  • 29/06/2017FrancePoitiersFestival Bruisme #7, Petit Cabaretinfos event
  • 26/05/2017FranceChabeuil (26)Festival Rencontre entre les mondes, Centre Culturelinfos event
  • 21/04/2017FranceMetzLa BAM / Les Trinitaires / EPCC Metz en ScènesAquasergeinfos event
  • 31/03/2017FranceNantesFestival Variations, le lieu uniqueinfos
  • 24/03/2017FranceMontreuilFestival Sonic Protest, La MarbrerieOrgue Agnès, Golden Orioleinfos event
  • 23/03/2017FranceCherbourgLe Point du Jour
  • 18/03/2017FranceNiortFestival Nouvelle(s) Scène(s)infos
  • 29/01/2017SuisseBienne
  • 27/01/2017SuisseLausanneThéâtre 2.21infos
  • 26/01/2017SuisseBaselPlattfoninfos event
  • 25/01/2017SuisseDüdingenBad Bonn event
  • 10/11/2016FranceBourgesFestival Bandits Mages, Théâtre Jacques Coeurinfos event
  • 06/11/2016FranceParisLe Point Éphémère - Festival WorldStock #4, Fête SouterraineArlt et le duo Puech/Gourdoninfos event
  • 20/10/2016BelgiqueBruxellesAteliers Clausinfos
  • 19/10/2016FranceReimsHall de la Cartonnerieinfos event
  • 18/10/2016FranceLilleLa Malterieinfos
  • 17/10/2016FranceToursLe Grilloninfos event
  • 17/10/2016FranceTours(tbc)
  • 16/10/2016FranceBrestLe P'tit Minouinfos event
  • 03/09/2016FranceRivières (81)Festival Baignade Interdite, Piscine d'Aiguelèzeinfos event
  • 28/08/2016FranceLe MansLes siestes Teriaki (Parc)
  • 26/08/2016SuisseGenèveLes Bains des Pâquisinfos

BIO

La Tène‘s previous album Vouerca/Fahy’, released at the end of April 2016 on the promising three:four label, was rapidly out of print after a long series of concerts throughout France and neighboring countries. Thanks to this immediate success, they were invited to play the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival after appearances at the Sonic Protest Festival in Paris, Ring Ring in Serbia and at the Kilbi Festival in Düdingen.

Their second album, Tardive/Issime’, was recorded in January 2017. It is to be released on September 22nd, 2017, as the first collaborative release between Les Disques Bongo Joe and three:four.

If this second opus relies on the same method of composition, it employs a decidedly richer timbral palette, combining long heavy descending harmonium sweeps, relentless percussion, and the ever more precise patterns and drones of the hurdygurdy.

‘Tardive/Issime’, something of a mirror to its predecessor, nevertheless reveals a few phantoms in the course of listening, prefiguring a music still to come.

La Tène is a tricephale beast discharging a singular energy in which one may detect echoes of traditional music, saturated repetition, ethereal harmonics or imaginary choreographies. All of these coexist in La Tène’s music and are freed from their origins in a unique framework. The Franco-Swiss trio perform music wherein every influence, however profound, is distilled by patterns becoming themes. The goal is not to break models, but to make their existence solid, concrete, as fragments cleverly carved out of rock so as to be reassembled. There are no starting points, no ending points, no standard form structures – these all disappear as the senses encounter the first shock waves. Obstacles are erected as familiarly unknown constructions of bits and pieces remembered as replicated gestures from multiple angles. La Tène’s goal is not to rearrange or reinvent living music, but rather to groove every furrow again and again until its total exhaustion.

Alexis Degrenier (hurdy-gurdy):

Alexis Degrenier is a France-based artist, composer, percussionist and hurdy gurdy player. After studying classical percussion, he turned towards contemporary, experimental and traditional music. He is a member of Tanz Mein Herz, OutreNoir, La Tène, Insub Meta Orchestra, and Ensemble Cerbere; has performed Terry Riley’s In C with members of La Novià, and will be collaborating with choregrapher Olivia Grandville on new work in 2018.

D’incise (indian harmonium, electronics):

Laurent Peter, a.k.a. D’incise (Geneva, 1983) grew up immersed in dub and experimental electronic music. A sonic explorer, he has no particular instrument, instead utilizing software, recording, objects, percussion, harmonium, etc., and building a specific set-up for each new occasion in both improvisational and compositional contexts.  He is interested in radicalism, reductionism, repetition and conceptual approaches, appreciates slowness and obsessive exploration of simple processes and minute details. With Cyril Bondi, he is behind the INSUB. label, orchestra, the Diatribes duo, and many other things, including a new prototechno project called Tresque. He is also a graphic designer.

Cyril Bondi (percussion):

Cyril Bondi (b.1980) has been a drummer and percussionist since 1994. A key figure on the Swiss experimental music scene, he is a founding member of the band Plaistow and of the new duo Cyril Cyril. In the field of experimental music, he has worked with projects such as diatribes, La Tène and Komatsu. Bondi leads the Insub Meta Orchestra, a large experimental ensemble of 60 musicians, and is one of the coordinators of the label/collective INSUB.

LINE-UP
Alexis Degrenier : hurdy-gurdy
Cyril Bondi : drums, percussions
Laurent Peter / D’incise : Indian harmonium, electronics

GUESTS
Guilhem Lacroux : guitar
Jérémie Sauvage : bass
Louis Jacques : headband, bagpipes
Jacques Puech :headband

LINKS

PRESS

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Abandonnée​/​Maleja

    Three:four Records & Les Disques Bongo Joe2018
    LP / CD / Digital
  • La Tardive/Issime

    Three:four Records & Les Disques Bongo Joe2017
    LP / CD / Digital
  • Vouerca/Fahy

    three:four records2016
    LP

CONTACT

Booking : jullian.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com
Promo : promo.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com