8pm Thurs 6 June
James St, Northbridge
Xavier Charles (FR) – clarinet, harmonica
Christian Wallumrød (N) – prepared piano, harmonium
Ingar Zach (N) – bass drum, percussion
This trio stems from work that Ingar Zach began toward the end of the twentieth century. Zach established the label SOFA, and started several ensembles in which he worked with musicians from the European improvised music scene. He passed through several stages, but his music really took shape while he was studying for his Master’s degree in Chamber Music at the Norwegian Academy of Music between 2001 and 2003. Those studies focused exclusively on their own compositions and improvisations. Around the time he gave his graduate concerts, Christian Wallumrød’s Sofienberg Variations (ECM 1809) was released. Zach felt that Wallumrød’s music was related to his own. Seeing a possibilty for musical cooperation, they invited Wallumrød to participate in rehearsals and concerts. This work led Zach to record with Wallumrød.
That time, they met for another project with No Spaghetti Edition recording the CD Sketches of a Fusion (SOFA520) with Tonny Kluften and the Canadian improviser, Martin T’treault. Although the focus on Sketches of a Fusion is clearly different from Dans les Arbres, working with Sketches of a Fusion and playing concerts with this material and this lineup inspired them to continue their work as a quartet.
In July 2006 they met again. This time to work on a band sound and to compose music for their first release called Dans les Arbres which also is the introduction of the quartet by the same name: Dans les arbres. Since then the band has been touring in Europe, North America and Japan as a quartet. Dans les arbres have also performed with guest musicians such as Yumiko Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O´Rourke and the young Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga.
In 2010 Dans les Arbres started recording material for the 2012 release Canopée also on ECM.