Born: December 12, 1977
Éric Normand is a composer, improviser, bassist, instrument designer, songwriter and singer and record and concert producer, all in one. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings. In his book, composition cannot exist without exchange, since composition consists in setting up a territory that will facilitate improvisation.
- INSTRUMENTAL FREE IMPROVISATION (electric bass): solo and encounters. Works with Philippe Lauzier, Pierre-Yves Martel, Jim Denley, Lori Freedman, Martin Tétreault, Arthur Bull, etc
- BANDLEADER: Eric Normand 5, Musique de Batailles, Le Veau...
It’s delicate and pulsating music; there isn’t a single wrong move on this live recording from 2010. — Signal to Noise (USA
Normand does a lot more than merely strum his instrument in time, which one has often come to expect from a bass player. If I can be so bold as to make the comparison, Normand does for improvised music what Joy Division bassist Peter Hook did for post-punk—redefining the role of the bass so that it becomes a lead instrument allowing for harmonic interplay beyond simply laying foundations. Normand attached all sorts of devices to his instrument. He banged and stroked it in equal measure to set a scene that involved controlled feedback, theatre in the form of physical contortions in response to the sound, and a highly disciplined approach to noise-making. Dan Bigna, in Realtime arts magazine, Australia
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