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Eric Normand

Born: December 12, 1977    Primary Instrument: Bass, electric

Eric Normand

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...
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Rimouski-based artist Éric Normand releasing an album on Monotype, one of the best-rated experimental music labels of today? Cool! And it’s a very strong record to boot, one that highlights his work as a noisician. (...) Despite that, the album features a strong sense of unity, thanks to the noise-based approach that ruled all of these encounters. Convincing stuff. By François Couture in Monsieur Délire (Québec), January 29, 2013

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


Thomas Lehn, Michel F. Côté et Éric Normand, invisible Title (label tour de bras, 2013)
with Martin Tétreault, Sébastien Cirotteau, Christine Sehnaoui, Mario Gauther, data (label MONOTYPE REC , 2013)
Éric Normand 5 (Berger, Côté, Darling, Derome), SUR UN FIL (labelSetola di Maiale , 2012)
LE GGRIL ET EVAN PARKER, VIVACES Title (label tour de bras, 2012)
Jim Denley (Australie), Philippe Lauzier (QC), Pierre-Yves Martel ((QC), Kim Myhr (Norvège) et Éric Normand, TRANSITION DE PHASE Title (label tour de bras, 2012)

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