Works for piano (+ voice) and electronic sounds by composer Paulo Guicheney

2020, Redshift Records

Luciane Cardassi, performer



1 – 7   Mer (2012) for piano 
I. C’est le passage d’un bac sur le Mékong
II. Ou rien, ou dormir, mourir 
III. La mer, sans forme, simplement incomparable 
IV. Il essuie le sang, il me lave 
V. Hélène Lagonelle
VI. Nous sommes des amants. Nous ne pouvons pas nous arrêter d’aimer 
VII. Valse de Chopin  

8   afloat (2014) for piano (+ voice) and electronics 

9   ILUMINURAS I. A silent fjord (2016) for piano (+ voice) 

10  A floresta de ossos (2019) for narrator and electronics 

The works that form this album – Mer – share several traces from composer Paulo Guicheney’s poetics. The first of these traces is the influence of literature: Mer was inspired by Marguerite Duras’ L’amant; afloat, by Sylvia Plath’s poem Two Views of a Cadaver Room; and A Floresta de ossos uses a text by the composer himself. Second, the prevalence of a feminine voice, both in its materiality and lyricism. Luciane Cardassi’s voice is the raw material in the electronics of afloat and A Floresta de ossos, and is performed, live, in ILUMINURAS I. We can also highlight the harmonic language built of clusters, periodical rhythmic cycles, glissandi of tempi, and rhythmic ondulations present in the first three tracks; and a distinct contrast between the spoken voice and percussive gestures. Mer resulted from a close collaboration between Paulo Guicheney and Luciane Cardassi. The Canadian-Brazilian pianist commissioned and premiered several works by Guicheney and has actively influenced his writing. Without her playing and her voice, these works would be very different, or would not exist.  

Producer: Luciane Cardassi | Recording producer, mixing and mastering engineer: Amandine Pras | Recorded at the Rolston Recital Hall, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in November 2017 | Studio assistants: Fox Schwach, David Wilkinson and Matthew Manifould  | Audio and Music Technician: Henry Ng | Coordinator of the Audio Recording Engineer Practicum: James Clemens-Seely | Piano Technician: Albert Picknell | Studio Assistants (track 10): Leonard Menon and Laura Ferguson | Graphic design: Rosana Almendares | Cover photograph: Mãe (Mother) by Paulo Guicheney