"He is heading as he said towards the genuine East,
that is very far
to the West"
(Henri Gougaud, The Sayings of master Shonglang, Publisher: Du Seuil 1997)
ESCAPE: to get free from something (Cambridge dictionary)
EXERCISE: a set of movements (Cambridge dictionary)
One is easily tempted to identify a musician with a style, an approach or a particular technique. Yet so many possible trails are available to one nourished from such diverse influences and fascinating cultures. He relentlessly asks himself the burning question: what to play? Or more precisely, what to play now? As in life itself, from any course: which path to take, what journey to undertake? Which adventure to depart for, what province to discover?
and why not, simply, go with the flow...
Heading back six centuries to encounter lutenist Francesco da Milano, an unconstrained look at one of his favourite jazz standards, heading for the margins - Egberto Gismonti - and pay homage to those who display the most profound maturity in their writing - Toru Takemitsu - or push the boundaries of their performance - Arthur Kampela, not forgetting to allow oneself to be transported by the magic in the moment, improvising between those lines...
By freely weaving together the classical, folk and baritone guitars, exploring open tunings like so many promising colours and by ascribing the shape of this collection to his quest of "what to play?", Philippe Mouratoglou answers the question in his own way in this new opus Vision Fugitive.
Neither ancient music, nor avant-garde, nor pure improvisation, or even topical reference, Exercices d'évasion is the singular recital of a guitarist open to all styles and who chooses, for the time of a recording session in the studio at La Buissonne, to allow himself a completely free rein.
TRACKS LIST :
Ricercare V ( Francesco da Milano )
East (Philippe Mouratoglou)
Central guitar ( Egberto Gismonti )
Mirage ( Philippe Mouratoglou)
Equinox ( Toru Takemitsu )
Woods ( Philippe Mouratoglou )
The peacocks ( Jimmy Rowles )
Percussion Study II (Arthur Kampela )
West (Philippe Mouratoglou )
Fantasia XXXV ( Francesco da Milano )
Guitar players have been an all too common feature on stages since the sixties. This may no be so true about classical guitarists, since most of them don’t go much out of their music conservatories. But if you want to talk about those who started from a classical upbringing, then fruitfully opened up to the folk and electrical aspects of the instrument, you might have a hard time finding many names.
In other words, Philippe Mouratoglou is a rare bird in six-strings country. All the more since he also improvises, and sometimes also sings along with his guitar or accompanies soprano singer Arianne Wohlhuter.
Philippe Mouratoglou’s teachers were Pablo Marquez, Wim Hoogewerf and Roland Dyens, but he soon felt the urge to extend his expressive range and his repertoire: from Renaissance to contemporary and traditional music, from the blues of Robert Johnson — that he revisits in a personal, inspired way along with Jean-Marc Foltz on clarinets and Bruno Chevillon on double-bass — to a dialogue around Isaac Albeniz with Pedro Soler’s flamenco guitar.
No wonder that his trio “So full of shapes…” plays John Dowland as well as Benjamin Britten, or that his “O Gloriosa Domina” record — issued in 2005 — encompasses five centuries of music.
No wonder either that Philippe Mouratoglou invited Jean-Marc Foltz and producer Philippe Ghielmetti to start Vision Fugitive, a new record label that blows a whiff of fresh air in a music world that’s often far too compartmentalized.
disc / booklet
Booklet photos : Nicolas Bruant