Originally, Abhra – Sanskrit word for the atmosphere, the emptiness… - was commissioned by the Centre International des Musiques Nomades and the Festival Détours de Babel in Grenoble, France, in 2014.
Six improvisers (from France, Italy, Irlande and England), mix their own cultures and their common interest for sound matters, around texts written by Henry David Thoreau - american philosopher, poet and scholar born in 1817. Thoreau puts nature at the centre of his thought, from what he extracts a moral - praise to the independence, to the simplicity, to the hedonistic asceticism… To be and settle in the world, let’s just breath, taste, touch, look, listen to the silence, feel, contemplate, observe…
The work on Thoreau’s diary is the heart of Abhra’s music, that plunges one in a delicate, intimiste universe, in which the role of the voice, the timbre, the resonant or the renewal of the forms of the song are the main concerns.
Abhra’s first album released in March 2016 (Onze Heures Onze – Auand).
Fr / En
Julien Pontvianne (Fr) / tenor saxophone, clarinet, composition
Lauren Kinsella (Ir) / voice
Francesco Diodati (It) / guitar
Hannah Marshall (En) / cello
Alexandre Herer (Fr) / keyboard
Matteo Bortone (It) / bass
"Abhra litteraly amazed through its very superior and totaly original beauty.
More than music, the essence of Music."
(Bruno Guermonprez, Jazz News)
"A music in a state of levitation"
(Denis Desassis, Citizen Jazz)
"An album full of hope, an ethic of slowness."
(Ludovic Florin, Improjazz)
"Julien Pontvianne get back to eternity.
Time does not length than elsewhere, references changing magically, without us being prepared. The more delicate colors shows thousand nuances. Clouds form constantly new sketches. Each season exhales the beauty of life. Are we closed from the music of the spheres ?"
(Jean-Jacques Birgé, Mediapart)