in Pré-Saint-Gervais metro station, Paris
July 10th -11th 2001, between 22:30 and 00:30
"On July 10th 2001, Guionnet (alto sax), Warburton (violin) and La Casa (microphones) explored the acoustics of the Pré Saint Gervais Metro station in Paris, riding the elevators, taking the stairs, experimenting real-time music in daily life.
A reference, between site-specific improvisation and sound art."
The Parisian Metro has long attracted artists, writers and musicians: Joseph Beuys spent his honeymoon riding the subways of the French capital, Queneau and Cortazar were fascinated by the sociology of its interconnecting networks, and countless millions of travelers - tourists and local residents - have experienced its unique atmosphere and acoustics. Late in the evening of July 10th 2001, Dan Warburton took Jean-Luc Guionnet and Eric La Casa down into the depths of Pré Saint Gervais, a Metro station in the quiet north-east of the city, where, following no pre-determined plan, the three musicians - Warburton on violin, Guionnet on alto sax, La Casa on portable DAT recorder with stereo boom mic - explored the acoustics of the station, riding the elevators, taking the stairs, producing a rich and fascinating sonic map of the space through environmental improvisation. "Metro Pré St Gervais" is a unique and remarkably accessible aural document of free improvisation and sound art.
Best known in the US as a prolific writer for Signal To Noise magazine, British violinist / pianist / composer Dan Warburton's forthcoming releases include a solo project for Crouton Music's Folktales series, a duo album with Bruno Meillier and the long-awaited "Basement Tapes" (on David Tibet's Durtro imprint) with percussionist Edward Perraud and free jazz legend Arthur Doyle. www.paristransatlantic.com