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L'histoire du chapeau

by The Draperies

Bb/Db 09:41
G# 11:11
G 13:38
F 19:40


The Draperies improvise with no set program, no expressed strategies, but not exactly freely. There's a real sense of shared responsibility here to make music for a listener to listen to (not for the players to play or the players to listen to; at least not until they're done playing). There's a lot of music here: noise and pitch; high and low; short and long; thin (like a razor or a wisp of smoke from a blown out candle) and thick (like a pig-foot stew or a magic marker); not much fast and slow; all manner of attacks; lots of dynamics (but not too much loud and soft). This is music with intensities that is utterly not about intensity. The Draperies' music sounds nothing like folk music; but it feels like folk music.


released July 16, 2021

Eric Chenaux — Guitar
Ryan Driver — Synth & Thumb Reeds
Doug Tielli — Trombone & Trumpet

Tracks 1 and 3 recorded at Mercer Union, Toronto, September 2000
Tracks 2 and 4 recorded by John Larocque, September 2000
Mastered by Harris Newman
Drawing by Ryan Driver
Photograph of the Draperies by Aimée Dawn Robinson
Design by Lewis Nicholson
©/℗ Chenaux/ Driver/ Tielli SOCAN


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Rat-drifting music searches for specificity, celebrates detail. It experiments with radical particularity and wonders about the possibilities and potentials of those experiments. If the music drifts, it does so in the hopes that the listener drifts with it—her/his imagination experimenting with the possibilities of the music as well, as they find their own route through their own experience. ... more

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