Four free-spirited, authoritative band leaders from France and the US share the stage for improvised music in a unique line-up: flutes, cello, piano and drums. The improvisations by The Sync have
Four free-spirited, authoritative band leaders from France and the US share the stage for improvised music in a unique line-up: flutes, cello, piano and drums.
The improvisations by The Sync have a unique character, joining the various individual timbres in a fascinating ensemble sound. French flutist Sylvaine Hélary combines flutes of various sizes with vocals. Just as extraordinary is the (prepared-) piano playing of her compatriot Eve Risser, who recently performed at the BIMHUIS with Kaja Draksler. Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and drummer Mike Reed, who are both from Chicago, are established names in the international improv scene. The foursome has been active for a couple of years and has released an album through The Bridge Transatlantic Network for Jazz and Creative Music.
Reed holds down a pulse that rises and falls with great subtlety, while Risser serves a similar function, carpeting the performances with jagged runs using both prepared techniques and conventional playing. Hélary plays with fragility but underlines her flute lines with wordless vocals that swoop and hector, and Lonberg-Holm uses various effects to generate wonderfully acidic, guitarlike splashes that inject an electric dissonance into the proceedings. Still, the combo consistently privilege a deep ensemble sound in which individual contributions are secondary to what’s generated as a whole’ (Chicago Reader).
€18 / €15 (CJP/Stadspas/Student)