Xavier Charles / Éric Normand – Avis Aux Réacteurs



1. Entrée………….Compresseur………….Combustion………….Turbine………….Réducteur………….Tuyère………….Poussée (35:12)

· Xavier Charles: clarinet
· Éric Normand: electric bass, objects

All music by Xavier Charles & Éric Normand
Recorded live at Silence Sounds, Guelph on 14/5/2016
Mixed and mastered by Xavier Charles & Éric Normand
Cover graphics courtesy of Lufthansa
Graphic design by László Szakács
Produced by László Juhász & Éric Normand

Released: December 2018 / first edition of 300 cds
Purchase: Bandcamp / Discogs



Reviews ↓


“The thirty-five-some minutes on this cd might consist of seven separate parts, according to the cover, but it plays as one radical piece of improvised music. Here we have Xavier Charles on clarinet and Éric Normand on electric bass and objects. Both of them have quite a career in improvised music and they match together very well, when it comes to a radical approach of their instruments, the unusual way of playing these instruments and making them sound like something else altogether. They scratch, bit, blow, bow and who knows whatever else their instruments and come with music that is thoughtful, loud, quiet, extreme, musical, atonal and all of that in a relatively short time span and in rapid succession. Sometimes the clarinet and bass are not to be recognized at all, and sometimes they have a very clear presence. The music is a wild ride, most of the time, with no hands on the wheel; see what happens then, seems to be their motto. With their experience in radical free music they sure know how to respond to each other, going from one place to the next; react, subtract and attract, respond, question and then do the opposite. Just because you can, seems to be their modus operandi. This is thirty-five-some minutes of sonic bliss, splintered and clustered, a force.” / Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly, 16 July 2019



Radio plays ↓


· No Wave at Tilos Rádió, Budapest, 23 June 2019