Track name: Portrait de Famille
(Portrait de Famille - page 1 of 4)
Six members of a family, represented by six musical "miniatures". These have common traits, more or less. The piece is not based on my family - it could be anyone's.
The original title was "La Dictature des Musiciens".
Very different from the rest of the album, it's in fact six bits of music stuck together, each one lasting about 1:30 minutes.
It's kind of a heterogeneous patchwork, but the pieces still share certain elements (so I'm at peace with my oh so progressive conscience).
Here's a short commentary on each one of the six miniatures:
1/ Organ solo. Petite church. Nostalgic harmonies.
2/ Wurlitzer arpeggios. Fraudulent harmonies. Matt (drums) at his most restrained. Canterbury feel?. The last figure in fourths was part of a tune ("Quintet #1") I wrote in 1999 when I was playing in the parisian band Eptalemys (featuring Julien Tardy, Frédéric Drouillard, Fabrice Dano and Stéphane Dano).
3/ Semi-surreal fuzz bass melody.
4/ Romantic jazz piano trio. Bass/piano dialog. "Seven is a jolly good time"!
5/ Polymetric electro funk. Ends with a self-deterioration.
6/ Mechanic, morbid counterpoint. Extracted from the opera I co-wrote in 2006, "Tres Para Una". Pseudo-twelve tone music. Featuring toy piano.
This was the first piece we recorded, on the first day. Because it's pretty simple to play, and the the instrumentation is very diverse - a good way to set up all the gear for the 5-day session.
Here's an alternate take of the 4th part (Jazz piano trio):