Abhra Album Cover
Release Date: March 11, 2016
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A group formed by six improvisers (from France, Italy, Ireland and the UK) led by saxophonist Julien Pontvianne, ‘Abhra’ is the Sanskrit word for the atmosphere or emptiness. Julien’s original compositions are framed by improvisation and centered around the diaries of Henry David Thoreau – philosopher, poet and American scholar born in 1817. Thoreau’s texts are at the heart of Abhra’s music, in which the role of the voice, the timbre of the instruments and the resonant spaces plunge the listener into something delicate and intimate. Abhra features Julien Pontvianne: sax and clarinet; Lauren Kinsella: voice; Hannah Marshall: cello; Francesco Diodatti: guitar; Alexandre Heure: keyboard and electronics and Matteo Bortone: bass.

Album Review

Le saxophoniste Julien Pontvianne réunit une formation européenne pour jouer une musique très épurée et pleine de poésie dans laquelle la voix de Lauren Kinsella s’empare avec la finesse d’une dentellière des textes du « poète-naturaliste » Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). Une réussite esthétique.
- Thierry Giard, Culture Jazz