Tenzier will reach an important milestone this Friday October 2nd, as they are releasing their fifth album, shedding a more and more insistent light on a network of artists located in the margins of Quebec’s cultural production, post-Quiet Revolution.
Founded in 2010, the non-profit organisation has a mandate to preserve, offer visibility and broadcast Quebec’s avant-garde sound archives. Tenzier accomplishes these tasks thanks to links they are privileged to maintain with two communities of creators; the first – located in Montreal – to which they belong, and the second – attached to the decades between 1960 and 1980 – from which they gets inspired.
Since the beginning, Tenzier has been working on combining the two, via events, at the Cinémathèque québécoise, Vidéographe and Centre Daimon, and by the release limited pressing LPs. The Jean-Pierre Boyer retrospective serves as a glowing example. Taking place last autumn, it allowed a pioneer of experimental video to collaborate with a younger generation of artists: videographer Sabrina Ratté as well as composers Roger Tellier-Craig and Jean-Sébastien Truchy. The collages “Beefcake Psychic Ball” and “Serial Bondage Spiral”, created by Félix Morel following his meeting with electro-acoustic musician Bernard Gagnon, are another strong example.
Tenzier established that every album cover promotes the meeting of a composer of the era and a contemporary visual artist. Aside from the aforementioned Félix Morel and Bernard Gagnon collaboration (TNZR052), the label also paired Marie-Douce St-Jacques and Étienne O’Leary (TNZR050), Dominic Vanchesteing and the Quatuor de jazz libre du Québec (TNZR051) as well as Sabrina Ratté and Gisèle Ricard (TNZR053).
The fifth Tenzier release – “Champ (10 opérations)” by Yves Bouliane (TNZR054) – is the exception to this rule, as the composer himself created the images decorating the sleeve. Tenzier and fellow record label Los Discos Enfantasmes thus chose to collaborate to offer a sound reading, rather than visual, of this piece recorded in 1977. They will release, on October 2nd, at the same time as the record by Bouliane, a cassette including two tribute pieces prepared by Jean-Sébastien Truchy and Alexandre St-Onge (LDE054).
The archives does not remain stagnant at Tenzier, but participates in a dynamic procedure of constant actualisation by proposing various readings of these traces of memories. A “counter memory”, in a way, as it was worded by a group of students who were interested in Tenzier in the context of their research on the archive-memory-power triad.
To support Tenzier in their efforts, join them in the celebration of this double release (TNZR054 and LDE054), in the presence of three artists, Friday October 2nd 2015, from 5pm to 7pm, at Formats (2, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, room 302).
For more details: http://tenzier.org