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Dans Les Arbres

  • ANU Drill Hall Gallery Kingsley Street Acton, ACT, 2601 Australia (map)

SoundOut, Atticus Coffee and Canberra International Music Festival present

Dans Les Arbres

Dans Les Arbres is an improvising ensemble comprising pianist Christian Wallumrød, clarinetist Xavier Charles, guitarist Ivar Grydeland and percussionist Ingar Zach.

This unique improvising quartet (…} continues to fine-tune its artistic concept with a rare sense of accord, and shared responsibilities.
— ECM Records

The group’s idiosyncratic inhabitants, their unusual combination of sound sources and their sense of communication, lead to collective playing and spontaneous group-composing named to be in a “class of its own”. Their music moves gently but steadily ahead on broad planes of sound. The dynamic textural sceneries evolve as Dans les arbres harnesses its wealth of unorthodox extended techniques. Since the recording of their first album in 2006, Dans les arbres has performed more than 120 concerts around the globe. The two releases on ECM Records – the self-titled debut Dans Les Arbres (2008) and Canopée (2012) have received praise from reviewers and audiences alike. The group was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize 2015. Dans les arbres have performed with guest musicians such as Yumiko Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O´Rourke, the Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga and The Norwegian Wind Ensemble. Together with singers and Oslo Sinfonietta they performed the piece About Nature by Henrik Hellstenius at the Oslo Opera House in 2015.


Xavier Charles - clarinet
Ivar Grydeland - el.guitar
Christian Wallumrød - prepared piano
Ingar Zach - gran cassa, percussion


Tickets at the door
$30 + $20 concession

There’s no end to the delights of this quite magical disc. The finest composition, like improvisation, ultimately relies on intuition, and these players seem to have an innate grasp of the right combination of sounds and textures. Dans les arbres must be one of the finest ECM Improv releases – indeed, releases from any label – in recent years.
— The Wire
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