Rhizottome© Mathieu Vladimir Alliard
The street and the balls is where they will start playing and building their repertoire from 2008, in France, Portugal, Belgium or Italy. Carried by the "neotraditional" currents and the more classical melodies (Rameau, Telemann, Schubert, Weill), they will progressively compose their own repertoire and introduce it to new audiences, in theatres, jazz festivals, Japan…
Rhizot(t)ome derives from an ancient herbalist's word which refers to the "chopping of the roots". Their music is always hand in hand, in its creation, with the notion of tradition, with which one must play: to revive its roots in order to better let go of them. This play also consists of creating new ones, by drawing colours, textures, rhythmic constructions in different repertoires and regions of the world. From this creative process original compositions are thus born, revealing intimate territories to be conquered.
Taking, retaking, turning compositions around, whose structures are borrowed from traditional songs, shooting them in improvised flights in order to better "recompose" them and then meeting them again – almost – intact.
They play attempting to find an energy, through listening and improvising, that would make all dances possible. Two acute sensitivities, between sweetness and rant: the instruments talk to each other, seek to learn one another and build new stories, new dances each time. The concert becomes ball and vice versa.
A string stretches between here and far, between the familiar and the unknown, and it is on this string that improvisation wanders. From attachment to rupture, codes and references must be taken and shown the door. This is therefore an intimate and musical cartography, which in fact invites us on a journey; from wanting to share these explorations with evermore diverse, evermore remote audiences, through the bodies, up to where possible traits of a common imagination are drawn.
A generous and sensual music that looks to gather and make us all leave together, from wherever we may be.https://rhizottome.wordpress.com