This is not the first time Étienne Lecomte and Jaime L. Pantaleón, the members of this duo, work together. Pantaleón participated in the recording of the album Crossroads Project (2008) by Vrak’Trio, the free-jazz band in which Lecomte played. Tolv brings together two musicians from different backgrounds —Lecomte comes from avant-garde jazz, classical and contemporary music; Pantaleón, from experimental rock—, but who share their desire for sound exploration without restrictions. This is a sublime encounter between the dreamlike landscapes of Pantaleón’s guitar and those that comes from Lecomte’s flute. Tolv’s music evokes both the inhospitable landscapes of northern Europe and the frantic pace of the most turbulent cities.
Tolv featuring Hilde Marie Holsen, trumpet & electronics (no) 1 Øyvind Hegg-Lunde, drums (no)
Bird is the Worm (USA) - 2018
There’s a seductive quality to this collaboration by the TOLV duo of guitarist Jaime L. Pantaléon and flautist Etienne Lecomte. That allure is particularly effective in the way it provides balance and contrast with the album’s electronic frisson. The music is ambient as hell, but something about how the duo warps the ethereal melodies of Électrons Libres results in sound with a bite to it. Music from Barcelona and Paris. (Dave Sumner)
Eléctrons Libres (Label Manivelle 2017)