Jean-Luc Guionnet / Eric La Casa – Home: Handover


4CD – Potlatch

In 2010, Jean-Luc Guionnet and Éric La Casa were invited to the Uninstal festival in Glasgow to conduct a series of live home recordings alongside natives of the Scottish city. The result, Home: Handover, is a blend of field recordings, spoken word, music and improvisation. The composition consists of a score with four phases mapped to the 4CD set. The settings of the recordings, while subject to significant variation, retain the characteristic of the “single sequence shot”, in a close emotional relationship that binds people to spaces and to hearing. These are stories of everyday life, unveiled by interventions that, while subtle, possess a sonic nuance and a deep understanding of the different contexts encountered. The people, the rooms, the chorus chants give off a special poetry and truth. The first phase of the composition includes narrative parts and favorite listenings, the second is a documentation of a public performance at the Tramway, with five performers, two speakers and three instrumentalists. In the third phase of the score we hear a home recording with musicians interacting and reinterpreting previous recordings. In the final phase, Gionnet and La Casa freely mix the previous three phases without the use of additional processing or sound materials. This is a kind of “studio synthesis drift.”


Éric La Casa & Jean-Luc Guionnet – House I