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The most eclectic percussionist in Montreal, Pierre Tanguay is having as much fun with traditional Mediterranean music (with the Strada ensemble) than in Ambiances magnétiques' large-scale free improvisational bands. He released his first solo album after being active as a player for over twenty years — he's been on most Ambiances magnétiques records since 1990. On La musique de mon disque (The Music on my Record), the listener is invited to a delicate exploration of the rhythmical and resounding universe of Pierre Tanguay. With the exception of a six-minute track, the 16 pieces vary in length from 2:30 to 4:30. These little snapshots are made with drums from various origins, small objects, glasses, bottles, bells. Tanguay slows down some sounds to reveal their inner textures. The result is charming: intriguing sound sculptures, little kaleidoscopic universes. Don't look for a beat — on this record, Tanguay caresses a lot more than he hits. His music isn't challenging, it is as unpretentious as the title announced — simply the illustration of a percussionist's sound universe. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Born: 1957 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

If we could give a prize to the most valuable Ambiances Magnétiques sideman (or woman), it would go to drummer Pierre Tanguay. Even though he is not one of the nine core members of the collective, he appears on more albums put out by its label than any one of them. But his career cannot be pinned down to the Montreal avant-garde scene. He has also been a valued sideman on the jazz scene, playing with Eric Longsworth, Jean Vanasse, Karen Young, and a dozen of others, and is active in world music,...
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