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1 November 2005
By Luc Bouquet in ImproJazz #88 (France), November 1, 2005

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“… un orchestre souvent redoutable, qui, s’il garde la nostalgie des valses d’antan, s’est ouvert à des sonorités et textures très éloignées…”

Âgée d’une trentaine d’années et aujourd’hui rajeunie par l’arrivée de quelques trublions du collectif Ambiances Magnétiques (Jean Derome, Guido Del Fabbro, Normand Guilbeault), la Fanfare Pourpour n’a de fanfare que le nom. C’est en vérité un orchestre souvent redoutable, qui, s’il garde la nostalgie des valses d’antan, s’est ouvert à des sonorités et textures sans doute très éloignées de l’esthétique originale. Les bibelots sonores de Mademoiselle Rose, les traînées felliniennes de Gelsomina, les strates klezmer de La noce du brigand, le swing surréaliste de Coucou sont quelques-unes des belles réjouissances de ce disque. Rien de révolutionnaire ici mais à l’heure où fleurissent en France pléthore de fanfares (le plus souvent sans grande imagination), réjouissons-nous de la découverte de cette iconoclaste consœur québécoise.

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1 May 2005
in Muzik etc #17:3 (Québec), May 1, 2005

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“Ils font une musique originale dans laquelle s’harmonisent joie, désordre et poésie.”

[Translation] Fanfare Pourpour est un orchestre urbain montréalais. Ils sont quinze, âgés de 21 à 68 ans et le groupe se compose de musiciens, comédiens, graphistes, animateurs de radio et d’un informatien. Ils font une musique originale dans laquelle s’harmonisent joie, désordre et poésie. Leur dernier album intitulé Le Bal nous livre des valses porte-bonheur, de la chanson française, du jazz et quelques pièces aux épices Cajun. Du 14 au 25 juillet prochains, ils feront une grande tournée de la province du Québec. www.fanfarepourpour.com

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7 December 2004
By Miller Walt in Splendid E-Zine (USA), December 7, 2004

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“… Fanfare Pourpour’s music is infectious and crosses all borders…”

Unless you speak French, information on this Montréal collective is hard to come by — but Fanfare Pourpour’s music is infectious and crosses all borders, regardless of your native tongue. Dating back to 1975, when nine of its members were in a group called L’Enfant Fort, this clique of talented musicians remains together for the pure pleasure of playing, picking up new members young and old along the way; they currently count 15 players of varying ages (22 to 70, in fact) and occupations among their ranks, all of them in ready to answer the call of duty when it comes.

Weaving a contagious web of horns, accordions and oompah band rhythms, Fanfare may initially remind you of a carousel ride, circus sounds flowing outward from the center hub to your ears as your wooden mount makes another lap. But this is no mere polka band; the group offers a subtle twist, with sweeping, sun kissed melodies and raucous bounce fashioned from old school cabaret tunesmithing, breathing new life into Europe’s hand-me-down sound. With so many instruments getting a word in at once, you’d be right to expect some sort of sonic traffic jam, but Fanfare Pourpour are a mini orchestra--everyone plays a carefully delineated role within the joyous, improv-leaning slice of mayhem. Some of the younger members have brought in new jazz styles, too; for instance, blazing trumpets with a John Zorn soul give La noce du brigand a skronking beatnik kick. The emotional payoff (a function of the occasional lyrics) is the icing on Le bal’s overall sound: their music is compelling enough to make young whippersnappers like us forget about rock and electronica for an hour or so.

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5 November 2004
By Patrick Plouchart in Trad magazine (France), November 5, 2004

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“Alors! Prêt pour 67 minutes de grandes émotions?”

Issu d’un libre regroupement de joyeux lurons qui paradaient déjà dans les rues de Montréal dans les années 70, et qui porta successivement les noms évocateurs de «Pouet Pouet Band» ou du «Montréal transport limité», c’est en 1995 que naît vraiment cette fanfare réunie uniquement pour le plaisir de rejouer ensemble. Ce deuxième CD, sorti en mars 2004 après cinq ans de leur première galette intitulée Tout le monde, est un vrai régal dans le genre… Les quinze musiciens, âgés entre 21 et 68 ans, au départ comédiens, graphistes, animateur radio, informaticien et retraités nous emportent au fur et à mesure de ce «bal imaginaire» dans leur univers «triste gai» des films de Fellini, Kurt Weill, Tati, Renoir ambiance de Caf’conc’ et de Band New Orleans, avec leurs compositions, mais aussi une reprise traditionnelle Cajun La valse du dimanche après-midi comme vous ne l’avez encore jamais entendue… Assez bavardé, vous l’aurez compris, je suis sous le charme de ce bal de la Fanfare Pourpour, et espère juste que vous le serez aussi comme moi, dès la première écoute. Alors! Prêt pour 67 minutes de grandes émotions?

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1 September 2004
By Henryk Palczewski in Informator “Ars” 2 #40 (Poland), September 1, 2004

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18 August 2004
By Dolf Mulder in Vital #435 (Netherlands), August 18, 2004

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“… honest and pleasant music that will please many.”

Monsieur Fauteux is a sublabel of Ambiances Magnétiques. It is specialised in more accessible music then normally released on Ambiances Magnétiques. Martel began as a poet and published two collections of his poetry. Later he learned playing the guitar and developped himself into a singer/songwriter. He wrote all the songs and lyrics for his third solo-album Sautons ce repas de midi. Also he plays little guitar, ukelélé, theremin and harmonica.. He is accompanied by Bernard Falaise (guitar, mandolin, keyboards, voice), Éloi Deit (basses) and Michel F Coté (drums and percussion). Martel is not a great singer. I suppose the lyrics are very important — Martel is a poet. But alas I do not speak french, so I can’t say anything about it. Happily the arrangments and playing are very funny and full of ideas. Each song has it’s own atmosphere. This make this album enjoyable and worthwhile also for those who don’t understand french. It’s especially the guitar playing of Bernard Falaise that catches the attention.

Fanfare Pourpour reminded me of the Willem Breuker Kollektief or the belgian “ballroom” ensemble Julverne. This Fanfare has 15 members and is assisted by 5 other musicians in some of the tracks. We hear saxes, trumpette, clarinette, flutes, but also accordeon, guitar, violin, banjo, etc. On a reunion in 1995 several veteran musicians decided to play again together and Fanfare Pourpour was born. Nowadays veterans and young talents are united in this great ensemble.As the title indicates the ensemble plays a very danceable music, albeit often plunged in a melancholic atmosphere. Music from and for people. No self-indulgent art, or music for the sake of experiment, but music that wants to serve an audience, to make a party. The 16 compostions come from members Suzanne Babin, Luc Proulx, Jean Derome and others. The opening track opens very promising in a gypsy style, but halfway the piece takes another direction. We hear many waltzes, swing and more uptempo pieces, like the excellent La noce du brigand by member Guido del Fabbro. Although I’m open for this kind of music, my attention faded away from time to time. Some of the compositions are a little unsignificant, plus arrangements and playing do not sparkle throughout the ride. But surely an album of honest and pleasant music that will please many.

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