"Hors-piste" - Jean-Christophe Renault & Didier Laloy

Jean-Christophe Renault & Didier Laloy


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Michael Duke, RootsWorld Bulletin #357, US:
Jean-Christophe Renault's music defies easy categorization. The composer and pianist straddles the boundaries between classical, folk, and minimalism to create works that combine the textures of French impressionism (Erik Satie is a notable influence), the atmospherics of post-rock ensembles like Rachel's, and the creative use of repetition characterized by Harold Budd. Despite his impressionist bent, he shares with the Romantics a restless exploration of folk musical forms.