Bonadventure Pencroff


Bonadventure Pencroft is the story of a group of five musicians accompanied by a ethnomusicologist converted to a storyteller for the occasion, decides to give a voice to the adventure of their meetings, between two continents, almost in the middle of the ocean, at the cross-roads of the music scene of Chicago and the research approach of all Nautilis.

Directly related to the world of Jules Verne, the group name takes one of his lunar and some little fancifulcharacters to embody this human and musical odyssey. One way to connect music to narratives and to the shores it evokes. An artistic story born after the international exchange program ARCH initiated by musicians of Nautilis, that took shape around this new group, concentrated around a certain idea of music.

Wishing it free, it digs its groove in the creative musical Chicago, electro-acoustic music and rock of Tortoise and Stereolab, and with major free and open jazz (Bill Dixon, Pharoah Sanders, Peter Brötzmann, Roscoe Mitchell Ken Vandermark, Nicole Mitchell, Hamid Drake …)

With :

Christophe Rocher (Brest, France) : Clarinets

Rob Mazurek (Chicago, Il, USA) : Cornet

Jeb Bishop (Chicago, Il, USA) : Trombone

Frédéric Briet (Brest, France) : Double bass

Nicolas Pointard (Brest, France) : Drums

Alexandre Pierrepont (Paris, France) : Fortune Teller


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CD recorded in Chicago, release of Mzrecords Label :  couv CD

Bonadventure Pencroff is one of the five castaways, the versatile sailor, of Jules Verne’s “L’île mystérieuse”… In the book, Bonadventure Pencroff has this magnificent repartee: ” Cyrus, do you think there are islands for castaways, specially created to be shipwrecked ?”

Bonadventure Pencroff is also the name given to the musical meeting between the spirit of adventure in Brittany today, and two axis of rotation of the Creative Music in Chicago for twenty years, which interact between the rock of Tortoise or Stereolab and the biggest names of free and open jazz (Bill Dixon, Pharoah Sanders, Peter Brötzmann, Roscoe Mitchell, Ken Vandermark).
This clash is put into perspective by a matrix of stories to relate (oneself), working as the collectively composed, then improvised, music actions, reactions, anticipations, digressions…

And this meeting would also draws its inspiration from “L’Île Mystérieuse” to imagine new fantastic navigations.






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