Jean-Marc Montera is a French guitarist, mainly active in the experimental music scene. Besides being active as a musician, he’s also the director of the organisation GRIM, that organises concerts, festivals, workshops and artist in residence projects in Marseille. Montera is active as a player since the 70s and has done collaborations with artists like Fred Frith, André Jaume, Barre Phillips, Yves Robert, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Louis Sclavis, Hifiklub, Michel Doneda. And in the theater, dance and visual art scenes with people like Sarah Kane, Biljana Srbljanović, Jean-Claude Berutti, Odile Duboc, Sandy Amerio. In 1978 he raised the organisation GRIM (Groupe de recherche et d’improvisation musicales, roughly translated: Group of Search and Musical Improvisation) of which is the director up until present time. In 2001 he started an ensemble Treatise de Cornelius Cardew with Chris Cutler (ex-Henry Cow), Thomas Lehn and Hélène Breschand. In 2006 he performed in a guitar trio with Noël Akchoté and Jean-François Pauvros.
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All music by Jean-Marc Montera.
released May 18, 1995
“…although French guitarist Jean-Marc Montera imaginatively augments the guitar with tapes and objects, you could certainly mistake some of his explorations for those of Fred Frith (with whom he has a duo), Stephan Wittwer, Elliott Sharp or Erhard Hirt. Yes, it’s easy to become blasé, but try not to be. Montera shapes and structures his solo improvisations with a great deal of care, and is worth hearing.” — The Wire
“There’s this beautiful childlike mischievousness about it all that makes the listener howl in laughter one minute, chuckle with assent at another, and yell out loud in outrage in yet another. Such gorgeous anarchy, such beautiful noise; it makes this writer wonder if we all couldn’t play guitar — or anything else — like this if we’d only free ourselves enough to try. The highest compliment I can pay a record is that it wants to make me try to play music. Thank you, Jean-Marc.” — All-Music Guide, 4 stars
Jean-Marc Montera: guitar, tapes, objects etc.
Tracks 1-4 recorded live by Oliver Jouy on March 25th, 1993, during the Grenoble Jazz Festival at La Soupe Au Choux in Grenoble, France.
Tracks 5-7 recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on November 19th, 1994, during the Total Music Meeting at the Podewil in Berlin.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.
Liner notes: Christian Tarting. Translation: Delia Morris. Übersetzung: Brigitte Restorff, Wulf Teichmann
Artwork: Pascale Chau-Huu.
Layout: Jost Gebers.
Photo: Dagmar Gebers.