A Sense of Place: Archives by Cédric Dind-Lavoie

on the cover: Joseph Larade on violin (Centre culturel Les Trois Pignon)

Canadian composer & multi-instrumentalist Cédric Dind-Lavoie reaches back through time to find a very special group of collaborators for his first full-length release since the wonderful 88 (2018, Preserved Sound). Archives is a specially treated anthology of songs from the 40s and 50s that have been drawn from the collections of distinguished folklorists of the French-Canadian traditional music scene. As deftly as one could imagine, Dind-Lavoie deploys a wide assortment of acoustic instruments and sound effects to both animate and accompany these precious archival recordings with additional support from Marie-Pierre Lecault (La Suite) on violin and mandolin.

Dind-Lavoie’s treatment of these archives is deeply respectful as he takes care to preserve the fidelity and authenticity of the recordings while still managing to be bold and self-assured in augmenting them with tasteful embellishments. Much more than just a curator of the material, he is a skillful and expressive accompanist whether discreetly framing the original work with the lightest of touches or adding vibrant colors with the same energy and immediacy as he might if he could step through the corridors of time right into the rooms where the songs were being performed.

These are such authentic voices. That’s what I find touching. I wanted to highlight the quality of these performers, as well as the work of the folklorists who, in a time when there was almost nothing archived, went out into the field to collect these songs, which had to represent a colossal amount of work. It is to this whole process that I want to pay tribute.

Cédric Dind-Lavoie

Links: Bandcamp | Corne de brume

Archives is available digitally and in a limited CD edition through the recently launched Corne de brume imprint based in Québec as part of its Pied-de-vent series. The album was mixed and mastered by Louis Morneau.

Photo by Julie Blanche