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French double-bassist Hélène Labarrière (pictured), a composer of jazz and free improvisation music, has carved herself a singular place on the French music scene. Using influences that range from Breton folk songs to West African rhythms, her music is an indefinable, eclectic mix that has evolved from her initial groundings in jazz when, in her early 20s, her first recording was made with the celebrated American alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Last month she and her quartet took to the stage at the Sons d’hiver (Winter sounds) festival in the Paris suburb of Saint-Mandé to present their latest work, Désordre. Patrick Artinian filmed their performance and interviewed Labarrière, who says she sees "something political" in the joyous non-order of their music.
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