Picture by Jean-Claude Borel
PIERRE BASTIEN - LOUIS LAURAIN / C.N.T
cnt: on record sleeves, abbreviation for "cornet" printed in brackets after the name of the musician who plays it. Example: Rex Stewart (cnt).
CNT: Acronym for Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, a Spanish libertarian union based on recognition of the human group.
CNT: a group of two humans who play the cornet, a musical instrument commonly and only slightly abusively referred to as the "trumpet".
There is no such thing as a left-handed trumpet: three fingers are enough to lower the valves, without requiring exceptional agility. In fact, most trumpet players could have as little as one arm. Their left hand serves only to help the other lift the instrument, which is nevertheless very light.
But Louis Laurain and Pierre Bastien are not one-armed. Before meeting each other, they had already decided to put their neglected hands to good use: to add percussion to their melodic instrument, or to make it polyphonic, harmonic, noisy...So don't expect medieval or military ringing from this duo. Instead, you'll hear an orchestra, with its pounding rhythms and swaying basses. For Louis and Pierre play the trumpet with four hands, and sometimes even without their mouths.
April 2023 : festival Archipel, Geneva
Nov 2023 : Fundazione MAST / Angelica, Bologna
Nov 2023 : Auditorium Novecento, Napoli