Two musicians listening to what appears to settle but is in fact transformed through the continuous exchange of ideas.
A music where the act of improvising is never totally assertive but remains open to the possibility of its own dissolution.
Charuest and Caloia push, pull, propose, listen, take their time, retreat.
Yves Charuest has been active in the jazz and new music scene since the early 1980s, playing with canadian musicians such as Jean Beaudet, Jean Derome, Lisle Ellis, John Heward, Michel Ratté, Sam Shalabi, Scott Thomson, Peter Valsamis. Charuest was also a member of the Peter Kowald Trio (1985-1990) with German bassist Peter Kowald and South-African drummer Louis Moholo, with whom he played extensively in Europe and in the USA, and played with John Betsch, Agustí Fernández, Georg Graewe, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Mathias Schubert, Mike Vlatkovich and Nate Wooley. Charuest has also peformed in solo Quebec and Europe, and collaborated with electroacoustic composers Jean-François Denis, jef chippewa and Jean Piché. Charuest is currently involved in the following ensembles: duo Charuest-Caloia, Still (with Nicolas Caloia and Peter Valsamis), Five-sided Circle (with Nicolas Caloia, Lori Freedman), the Murray Street Band, the Ratchet Orchestra and the Montreal/Toronto Art Orchestra.
Since the early 1990s Nicolas Caloia has worked as a performer, composer, and organizer in Montreal and has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed and recorded in a vast array of contexts with the most important members of Montreal's creative music community as well as with internationally renowned musicians like Marshall Allen, John Butcher, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Hassan Hakmoun, Tristan Honsinger and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. His concerts and recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad.
Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser finds a voice in: The Ratchet Orchestra – a 30 piece bigband, Tilting – the Nicolas Caloia Quartet, Ring – a sextet, Spell – a 10 piece marching band, and Mercury - a duet with Lori Freedman.