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Icarus Livesession #51: Dominique Lawalrée

Icarus Livesession #51: Dominique Lawalrée

Playing tracks by

Dominique Lawalrée.

Chart positions

This show was 10th in the global instrumental chart and 69th in the global ambient chart.

Dominique Lawalrée, probably one of the most unknown contemporary composers in Belgium. For this live session, Icarus works together with IPEM institute. They measured, for scientific purposes, the movement of his finger while playing with sensors on his body, something they did before for the Canvas show 'Thomas Speelt Het Hard'.
Lawalrée (°1954) released more than 20 cd's (on his own Editions Walrus) and composed more than 400 pieces. He wrote a big book about the music of The Beatles and even reveiled a recording mistake in the Sgt Pepper album.
Last year, the first archival release of his work was brought to us by CatchWaveltd, called 'First Meeting'.
1. Unknown
2. L’Espace d’un Instant
3. Lullaby In The Water
4.New Piece For Beatle John
5. Unknown
6. Blues 3
7. Rainy Sunday
8. Trois Icones
9. Please Do Not Disturb
10. Waiting For The Bus
11. Dominique Lawalrée-Unknown
12. Dominique Lawalrée-Listen to The Quiet Voice


Pierre Berthet

This is great archive!

00:27: unknown
03:18: L'Espace d'un Instant
04:33: Lullaby in the water
"This part of the set featured some of the night's most virtuosic playing, though it was a new composition, "Lullaby In The Water," that was the most special, due, in no small part, to Lawalrée's introduction. He stood and addressed the pews with what may as well have been a parable: he was dreaming in a pool (the nicest pool in Belgium) when he saw a group of disabled people arrive with two carers. The carers got in the pool while the others sat on the side, and the carers gently splashed water on their legs. Some members of the group seemed scared to enter the pool, so one young carer approached a woman and invited her into her arms. The carer rocked her back and forth in the water while singing a lullaby. "I wish you could see the face of the woman," said Lawalrée. As the piano rippled through the silence, I was able to do just that." Brandon Wilner, extract from his chronicle:
11:33: New Piece for Beatle John (but maybe real title might be "Now Peace for Beatle John".
13:15: Unknown. Might be "Infinitude" but not sure...
22:30: Blues 3
25:52: Rainy Sunday
30:11: Trois Icônes
34:15: Please Do Not Disturb
36:40: Waiting For The Bus
40:23: Unknown
44:23: Listen to The Quiet Voice
48:08: Interview (en français)

Icarus Records

Yes. It's a great loss. Last month he played a concert on one of our Icarus Nights, so his death came very unexpected.