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The Great European Stool Sample

by Herr Borelgrip

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    It includes texts in Swedish by poet Pär Thörn, and in French by musician Jean-Luc Guionnet. All composed in a gatefold double vinyl and 16-page booklet. Photos by french filmmaker Léa Lanoë and Swedish photographer Lisa Grip.

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A 18:06
B 18:19
C 18:03
D 18:08


The first official release of duo of rompish and frank improvisers Pierre Borel and Joel Grip, The Great European Stool Sample is a chatty constitution of constraints. The duo play with precision, isolation and possibilities of multi-layered communication. This production originates the wish to continue perform and execute the unsuspected through an already composed object – the recording. Herr Borelgrip is a witty contradiction in itself projecting sound, text and rhythmical ideas as if being together, simultaneously, as if being alone.

The music of Pierre Borel and Joel Grip started taking form in the triangle drawn up by Stockholm, Berlin and Paris in 2008. They have continuously been developing their music on stage in front of audiences, and therefore inevitably, hints with trust and failure. The Great European Stool Sample is a studio recording, but plays with the idea of it being a continuation of an active event in wich you as a listener can mix and change what to hear.


released October 31, 2020

Pierre Borel : alto saxophone
Joel Grip : double bass
All compositions by Pierre Borel and Joel Grip.

Recording : Dala Floda (SE) . September 18-20 2017
Mixing : Christoph Schlimmbach
Mastering : Anthony Laguerre
Photos : Léa Lanoë and Lisa Grip
Design : Léa Lanoë and Pierre Borel
Texts : Jean-Luc Guionnet and Pär Thörn
Acknowledgements : Pierre Martin, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Pär Thörn, and Kulturföreningen Hagen


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« Transformation of sound » is the motto around which they gathered to produce records, organize concerts, discover new artists and play music together.

The collective works to spread a music that is too rarely shared and discovered.
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