The two musicians produce a new texture of sound in the air, mixing shrill and tingling resonances with smooth acoustic vibrations.The compositions are put in space through a fascinating sound-engineer creating literaly a sound firework for the ears. A univers without concessions, filed with a rich complexity, where doors are being opened. Habits are disrupted using loops, pedal effects, minimal and noise music, dissonance and saturation, creating a unique and addictive musical environment.
Watchdog is Jazz Migration 2017 Laureate (The most important project for French emerging creative jazz musicians), as well as 1st Prize winners of the 36th National Jazz in La Défense Contest (as part of the A. Quillier 6tet). Pierre Horckmans (bass, alto and Bb clarinets, effects) and Anne Quillier (Fender Rhodes, piano, analog synthesizer, voice) joined by Adrian Bourget (sound designer) transgress the stylistic borders, play with each other, interact, take risks and overpass every limits in a constantly changing acoustic world.
New realease : Can of Worms
" This albun creates right ahead a state of dreaming, not like a boring afternoon, but the one with bubbling blood in your veines. Running emotions disorientated till they explode full of passion. Never to miss ! "
Louis-Julien Nicolaou, Les Inrockuptibles
" It is clearly one of the most beautiful disc of the end of the year"
Florent Servia, Jazz News
"(...) Watchdog, le duo français de Anne Quillier et Pierre Horckmans a véritablement enflammé le Ca’ de Bezzi.
Cette musique toute en rondeurs et en pulsations a fait forte impression auprès des journalistes européen.ne.s présent.e.s à ce festival international. (...)"
"French duo Watchdog opened with keyboardist Anne Quillier’s Minimoog swoops, as Pierre Horckmans’ clarinet notes slid alongside in Ashes; the combination of natural instrument timbres with electronic Fender Rhodes sounds was intriguing. Quillier played grand piano with one hand and the Rhodes with the other, layering repeated rhythmic patterns, like some of Michael Wollny’s work with Tamar Halperin – but with only one Anne Quillier. Horchmans opened Blind Drunk with percussively tongued bass clarinet, and the primal, deep bubbling notes echoed the Fender Rhodes bass beats. A little overblowing brought a rock intensity to his bluesy solo, while Quillier’s gentle vocal lines added another texture. The clarinet drawled bluesily over two chords in 5/8 with impish energy, while Quillier’s jazz solo on grand piano twined intricately with the Fender Rhodes chords and simple clarinet lines. Another piece had a folkish melody, skipping across the beat with a little klezmer. Waves pulsed darkly, and clarinet harmonised electronically with itself, the whole rocking to a conclusion. Another used musical box tones and fluttering arpeggios; the next veered between classical and rock vibes, while the bass clarinet solo was full of dark fire. Pile of Scrap’s prog jazz feel growled with clarinet overtones. The varied timbres, patterns and solos combined to draw you in and keep you mesmerised."
"(...) Les mélanges de sons emportent un public attentif et séduit par cette musique.
(...) Autant d'instants de grâce entre les deux musiciens. Leur musique est étonnante, réconfortante, séduisante...
"Les coups de coeur de Fara C.
These improvisers and painters of unspeakable, generate a striking sideral pallet, with an amazing musical coherence. (...)"
"Can of Worms is highly recommended for anyone who finds beauty and creativity in the madness of consciously rushing straight into the wall. And adventurous music. Close to jazz because the compositions are above all instrumental and give the beautiful part to improvisation. Close to pop for nude and singing melodies. And close to rock and punk for a taste of skipping uncensored and progressive. It is a music that explores dark areas, pierces them and leads to calm and full waves. Cape to catharsis. (...)
Watchdog exercises and thus transmits a therapeutic process of music, which far from being a means of externalizing folded on itself, shares a super powerful energy. (...)
The two instrumentalists have developed mutual listening that is beyond comprehension. (...)"
"Curiosities are like magnets: you can't help but be drawn to them, whether they are dangerous or not. Watchdog is a magnet. On paper, she - Anne Quillier - works with the piano, the Fender Rhodes or the Moog. He, Pierre Horckmans, plays the bass clarinet. Two years after You’re Welcome, their double-act is just as intriguing as ever. In fact, it’s fascinating on this second work, which unveils simple little melodies that they take underground, into the ethers, and into the sky with the help of Adrian' Bourget, their sound engineer, a real artisan who propels their creations into the realm of the spirit. For Can Of Worms, Watchdog evoke such disruptive influences as John Surman, Nik Bärtsch, Philip Glass and several hundred others, but somehow they are still able to find their own style, their own sound. Our explorers alternate between the naïvety of a gentle tune and the madness of an electric tsunami. A suppleness which renders their project even more unique. Surprising and captivating."
"(...) They have taken the time to find themselves, each on the way of touring and sometimes different projects, they enrich themselves with work, meetings, exchanges, and find this good old 'watchdog' which sees them grow in their natural intimacy, strength and elegance, accuracy and presence. Strongly the next!"
"A magic cohesion, an undeniable symbiosis, the Watchdog duo released one of the most memorable albums of 2017.
"There’s a captivating quality to this fun session from the duo Watchdog. Clarinetist Pierre Horckmans and pianist Anne Quillier create a hazy environment where melodies appear warped and wobbly and out of focus. The duo exploits those qualities to amplify the harmonic effects, and this is where the real fun begins. Quillier mixes in some moog and Fender Rhodes, which adds an element of the organic and electronic battling it out within all of that hazy expressionism. Something a little different, to be sure."
"The Watchdog album "Can of Worms", a most intriguing musical UFO released on October 13, 2017!
For their second album, the Watchdog duo brings their musical research and proposes ten original musical pieces. They take the listener into new worlds with strange atmospheres, melodic "Beerman in Beremen", dissonant "Intro", glaucous "Can of Worms", mixing acoustic and electronic sounds.
A must for curious people who like to be surprised and disturbed."
"At the beginning of 2016 the first disc of this duet ( "You're Welcome") had aroused an admiring interest. The interest (and the admiration) are confirmed with this new opus (...)"
"Anne Quillier is in Action Jazz Magazine : http://fr.calameo.com/read/00289603908fe76fb9f12"
"Vigilance is a necessity and WatchDog ensures that our society does not hinder the freedom to create, to imagine today's music so that tomorrow is more open, brighter. (...) Do not miss them and, in any case, do not miss this album: it deserves your listening and your support!"
"This album creates right ahead a state of dreaming, not like a boring afternoon, but the one with bubbling blood in your veines. Running emotions disorientated till they explode full of passion. Never to miss!"
"Watchdog cultivates a wide search for nuances, textures and timbres through this admirable and judicious "mixture of strident electricity and the softness of acoustic vibration". Thus, one easily passes electric and saturated pieces to the complete sketch, without any effect. It's addictive and exciting."
"Interview du groupe WATCHDOG par JP Gambier le 20 juillet 2017 au festival Jazz à Junas.
Pour le webzine [www.clap.coop] et le magazine mensuel radio [Caravan] :
Jean Paul Gambier
"Watchdog is a fusion duo that ignores musical conventions, appropriates sounds to make notes and gently mocks uses to keep only the ardor of a jazz electrified and electrifying.
We note at the outset the complicity between Anne Quiller (Fender Rhodes, Piano and Moog) and Pierre Horckmans (bass clarinet, viola and Bb). Their universe is both dark and intriguing, strung together like a good thriller whose soundtrack gives rhythm and argument and shapes complex characters."
"It is an impression of power that develops Watchdog, from the first notes, a power that is not due to the sound volume, but the quality of the musical construction and melodic and rhythmic assemblages. It is a music that invents constantly while keeping the line of a strong and contrasted, perfectly readable between the lines. It is a question of highlighting the anxieties and the interrogations of the current times, it is necessary to catch them and to transmit them, without overbidding sensationalist, a huge dose of sensitivity, a lot of humility and a fundamental honesty. All qualities that Pierre Horckmans and Anne Quillier seem undoubtedly to possess.
The musicians could play with their eyes closed as the osmosis is perfect. Strong emotions throughout the set for levitating listeners."
"A universe without concessions, with rich complexity, which opens doors and upsets habits, sometimes evoking a mutant Soft Machine, integrating effects loops and pedals, repetitive or noisy music, dissonances and saturation, for a sound indisputably personal, far from the laborious 'revisitations'."
"Anne Quillier était à la Une de Citizen Jazz à l'occasion de la sortie du 2ème album de son 6tet: DUSTY SHELTERS
Vous pouvez retrouver ici une interview réalisée en novembre :
"Anne Quiller est de ces artistes qui multiplient les collaborations et les projets. La pianiste officie dans Blast, Watchdog, Asylon Terra, Saint Sadrill, No Mad ?, et bien entendu dans le Anne Quillier sextet. C’est cette formation qui sort son deuxième album en ce début d’année déjà bien rempli. L’occasion de discuter de ce disque, des autres projets, du Collectif Pince-Oreilles,
et de ce qu’implique être musicien professionnel dans un monde en pleine mutation, à la recherche de solutions alternatives."
Les projets pour 2017 ?
"Oui, plusieurs choses sont à venir ! Watchdog enregistre en juillet, Blast en septembre, et Romain Barret en février avec son trio et deux invités, Florent Brique et Eric Prost. Le Gregory Sallet Quintet a enregistré en novembre, l’album doit sortir en avril."
Tout l'article ici : https://www.citizenjazz.com/Anne-Quillier-3474252.html
par Raphaël Benoit // Publié le 14 mai 2017"
"À 18 h 30, Watchdog, le quatrième groupe bénéficiant du dispositif Jazz Migration, a investi la salle Vitez. Des sons très électriques ou électroniques, ils le revendiquent, mais pas seulement. Le vrai watchdog, la sentinelle, ce sont les deux musiciens, Anne Quillier au piano et au Moog, et Pierre Horckmans aux clarinettes. Paradoxe qui fait tout l’intérêt, toute la beauté de cette musique. La touche sur les claviers, la voix, le souffle dans les clarinettes apportent un lyrisme tout à fait émouvant. Les machines donnent de la profondeur à ces mélodies bien construites, une consistance, une épaisseur qui fait le son du duo. Une magnifique expérience évocatrice d’images, une musique au fond très savante dans un enrobage qui paraît très simple. Longue vie à Watchdog."
"This is a a clarinet + piano/keyboards duo which takes its name from increasing use of electronic devices for purposes of surveillance. Appropriately Anne Quiller played just keyboards at the showcase in contrast to the CD where she plays piano on two of the tracks. I found the interaction between Anne on keys and Pierre Horckmans on clarinets, including the regular clarinet, the bass clarinet and the lovely sounding alto clarinet, very integrated and generative of some very interesting and attractive textures. This was for me the most successful of the four bands. They were nominated by the Periscope Club in Lyon run by Pierre Dugelay of which I have written in the past; they are also members of the Pince Oreilles collective based in the Lyon area."
"The sound work and effects (not too strong) give the musical choices of the duo an originality that immediately seizes the listeners and then gradually embark on the intricacies of an inventive music and beautiful because current! The torments of our contemporary world are diverted (and this is the class of this duet) in the service of a sound poetry that must be grasped and accepted. Watchdog, Three Monkeys, Last Dreamers are the emblematic titles of their latest album (revelation Jazz Magazine and elected Citizen Jazz) taken here in concert. Do not shut up on ourselves, listen to the sounds of the world and do not be afraid to tell us this dog that looks at us! Listen and schedule urgently!"
Jean Louis Rossi et photos Michel Blecic
"With a sometimes grunge sound, Anne Quillier and Pierre Horckmans display explosives complicity and art of the interplay.
As if John Surman and Nik Bärtsch where playing Radiohead!"
"WATCHDOG était sur Déclectic jazz pour la présentation de Jazz à Vienne.
(de 1h05' à 1h09'45'')
"ELECTED CITIZEN JAZZ
Continuing its excellent tradition, Daybreak by the Anne Quillier sextet and Madness Is The Emergency Exit by the Blast trio , both paid tribute to, in our reviews, the keyboard player is back in a duo with Pierre Horckmans (who is also a member of the Sextet and Blast), for this first album entitled Watchdog. It is the opportunity to continue exploring their unique ever-magnificent world, backed by a rare writing talent.
The sensation of extreme skill and control is present when listening to both of the above mentioned recordings, which, as ever, never detracts from, or limits the liberty and expression. Likewise, the brevity of the album itself, as well as the pieces intensifies the impact of the music.
The precision and rhythmic complexity which were one of the trademarks of both the Sextet and of Blast still work their magic here, confirming what one had already felt. Anne Quillier and Pierre Horckmans are the beating heart of these three groups.Their harmony is remarkable from every angle.
Quillier and Horckmans share the compositions but as a whole the album is very consistent. Both have a talent for writing melodies that take your memory by storm while offering sophisticated music which is rhythmically rich, reinforced by the magnificent tone of the piano and clarinets. Fender and Moog provide the wild, raw, industrial aspect which enriches the palette of tone. Whatchdog’s music is meant to represent our contemporary society. It is above all, exciting and addictive, reflecting the multifaceted universe of these two artists."
"REVELATION JAZZ MAGAZINE
Its structure is original as is the duo made up of Anne Quillier and Pierre Horckmans , especially in its approach.
The six short pieces in this first album are astonishing in their variety of tone which ranges from sombre to light, multiplying the sound textures and rhythmic patterns and cleverly combining written music with improvisation.
The element of surprise is both refreshing and captivating."
"« You’re welcome » is the disc' title, which well defines this brilliant and creative music, catching with accuracy the anxiety of our times as well as its rised up questions."
Thierry Giard et Yves Dorison
"(...) Les deux musiciens jouent avec brio des différentes combinaisons possibles de leurs instruments. Pierre y ajoute quelques effets toujours bien choisis qui viennent enrichir une palette sonore déjà très large, du velouté au grinçant, du diaphane au lyrique. Anne installe des ambiances avec un sens aigu du rythme et nous enchante avec toute la variété des sons extraordinaires de ses claviers, quand elle ne se lance pas dans une improvisation volubile. La clarinette si bémol est souvent tendre dans le médium-grave, mais sait aussi se faire plus virtuose dans les moments improvisés.
La clarinette basse tour à tour chante dans son registre suraigu aux couleurs particulières, devient percussive en slap ou grogne dans un extrême grave démultiplié par un octaver et qui se fond dans les basses du Moog.
D’un morceau à l’autre, les ambiances changent mais le groupe a une pâte sonore qui lui est propre et qui crée un lien fort entre toutes les compositions.(...)"
"For a two-people band, the register of tones, sounds, opposite or nested vibrations is incredibly miscellaneous, and each listening reveals a new discovery."
"From the begining, the appeal obtrudes and does not weaken. Pieces are brief, style is mastered, musical choices are ambitious, yet music radiates a joyful freedom..."
"(...) One will appreciate the originality of the formation and the various sound possibilities which it offers, that is to serve as the very pleasant melody lines, sometimes stargazers, sometimes put rhythm into, or to create musical atmosphere more distressing, with the image of the complexity of our current world. (...)
Watchdog is thus a duet to be followed, in particular for in love ones with the clarinet in all its forms. (...)"