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Kuumuudessa (19.11.2012 23:46)

The espérou is an odd percussion instrument created expressly to realize the `Cinq
pieces`. Percussionist Francoise Rivalland and cellist Elena Andreyev collaborated with
Sylvian Ravasse on a zither-like contraption with metal rods which, when pushed into its
wooden body, cause sympathetic strings to vibrate. (They can also be bowed or plucked.)
Rivalland characterizes the instrument as a `sick cello.` It whistles and whines like a
squeaky door complementing the cellos harmonics.
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