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The Le Boeuf Brothers' new album was released on Sept. 20 in digital format and will be released Oct. 18 on iTunes and CD format. - Photo by Adria Le Boeuf

Le Boeuf Brothers reinvent modern jazz

The Le Boeuf Brothers' new album, "In Praise of Shadows," marries modern jazz and indie rock in an electric, cinematic style reminiscent of Radiohead. As part of the Siskiyou Institute's fall concert series, the New York-based identical twin brothers Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf (on saxophone and piano, respectively), along with drummer Peter Kronreif and bassist Martin Nevin, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent.

The new album, released in digital format Sept. 20, is more textured than their 2009 album, "House Without a Door." The latter album explored harmonies, odd time signatures and complex rhythms within the modern jazz realm. The New York Times called their debut release "an impressively self-assured new album ... which reaches for the gleaming cosmopolitanism of our present era."

After the initial recording of "In Praise of Shadows," Remy and Pascal continued to shape their compositions using various production and layering techniques and sound collages. Remy took what he knew about classical composition and rearranged and orchestrated the pieces to include bass clarinet and a string quartet. Meanwhile, Pascal, with some help from Remy, saw to the electronic production of the album.

"We would go into the studio and record and take the raw files from the studio, dissect them, recompose them, put effects and delays on them and flip things backwards," says Remy.

One song, "Everything You Love," is literally a collage of sound clips from several of the other songs on the album.

In most cases you compose, learn the material and record, but here we composed, rehearsed, recorded, arranged, rerecorded and produced, Remy explains.

"It feels good to be doing something a little different," he says. "It gives us a sense of child-like discovery, because we're on the edge of what we know."

The album contains an entirely original repertoire, and all but two songs are instrumental. Featured musicians include Mike Ruby on tenor saxophone, Nir Felder on guitar, Linda Oh on bass, Henry Cole on drums and the Myth String Quartet.

"Our music has a lot of intellectual elements that go into the process, but it remains very accessible to our listeners," says Remy.

Remy and Pascal attended the Manhattan School of Music. Between semesters, Pascal also studied electronic music production at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

"We've been making music together since we were 12, and now we're 25," says Remy. "We grew up with the same values, genetics and conditions. We end up thinking in a very similar way. It helps us when we're communicating on stage during live performances."

The Le Boeuf Brothers Quartet started its CD release tour in late September and will end the tour in late October in New York.

Tickets to the show at Paschal Winery cost $15, $10 for members of the Siskiyou Institute. Call 541-488-3869 or email info@siskiyouinstitute.com.

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