Irène Schweizer - piano
Maggie Nicols - voice
Joëlle Léandre - bass
1. Oh My Darling (3:49)
2. Come Along, Charles (3:05)
3. Le petit macabre (1:55)
4. L'apràs midi d'une phantaisie (1:23)
5. Hotel Modern (2:52)
6. Free or Fated (1:00)
7. The Cheek of the Devil (2:16)
8. Come Into My Office (2:09)
9. Valse diabolique (2:02)
10. Mme Dubois' tragédie (2:21)
11. Eclat (1:21)
12. Distinguished Lady (3:02)
13. My Mama Told Me (2:11)
14. Gradually Into Anarchy (3:21)
15. Gentle and Strong (6:56)
16. Jour de fête (3:31)
17. Freedom (4:50)
18. Fatal Attraction (1:36)
19. Memories Can Freeze (3:16)
Compositions by Schweizer, Nicols, Léandre.
Recorded at Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris on April 23-24, 1993.
"(...) Schweizer found like minds in progressive English improvisers, vocalist Maggie Nichols and clarinetist Lindsay Cooper. 'Lindsay Cooper came to Z?rich with the Henry Cow group, and she came over to me and asked if I wanted to join an all-women's group. I said 'Oh, but you want to do that in England. I'm living in Z?rich; how will we do it?' She said 'We want to do it internationally; you come to London and then we'll start from there.' So with Maggie and Lindsay and Anne Marie Roelofs from Holland, the trombonist, we started this Feminist Improvising Group. Maggie and Lindsay and me, we were all involved in the women's liberation movement you know. For me it was an experience, because I'd only been playing with men all the time, and there was no woman I could play with until the late 1970s.'
The group disbanded, only to be reformed as Les Diaboliques with Nichols and bassist Joelle L?andre - a very theatrical and wholly improvised trio. 'When the group was dying because everybody had other projects, Joelle came to hear us in Paris. Immediately we had good vibrations and she said 'come on and play.' The first trio was with Annick Nozati, the singer [and filmmaker] who died, and later on we formed this trio with Maggie, Joelle and me. We've toured France, Germany, England and Switzerland quite a lot from the '80s and '90s to today.
'So this group has existed over twenty years now, and for me it's still a challenge! It's completely free, always. You'd have to see it - next year there is a DVD coming out of a live concert. We said we don't want to make another CD - we have three now - so the next album has to be a DVD. People have to see us when we play - it's quite a big item, and it's important that people see us because Maggie is very theatrical and Joelle is as well... I learned it from the Dutch musicians, the ICP people and Misha Mengelberg. We were not as stubborn as the Germans [laughs]!' (...)"