Idir & Johnny Clegg a capella
on Télérama and Là-bas si j'y suis

On the occasion of the death of the Kabyle singer Idir, Là-bas si j'y suis chooses the film directed by Jean-Jacques Birgé in 1993 (among Vis à Vis series imagined by Patrice Barrat). At the beginning of April Télérama magazine had also chosen the film for containment!
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Next in Klanggalerie series of reissues from French avant collective Un Drame Musical Instantané here is the band's fifth album 1984’s L'Homme À La Caméra. It finds the collective deepening & expanding both their dissonant modern classic & the more bizarre theatrical leanings, yet still keeping alive their general avant genre-mixing & matching. Also featured on this reissue is a second never released album La Glace A Trois Faces- all bringing this new releases runtime up to seventy-six minutes.
This CD is the third reissue of the band's work from the label, and before this, we had the band 1980’s debut Rideau! & it’s 1982 follow-up À Travail Égal Salaire Égal.  This recent reissue is presented a glossy red, grey & black color schemed mini gatefold- this takes in a list of albums impressive sonic line, full credits, and shape/ collage-based artwork. I’m not sure about the pressing of this, but I’d imagine it’s not huge- so if you enjoyed the other Un Drame Musical Instantané albums, act sooner than later!
The bands centered around Jean-Jacques Birgé, Bernard Vitet, & Francis Gorgé- and for each of the albums, they are joined by twelve other musicians playing a mix of classical & non-classical wind instrumentation, violins/ cellos/ viola, and various percussive based instrumentation. The first album here is the group's 1984 album L'Homme À La Caméra- it takes in eleven pieces in all, with the key members taking on the following tasks- Birgé conductor, synth, tapes, flutes, piano, jew harp & vocals. Vitet- conductor, trumpet, flute & Vocals. And Gorgé- Conductor, guitar, and variable.  Though the album is broken up into eleven tracks- it feels much more of a flowing & developing single-track album- as the fifteen strong project dart all over the place. It would foolish/ madness to try & chart/ review everything here, as it really does shift all over the place- but here’s a little idea of what we get.  We begin with “Ouverture À L'Iris” this opens in the very dissonant and clashing manner with manic sawing string, dramatic crashing-at-times-stumbling percussion, and baying horn work- fairly soon this works it’s self up into a noise crescendo. Next we drop into a pared-back & moody blend of wavering flute harmonics, scuttling percussion, and awkward string twangs & plays which are fairly soon joined by a selection guttural mouth sounds. Before drifting into a blend wailing female harmonizing,brooding horn wonders meet grim string swoon, & what sounds like seagulls, before shifting in its last-minute into thick darts of off-key jazz organ. By the album, midpoint we come to “Consinus” and here we find a collision of what sounds like bright orchestratal comedy music, spiraling bright electronics, weird theatrical chatter & male/ female call receive, and wondering horn. The albums final track "Le Spectacle Est Dans La Salle" attempts to bring together playful jazz flute, brooding male choirs, weird snoring & creaks, and sudden darts of disconnected orchestrate & angular rock stylings. L'Homme À La Caméra is a bizarre, wholly unpredictable, and largely enjoyable music journey.
The second half of the CD is taken up by the eight tracks of unreleased album La Glace A Trois Faces- and once again this is orchestrate based, but jumps all over the place genre-wise- though maybe not as much as the first release. We go from the trad Jazz meets playful Avant jazz of  “Bohème”, onto the clear strumming guitar meets wondering horn & awkward sing-song vocals “L'Invitation Au Voyage”, through to simmering dissonant blend of multi piping/ sawing orchestrate, banging keys, and brooding wind sounds of the final track "Perfect Crimes".
In all this is a great double-headed sonic adventure of a release that is prime perfect for those who enjoy there Avant-grade genre mixed, unpredictable & daring. I very much look forward to the next Un Drame Musical Instantané reissue from Klanggalerie.

Omni-Vermille music is online

Music for the generative 6-screen installation by Anne-Sarah Le Meur created at ZKM (Center for Arts and Media Karlsruhe, Germany) and exhibited from March 11 to April 26 2020. You can see the 4x18m installation from outside the building.

First CD reissue of L'homme à la caméra

Austrian label Klanggalerie goes on reissueing CDs from the LPs by Un Drame Musical Instantané or GRRR unissued records. After Rideau ! and À travail égal salaire égal, L'homme à la caméra is the third album by Un Drame Musical Instantané to be issued for the first time as a CD. New graphic design by Étienne Mineur, new master and an extraordinary 30 minutes bonus of the score of La glace à trois faces by Jean Epstein recorded live with their big band on January 11 1984. But, as for L'homme à la caméra by Dziga Vertov also recorded live with 15 mlusiciens on January 14 1983, the album offers to discover the music by itself, without the images... See French blog !
Price: € 17,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping on the site of Klanggalerie

New album online with
Nicholas Christenson and Jean-Brice Godet


Duck Soup features 12 instantaneous compositions played by trio Jean-Jacques Birgé (keyboards, electronic and acoustic instruments), Jean-Brice Godet (bass clarinet, clarinet, cassettes) and Nicholas Christenson (double bass, baby cello) and recorded on December 18 2019.
One after another the musicians have chosen an artwork by Roger Ballen as the theme for their collective improvisation.
It's the 81th album on GRRR Records which is free to listen or download, just here!


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