Performance @ Mains d'Œuvres January 26 2019

On January 26, Jean-Jacques BIRGÉ plays for performance OSO (Ondes Sur Ondes) with Laurent STOUTZER (guitar) et David COIGNARD (video installation) at Mains d'œuvres, Saint-Ouen during MOFO Frestival.

Unissued CD RENDEZ-VOUS is out!

On Austrian label Klang Galerie, Rendez-vous, gg283
French group Un Drame Musical Instantané was founded in 1976. They present an original, unclassifiable, inventive music, which drifts from jazz to electronic sounds and contemporary music. Klanggalerie has started an extensive re-issue programme with these unqiue avantgarde pioneers which will bring back their classic albums but also side projects like this one. Rendez-Vous was recorded in 1981 but never released. This is what group founder Birgé has to say about the recording: "I met Hélène Sage when she was doing a performance at Espace Palikao in Paris with choreographer Lulla Card Chourlin. She was singing whilst driving an old Mercedes Benz, trying to run over Lulla, and playing double bass on its roof! I proposed her to record some improvisations at Studio GRRR as I've always done with new musicians and as I'm still doing. The connection was so great, as one can hear on this record 37 years later, that I asked her to join the 15-piece orchestra of Un Drame Musical Instantané which had just been founded. She brought some crazy stuff into the group, playing strange instruments she had invented herself. She is a wonderful flute player, but I asked her to play all kinds of instruments and also to sing, leaving her often free to improvise besides the written score. In the next years we both played as a duo and she became the fourth member of the Drame. When I listen to these pieces today, I'm surprised by the high degree of composition, the quality and variety of our inventions. The mix of acoustic and electronic instruments sounds totally contemporary, plus with the energy of youth and the absolute love for innovative forms."
Price: € 17,-/copy incl. worldwide shipping

Chifoumi (Rock-Paper-Scissors)
with Sylvain Rifflet et Sylvain Lemêtre

On December 20th Jean-Jacques Birgé (keyboard, etc.), Sylvain Rifflet (tenor sax) and Sylvain Lemêtre (percussion) have been recorded the last GRRR album for 2018. To choose what they played they used the old Rock-Paper-Scissors game, known in France as Chifoumi. That day was funny and exciting. Next day, the album was already on line, free to listen and download.

Le Centenaire sous la plume de Jean Rochard

Wonderful text by Jean Rochard on natomusic

The 100th Anniversary in The Wire

Article in THE WIRE (Nov. 2018, #417, p.69, Modern Composition by Julian Cowley) :
Parisian Jean-Jacques Birgé has been making records, directing films and running the label Grrr since the mid-1970s. Now, with this exuberant hour-long project, he peers ahead to 2052 and celebrates the centenary of his own birth. A coda, marking his eventual death, has been composed by Sacha Gattino who salutes the playful ness of his friend's creative life, audible in their shared love of toy instruments and everyday sounding objects. A chiming music box, recorded during Birgé's childhood, provides a point of departure for his delirious romp through time. Skilfully crafted montage captures the flavour of each decade. Chanson xith lilting accordion, searing electric guitar or synths and orchestral pomp provide temporal markers, but within each frame a host of sounds are layered and scrambled. Birgé's kaleidoscopic imagination has produced a widly entertaining electroacoustic chronicle, oozing joie de vivre, naturally.

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