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Tunnel Sous La Manche


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Rideau! was Un Drame Musical Instantané's second album, originally released in 1980 on the group's own GRRR label. Since its creation in 1976, featuring Jean-Jacques Birgé, Bernard Vitet and Francis Gorgé, the group has decided to promote collective musical creation, co-signing their albums, which they consider as artworks in themselves, or their live shows which they try to renew every time they play. Un Drame borrowed their sources from rock (synthetizer player Birgé and guitarist Gorgé, both authors of the album, Défense de); jazz (trumpeter Vitet who founded the first free jazz band in France, together with François Tusques, as well as Michel Portal who played with many American and European jazzmen); classical modern music; as well as movies or world news; they were the first in France to give a new impetus to live music on silent films. Birgé and Gorgé also recorded a duo album that was mentioned on the infamous Nurse With Wound list, Défense De. On Rideau, you will hear their wild mix of styles, a very original, unclassifiable, inventive music, which drifts from jazz to electronic music and contemporary music. Remastered in 2016 and with a lot of bonus tracks, amongst them the track that appeared on United Dairies' compilation album "In Fractured Silence" for the first time in its full length! Track list: 1. M'enfin 2. Rideau! 3. La critique 4. Pas besoin d'esperer pour entrependre ni de reussir pour perseverer 5. Tunnel sous la Manche 6. La peur du vide 7. Legitime defense 8. Le directeuer paeira pour ses crimes. Price: € 16,-/copy incl worldwide shipping.

We are talking here of the trio of Jean-Jacques Birgé, Bernard Vitet and Francis Gorgé, indeed a very unique trio. From the beginning they blended jazz, rock, electronics, new music, improvisation, sound, audio-visual into fascinating Gesamtkunstwerk. In a way that has some resemblance with the work of Alfed Harth and Heiner Goebbels, who were operating at the same time. (...) All three members already had their history in the jazz scene of France, especially Bernard Vitet who died in 2013.  As a trio they would become a stabile force for many years. ‘Rideau’ is a perfect start for getting introduced to their idiosyncratic way of assembling influences. They developed their very own world, their own language. Listening after a long time once again to Rideau, the music still talks and sounds far from out-dated. The musicians play a wide variety of instruments. (...) Back then their music sounded very experimental and wild to my ears, now it strikes me this is really full-grown, open and well- balanced music by inventive musicians who had a strong musical intuition and vision.
(Vital Weekly, May 2017)

Avec Rideau, c est un sacré morceau d histoire de la musique électronique francophone et de ses cousines improvisées (terme auquel Jean-Jacques Birgé, l un des auteurs préférera celui de composition instantanée) qui voit le jour pour la première fois en CD. (...) Le disque n est pas que la photo d une époque. Un morceau comme Le tunnel sous la Manche, théâtral sans être emphatique, révèle un propos très intemporel, marqué par la musique contemporaine et les racines zappaïennes de Birgé dans la plupart de ses prises de parole. Et pourtant… Le trio a toujours eu une démarche très proche de l image, si ce n est directement intégrée à celle-ci. Et dès les prémices de l album, on plonge dans une ambiance de documentaire, voire dans un cinéma du réel qui marque sa sécularité sans s y enfermer.
(Citizen Jazz, May 2017)