Pascal Comelade, live 1990

Ouka Leele

Recorded on a portable cassette recorder during Pascal Comelade & Bel Canto Orchestra’s concert in Allonnes, near Le Mans, France, on Sep. 2, 1990.

I can’t remember who was on stage this day. I’m just guessing, then. Comelade is on grand piano & toy piano. The 5 or 6 musicians enter one by one with each song. I’m pretty sure Pierre Bastien was there, playing one of his square, painted cellos. I remember a tall beautiful girl with red hair, maybe on accordion (so it wasn’t Cathy Claret, a longtime Comelade associate). Mandoline, melodica, assorted percussion, classical guitar & toy guitar complete the set up – Armand Niralles? Christophe Darmante? Laurent Churet? J.A. Achille?

The picture I chosed is a photo taken by Ceesepe in 1979, ‘Ouka Leele en Montjuith’ from his official website. One of Ceesepe’s paintings made it to the cover of ‘El Primitivismo’, my favorite Comelade LP. As for the photo, I love the sadness in her look, it suits the music very well. By the way: best music to cry by, ever.

One 53:21mn track, no cue. Grab it before I delete the link!


6 Responses to “Pascal Comelade, live 1990”

  1. 1 cathy December 12, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Eres tu Ceesepe…
    Te mando un saludo…que es de ti?

    puedes pasarte por


  2. 2 continuo December 13, 2007 at 7:56 am

    ¡Hola! Cathy
    Unfortunately, I don’t speak spanish. I was just wondering if you were part of this Pascal Comelade concert in 1990. I think not, but maybe I’m wrong. And do you know who is on the Ceeseepe photo? ‘Ouka Leele’???
    I visited your blog, which is very cute:
    Thanks for visiting. Take care.

  3. 3 dmtls December 19, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    That was a beautiful concert. I admire Comelade’s work but unfortunately it is rather difficult and rare to come by. Thank you very much for sharing.

  4. 4 vespucci May 20, 2008 at 9:29 am

    According to Comelade’s book “Escrites Monophoniques Submergés” which enlists all concerts until 2000, the musicians of the Bel Canto Orquestra were here for the Festival “Les Temps Modernes”:
    Pascal Comelade, Cathy Claret, Samy Surfer, Didier Banon, Gat, Fanfan X, Enric Casasses and Thierry Galletto.

    On the same bill: Napalm Death… ;-)

    Thanks for making this available, continuo!

  5. 5 cachoperro December 13, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Hi continuo. I’ve come to your blog looking for Pascal Comelade recordings and what a nice surprise this has been. ¡Thanks for sharing this! Since you are curious about Ouka Leele, I can tell you that she was a quite famous spanish photographer (well known during the 8os in Spain, at least). Her work is very characteristic and original (b/w photographs colour painted by hand) and you can find a wide selction of her work just googling her name. This is a small sample, a ceesepe portrait, taken from the ceesepe website:

  6. 6 continuo December 13, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks for the info, Cachoperro.

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