Urban Sax promo DVD


‘Shanghai’, promo DVD-R, no label, no release date (ca 2003-2005).
Total time: 41:39
Mpeg file, 422Mb

Urban Sax is a french saxophone ensemble founded by Gilbert Artman in 1973. At first comprising 8 sax players, it now includes more than 50 saxophones of all types with additional keyboards, drums (Artman is a drummer), vocals, dancers, etc. Their shows are multimedia events involving lighting, costumes, pyrotechnics, etc. Their music is usually a continuous sound (if I am correct, usually in E) passing from one group of players to the next, creating a panoramic effect, intended to interact with the venue where the show is taking place. The Wikipedia page has an apt description of the band.

This home-made DVD-R was probably intended for promotional use while Urban Sax was planning several concerts in China, negotiations starting as early as 2003 and ensuing shows taking place in 2005. The feature film is a retrospective of past Urban Sax events from the 1980s to the 21st century, to show local authorities what it is all about. It starts with archive footage from various european TV channels (with a rather bad image quality, getting much better afterwards). Costumes and stage design are really amazing, even including Michel Moglia’s fire organs (see previous post) at some point.


Download (megaupload).
[I tested the above link and it took me 1½ hour to download the film.
If anyone want me to upload this on any other server, just let me know]


13 Responses to “Urban Sax promo DVD”

  1. 1 vespucci March 7, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Wow, thanks for this one! I do like Urban Sax a lot. Unfortunately most of their releases are out of print and hard to get these days. (If anyone is interested, I could provide a CD rip of “Spiral” by Urban Sax.)

    Urban Sax in Tokyo:

    Last weekend we had a festival here and I had to provide the music in between the concerts. Besides Urban Sax, I also put on Logoplasm and Ujjaya. Both got immediately requested by some people… ;-)

  2. 2 vespucci March 7, 2008 at 10:37 am

    PS: One can still get Pierre Henry & Urban Sax – “Paradise lost” (1982) here:

  3. 3 Adam March 7, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    many many many many thanks!!!

    Great band, amazing video (which luckily didn’t take too long to download for me) = great post. Many many thanks once again (check out their lp with pierre henry, i think it’s on mutant sounds).

  4. 4 david March 7, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you very much for this excellent video! My download speed was much better than yours. Try Send-Large-File server

  5. 5 Jerome March 7, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    yes i hate megathingload. it doesn’t works + they show stupid girls on their page i can’t understand anything at all please use rapidshare i have no problem with them neither with those bitches i mean thanKS

  6. 6 continuo March 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks very much to you all for your kind comments. I’m away from my computer for the week-end and cannot comply to Jerome’s request. I’ll try to reupload the video elsewhere next Monday evening.

  7. 7 p. somniferum March 8, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Thanks Continuo.

  8. 8 continuo March 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Ok, so I did what David suggested and upped the video on Send Large File:
    I didn’t test the link, though. Hope it works. No nudity over there, as far as I can tell.

  9. 9 H.C. Earwicker March 17, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Merci beaucoup for this, continuo. Can’t wait to see it.

    And even more thanks for the awesome Jacques Dudon disc, which I discovered in your archives. It’s wunderbar!

  10. 10 Cordula December 19, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Hi over there,

    any chance to get a copy of this ? I am absolutely mad about this group ! But unfortunately cannot get any of their music on CD or DVD.

    Best regards from Germany,

  11. 11 continuo December 19, 2008 at 8:11 am

    No idea where to get this unofficial release, I’m afraid, Cordula.

  12. 12 Archie Patterson November 21, 2009 at 1:09 am


    A short while back I got word from Urban Sax manager Gilles Ypremain that an official Urban Sax DVD will be released before the end of 2009.

    He gave no specific details, so I’m holding my breath until a copy it arrives.

    Your blog is amazing Continuo! It’s full of info about many great great French artists I have worked with in the past.

    Keep it up!


  13. 13 continuo November 21, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Haven’t heard of an Urban Sax official DVD release. Thanks for your kind words, Archie.

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