Tamia & Pierre Favre ‘De la nuit… le jour’

01 Ballade (7:53)
02 Wood Song (8:02)
03 Maroua (4:59)
04 De la nuit . . . le jour (7:51)
05 Mit Sang und Klang (6:52)
06 Yemanjá (7:12)
Total time: 42:44
Recorded 1987. ECM records, 1988.

Swiss drummer Pierre Favre met french one of a kind singer Tamia during the 1972 Chateauvallon jazz music festival in France and the ensuing Michel Portal LP. The pair made 3 albums as a duo and took part in 2 further collective albums (see discography below). A striking aspect in this CD is the awesome tonalities the drummer is getting from his drum-kit, from subtle gamelan parts to mysterious bell chimes. On several tracks, Favre is making extensive use of his gongs and cymbals, to the point of sounding electronic at times (tr.#6). Tamia’s wordless/invented language is meant to let her vocal range wander freely from muttered oneiric complaints to cute erotic utterances, from distant longing murmurs to tribal african chanting, sometimes augmented by rerecording (tr.#3). Comparisons with contemporary american singers doesn’t seem obvious to me, whereas I’m hearing echoes from Debussy’s Pelleas & Mélisande (an opera dealing with shades and water themes) and african ethnic elements. Additionaly, there’s a concern with tonality and pitch in this music which is a traditional feature of french or japanese music. Note: in April 2008, fellow blogger Locales For Ecstasy posted an undated solo Tamia LP, possibly from the 1970s.


  • ‘Blues for Pedro Arcanjo’, Gemini (Tamia, Pierre Favre) 1983
  • ‘De la Nuit … Le Jour’, ECM (Tamia, Pierre Favre) 1987
  • ‘Solitudes’, ECM (Tamia, Pierre Favre) 1991
  • ‘Michel Portal unit à Chateauvallon’, Le Chant Du Monde (with Michel Portal, Bernard Vitet, Beb Guerin, Léon Francioli, Tamia, Pierre Favre) 1972
  • ‘Anninnia’, Ismez Polis Music (with Lauren Newton, Lucilla Galeazzi, Norma Winstone, Tamia, Lindsay Cooper, Paolo Fresu, Gianluigi Troveso, Paul Rutherford, John Taylor, Claude Barthelemy, Paolo Damiani, Pierre Favre) 1985


24 Responses to “Tamia & Pierre Favre ‘De la nuit… le jour’”

  1. 1 Lucky April 21, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Continuo – I don’t know how much you’ve been involved the presentation of Tellus #15 at Ubuweb – but since you’ve been mentioned there as conjunctionist, I drop you a big THANK YOU here. I’ve been looking for this one for ages – with no success, of course.

  2. 2 continuo April 21, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Well, actually I took no part in issue #15 proper. But I receive your message as a thank you for what I’ve done and will be doing for the resurrection of Tellus, started here November 2007 and taken up at Ubuweb late December 2007.

  3. 3 gamilan May 7, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    ‘Blues for Pedro Arcanjo’, Gemini (Tamia, Pierre Favre) [date?]

    I have this on LP, it is from 1983 on ‘T Records’. I Can grab it if you’d want to listen…

  4. 4 continuo May 7, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Gamilan, I’d sure love to listen to ‘Blues for Pedro Arcanjo’ and possibly post it here. If you would be nice enough to send mp3s of this LP, readers of this blog would be delighted. Thanks for the info, anyway.

  5. 5 gamilan May 15, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    Blues For Pedro Arcanjo

    1. Traumbaum 6:59
    2. Ceux du Soleil 4:31
    3. Noon Moon 4:25
    4. Poco a Poco 5:18

    5. Chant d’Exil 7:51
    6. Blues for Pedro Arcanjo 7:27
    7. Sommeil de Pierre 2:33

    © 1983 T Records / T-Gem 1003 / LP / 39:07
    320 kbps lame q2

    you can still find some copies at musicstack for $ 97-452

    pw: pedroa

  6. 6 continuo May 15, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much, Gamilan. I’m listening to the LP right know, and it’s wonderful – plus you did a great job digitizing the music, the high pitch vocals are crystal clear. I might publish this as a regular post later on Continuo. If you feel like contributing further unusual music to this blog, you’re welcomed. Reach me at:
    teepeesfrp [at] yahoo [dot] fr

  7. 7 gamilan May 17, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Continuo, thanks for an offer to became a contributor. I’m quite busy to promise a regular support, so I’d rather stay with dropping something in comment occasionally…

    Tamia – Tamia (1st album?) to be downloaded here:


    Reed comments for info.

    Great work!

    Anybody seen ‘Senza Tempo’, her 2nd album?

  8. 8 Dave M August 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    “Anybody seen ‘Senza Tempo’, her 2nd album?”

    I’ve *seen* it, but that doesn’t help us, I guess. I may have a cassette dub of a used LP somewhere. As I remember, it’s similar to the first one (that’s good).

  9. 9 Michael B September 27, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Hey thanks for this! Both ECM tiles are still available on CD or from itunes. ‘De la nuit’ is one of my favorite recordings of all time. The music is quite amazing. ‘Blues for Pedro Arcanjo’ is a bit edgier, rougher, and I find it just as good, in a different way than the crystaline ECM recordings.

    I was fortunate enough to have interviewed Pierre Favre back in 1993 and we talked about the Tamia/Pierre recordings. The interview is in the November 1993 issue of MODERN DRUMMER magazine.

    Tamia & Pierre did a tour of the States in 1989 (?), I believe it was 7-10 dates. It would be great to find a live recording of that! Unfortunately, the duo broke up when they divorced.

    Thanks for the link to Tamia’s LP. I’m also looking for a copy of her ‘Le Chantes De La Terre’ CD if anyone has a source.

  10. 10 continuo September 28, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for your comment, Michael. Can’t help you with ‘Chants De La Terre’, but Continuo’s readers are sometimes surprisingly resourceful. Wait and see…

  11. 11 rupnik January 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    hola – the “chants de la terre” is probably not form the Frnech singer TAMIA (linked to Pierre Favre) but from the younger US/CANADIAN R&B singer TAMIA – at least AMG states that album with her (see http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=TAMIA&sql=11:fzfexq9gldke~T2). If it is not, the Record is at least available in France (but from Universal which hints again to probably its more the R&B direction).

    Many thanks for sharing the info about the first album of her. Didnt know that existed. Saw them live (Leipzig) but not sure whether someone did do some recording at that time.

  12. 12 rupnik January 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    might be the mix-up comes from there being a release LE CHANT DU MONDE by Michel Portal (where the french TAMIA appeared) and CHANTS DE LA TERRE, the R&B one …

  13. 13 continuo January 3, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Rupnik. I don’t have additional info on ‘Chants De La Terre’, though the title in french refers to Gustav Mahler’s ‘The Song of the Earth’. Probably not a reference for a R&B sexy singer. My other Tamia post is here.

  14. 14 Michael B January 5, 2009 at 7:03 am

    Rupnik – I have seen scans for the covers & info for ‘Le Chantes De La Terre’ and it is most definitely by the French singer Tamia – NOT the American R&B singer Tamia. It’s a shame that they often get mixed up on the web by unknowing people. AMG is not always a reliable source of info.

  15. 15 bambinisimo October 28, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Hi and thanks for the postings specially blues for pedro arcanjo which i have been looking forever!!! merci bien. I love Tamia and Pierre Favre they did amazing music together. Just so you know they did a last album together “Solitudes” released by ECM and available in itunes!!! yay as well as de la nuit le jour. I have a copy of both chants de la terre(which is a double cd w one of the discs bein remixes) and Senza tempo too. I will be willing to share them because they are out of print and impossible to find and I think they deserve to be listened to! i really hope Tamia Valmont makes more music along with Sussan Deyhim and Lisa Gerrard(not the movie soundtracks though) Yma Sumac, Amelia Cuni and Sainkho , Tamia is one of my favorite singers. I have yet to figure out how to download and share im pretty new to this so be patient. Thanks again!

  16. 16 continuo October 28, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Bambinisimo. Your offer of ‘Chants de la Terre’ and ‘Senza Tempo’ is mouthwatering and would please many of my readers. Hope you can eventually find a way to upload them! Thanks for dropping by.

  17. 17 bambinisimo November 11, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Thank you Continuo i really loved the first collaboration between Pierre and Tamia and the first Tamia link really great stuff thanks again. I do want to upload these two well 3 albums but haven’t figured it out yet if you or anyone have suggestions i’ll appreciate it since i am not a computer person this is very hard for me although i think it’s probably a very simple process and i really want to share these two albums sincethey’re out of print and impossible to find. Cheers!

  18. 18 mehran farahmand December 9, 2009 at 4:49 am

    i have multiple copies of the CD and the vinyl…i will buy more of the same vinyl recording if i see…this is such a great piece..love both pierre and tamia…i wish new ecm series still made albums…
    i was in paris a couple of months ago and found the “blues….” at croco disc…i buy any of the tamia and pierre favre albums anyone is willing to sell …many thanks for your posting and the discography information.
    i am in touch with pierre favre…does anyone know what tamia is up to these days? thanks for your reply and any additional information. mehran

  19. 19 continuo December 9, 2009 at 7:23 am

    It seems Tamia has very dedicated fans. Thanks for your comment.

  20. 20 poseur April 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    anyone rips ‘senza tempo’ :-?

  21. 21 mehran farahmand April 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i have senza tempo in album (LP)…have not had a chance to listen to it yet…i will.
    doing an ebay search i have found “de la nuit…le jour” up to $120 in CD!!! So, i just ordered 10 copies of the CD for my personal use from Germany at about $20 some a piece!!!
    It has happened too often to me that i have given a favorite CD or album to someone as a gift and not been able to replace this…this time, i am not taking a chance :)

  22. 22 bambinisimo July 15, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Hi Continuo this is Bambinisimo, here are the files for both : ‘Senza Tempo’ and ‘Les Chants de la Terre+remixes’ of that same album, as promised here they are. P.S: i am only sharing these because they are no longer available anywhere and those reselling them are selling very high unreasonable prices that unfortunately won’t go to the artists : ( voila enjoy them i wish Tamia made more music…ciao



  23. 23 continuo July 15, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Thank you. I’m trying Chants de la Terre, which I’ve never heard.

  24. 24 bambinisimo August 7, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    you’re welcome, I love the remixes too really beautiful stuff i wish she makes more music soon…

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