Ghédalia Tazartès live 2008

01 Part I (5:30)
02 Part II (9:52)
03 Part III (9:05)
04 Part IV [René Daumal] (7:38)

Total time 32:00
Live recording (minidisc), Paris, Fondation Cartier, April 7th, 2008

Ghédalia Tazartès: vocals, accordion, objects & CDs
Nicolas Lelièvre: percussion, table top guitar, organ & noise

More a ceremony than a concert proper, this is nonetheless a rare opportunity to witness french demiurge Ghédalia Tazartès in a rare live appearance (hey, do I start writing like Mutant Sounds or what?). He’s pairing with drummer and multi-instrumentist Nicolas Lelièvre, known for his theater incidental music – in short, a Tazartès colleague. This is not the complete show: neither the performance nor my recording being faultless, I’ve been editing my favorite passages to share with you today. The performance is centered around Tazartès’ vocals, wether his own invented language or poetry reading from René Daumal (on track #4, a poem familiar from his 1990 ‘Check Point Charlie’ CD on AYAA), even extending to overtone singing on track #2. Other instruments include percussion and accordion. Though this recording is definitely not a good introduction to Tazartès, I still love the opening track on sparse, gloomy accordion ; the whistlings ; the raucous vocals ; the intense poetry reading.


8 Responses to “Ghédalia Tazartès live 2008”

  1. 1 ayaaah September 26, 2008 at 9:09 pm


    thanks for sharing the music. i was there in the room also. i didn’t like the way nicolas lelievre played with the master (tazartes) as he tended to overwhelm and make more noise than him… which was not a proof of listening. still, there were great vocal moments from time to time…

  2. 2 continuo September 26, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    I agree with you. The fact is Lelièvre comes from another realm of music which is not shamanistic nor experimental nor musique concrète. Though probably a good showman, he just doesn’t quite match Tazartès’ unique sound world.

  3. 3 mrsblucher October 10, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    wonderful .. hope someone posts a recording of his performance at .. it WAS recorded because i watched someone plug into the sounddesk! thankyou i’ve just come across your blog

  4. 4 continuo October 11, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Hopefully another Tazartès live recording will come up one day. Thanks for visiting+commenting. Glad you enjoyed this post.

  5. 5 OSKAR October 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I’m not agree.The idea was not Tazartès with a “sideman” but the meeting of two powerful artists each with a very particular approach.

  6. 6 continuo October 14, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Forgive us, Oskar, but we are basicaly Tazartès fans. Indeed the 2 have a different approach, maybe just too different. Thanks for your comment.

  7. 7 rod warner November 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    thanks for this – I saw Tazartès at a festival in Brighton (UK) in September and thought he stole the show! Brilliant guy…

  8. 8 continuo November 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Glad you saw him on a good day.

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