A shamanic journey in Tazartès's universe.
Ghédalia Tazartès is known for its world mixing
styles, languages, concrete sounds. He is a kind of shaman who leads us,
guides us in incredible worlds. He made nearly twenty solo albums, all
recorded in the same room since 1974.
This album is a command that Bisou records did to Ghédalia Tazartès. Each side has a unique piece. On La Bar Mitzvah du chien
can be heard in different characters, a rabbi singing in an invented
language, a shaman bewitched, a politician in empty talk, all these
characters are accompanied by percussion, cellos, choirs children he has
arranged a long series.
Bisou wanted a record in connection with children; on Do not Cry For Me, Mama
he uses toy instruments, tells a story like a child can do it, alone in
his room, singing loudly a looped song above a record. He even involve
his son Lalo on recording.
For the cover, there are no side A or side B strictly speaking. So there are two potential covers
for this album: that of « Do not Cry For Me, Mama" which is
a drawing by Lalo Tazartès, and that of "La Bar Mitzvah du
chien", a photo of a naked man (Quentin Rollet
), on all fours, the "dog", made by
film cinematographer Yannick Ressigeac.
French cult artist with an uncompromising character who defied categorization, Ghédalia Tazartès (1947-2021) recorded alone more than 20 albums, calling his Art "Impromuz" for lack of a better term. Before the years 2000s, his public appearances remained exceptional events. Ghédalia Tazartès' music has always been a mystery. It switches from musique concrète to - existing or invented - ethnic music, from poetry to noise, or from loops and collages to sad and extremely beautiful tunes in a second, but it constantly is in flux and coherent. In 2004, Ghedalia finally decided to do live performances again. He first worked with other musicians (Les Reines d'Angleterre, David Fenech & Jac Berrocal
& Black Sifichi, Nicolas Lelièvre) then went solo for ten years. Since then Tazartes has played many shows across Europe including a show in the Patti Smith exhibition at Fondation Cartier in Paris and a cinemix to the "Haxan" silent movie in 2008. In 2018 Ghedalia decided to stop playing solo and to collaborate with other musicians again: Maya Dunietz, Rhys Chatham
, Chris Corsano and Dennis Tyfus, Quentin Rollet
and Jérôme Lorichon.