Ghedalia Tazartes continues to confound and bewilder, here teamed up with sound artists Pawel Romanczuk and Andrzej Zaleski for an album of bizarre songs and unusual acoustic accompaniment, 10 songs that seem to raise out of the earth spontaneously, in an LP/CD package.
Tazartes, Ghedalia / Pawel Romanczuk / Andrzej Zaleski
Carp's Head [VINYL + CD]
Released in: Poland
"The newest record produced by the group of three - Ghedalia Tazartes, Paweł Romańczuk, and Andrzej Załęski - is the result of only a few meet ups and a shared passion for music that shapes their perspective. The long play was recorded at the Rogalów Analogowy studio in the eastern part of Poland. It's worth noting that the space and surrounding countryside did not influence the sound itself as the record drifts away from the traditions of chamber music. The musicians, together as well as separately, avoid any mainstream influences. Thus, the acoustic record is peaceful, spiritual and presents a wide variety of notions and emotions. The diversified vocal articulation and tone of Tazartes intertwines well with Zaleski's percussive play and Romańczuk's multi-instrumental skills. The rhythmic pulsation is constantly taking new directions, eventually turning into noise at some point. The voice, somehow dramatic, traps the listeners and sends them on a journey through non-existent quasi-stories. Here we are, facing an elusive romantic magician personified by a carp-headed cat."-Monotype
"However broad one's mind and tastes, there will inevitably be some artists who will baffle, bewilder and leave one somewhat dazed. Carp's Head, a collaboration between Ghedalia Tazartes, Pawel Romanczuk, and Andrzej Zaleski is one of those releases. So much so, that my first reaction was one of borderline horror, a recoiling, an internal cry of 'what the hell is this?'
'Danse Inverse' begins with a bleep. Minimal electro? Nope. A grizzled yet semi-operatic yellering starts up, almost simultaneous with a strolling bass, wonkily-played and a woozy accordion. Tazartes whoops and grunts, growls and emotes wildly like a drunken French opera singer impersonating Tom Waits, while the cacophonous musical backing veers and weaves all over. The weirdness only continues and as the album progresses, taking the listener on a bizarre journey around the globe and as observed through the eyes of three madmen.
'You'll Be Wise' comes on like Scott Walker on acid, while the quietly crooning 'Zither Song' is sparse and eerily haunting in a mystical, dream-like way. 'Orient Calling' marks a continental shift in terms of the musical inspirations and influences, a droning sitar accompanies Tazartes' yodelling ululations and low, chesty quaverings. The album's centrepiece is the nine-minute epic 'Wolves and Birds', a bleak and disorientating expanse of dark ambience. The wordless vocalisations convey a sense of lack, of absence, as they float, wailing and disembodied through the sonic wastelands.
There's plenty of weirdness on the other side of the bridge, too, with tweeting, trilling pipe notes and scratchy layers of sound by turns tickling and teasing the listener's senses. Jazz percussion breaks out unexpectedly at various points, bringing an odd and somewhat incongruous swing to proceedings. With its 'Trout Mask' connotations and overt otherness, Carp's Head is many things: it is, in fact, remarkably focused and feels extremely cohesive in its order, less experimental and more built on musical intuition between the players. I'm not sure I recommend it, or if so, to whom, but there's no question that it's interesting or different."-Christopher Nosnibor, auralaggravation.com
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Ghédalia Tazartès was born 1947 in Paris
"French cult artist Ghédalia Tazartès is an uncompromising character who defies categorization. He recorded alone a dozen of albums, calling his way of working "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, Norscq & Black Sifichi, Nicolas Lelièvre) and is now a solo performing artist (although his very young son sometimes joins him on stage!).
Since 2009 Tazartes played many shows across Europe. After performing a cinemix to the strange "Haxan" film in 2008, he presented in February 2013 a new solo show at CTM in Berlin Festival to a packed HAU2. The new show is based around the music of Tazartes' lattest album 'Coda Lunga.' Says Tazartes: 'I thought I had only played for 5 minutes in Berlin... then I realised I had been going on for more than one hour!'"-Julie Tippex Website (http://julietippex.com/roster/ghedalia-tazartes/)
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"Pawel Romanczuk - musician, composer. Since 2006, he works within the field of unusual sounds sources. Romańczuk is a founder of the Polish artistic group Małe Instrumenty with whom he recorded 10 albums. He composed several film soundtracks and collaborated with significant theatre houses. He's also famous for the various instruments, sound and audio installations he builds on his own.
In 2010, he published the first study on the history of the instrument toy piano.
In 2013, he wrote the book "Domowe eksperymenty z instrumentami muzycznymi" that was published together with his band's album "Samorobka". The publication became a guide to the process of creating hand-made and experimental musical instruments. He collaborated with Pierre Bastien, Margaret Leng Tan, Piotr Kurek, Nao Nishihara, Księżyc and Za Siódmą Górą, Cezary Duchnowski, Andrzej Bauer.He conducts workshops, lectures and develops exhibitions on the role of instruments and sound experiments. His music collaboration with Andrzej Załęski and Ghedalia Tazartes started back in 2014; however, he was familiar with their music for quite a time."-Monotype Records (http://monotyperecords.com/monolp018-carps-head/)
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"Andrzej Zaleski - musician, filmmaker, curator. He collaborated with: Ghedalia Tazartes, Aspec(t), Joe Giardullo, Eugene Chadbourne, Charles Hayward, John Hegre, Tatsuya Yoshida, Pavel Fajt, Sylvie Courvoisier, Vinz Vonlanthen, Małe Instrumenty, Johannes Bergmark, Ralf Wehowsky, Jerzy Mazzoll, Andrzej Przybielski, Komora A, Jacek Staniszewski, Robert Niziński (Księżyc) among many others. He also played in bands like: Multicide, Mitch and Mitch, 3 Metry, Za Siódmą Górą.
Cofounder of the theater group Komuna Otwock, collaborated with the Gardzienice Theater and Akademia Ruchu Theater.
Filmmaker ( The nature documentary series for Animal Planet and TVP2 ), experimental films.
Since 1993 he works as music curator of the "Program Strefa", at the Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw."-Monotype Records (http://monotyperecords.com/monolp018-carps-head/)
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Catalog ID: monoLP018
Squidco Product Code: 23210
Format: LP + CD
Recorded at Rogalow Analogowy Studio, in Poland, December 2014 by Wojcek Czern.
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1. Danse Inverse
2. You'll Be Wise
3. Zither Song
4. Orient Calling
5. Wolves and Birds
1. Wild East Blues
2. Dobra Nasza
3. The Far Horizon
4. The End Of Western World
1. Danse Inverse
2. You'll Be Wise
3. Zither Song
4. Orient Calling
5. Wolves & Birds
6. Wild East Blues
7. Dobra Nasza
8. The Far Horizon
9. The End Of Western World
10. Wolves & Birds (part 2 - Bonus Track)