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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Hinterzimmer Records hint09
Release Year: 2010
Note: NEW Tazartes work (rec. in Paris 2010) in 23 parts, released by the excellent Swiss label HINTERZIMMER !
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"Ante-Mortem is a new Ghédalia Tazartès studio album.

Ghédalia Tazartès was born 1947 in Paris, where he still lives, to Turkish parents. He is one of those long time activists who do not have a tremendous list of releases. Within the 31 years since his first musical oeuvre – Diasporas in 1979 – he only released 9 albums and a few EPs. Nonetheless he is praised as being one of the most creative European experimental artists and is often mentioned as an important influence on a lot of todays underground music exponents. Of course he was on the legendary Nurse With Wound-list…

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. Or like André Glucksmann wrote: „Ghédalia Tazartès is a nomad. He wanders through music from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. He paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker (…) Ghédalia is the orchestra and a pop group all in one person; the solitary opera explodes himself into an infinity of characters. The self is multitude and others. The author and his doubles work without a net, freely connecting the sounds, the rhythms, his voice, his voices. The permanent metamorphosis is a principle of composition, it escapes control, refuses classification. Off Limits, music descends, cries and screams when it touches the ground.“

Hinterzimmer Records is extremely proud to release one of Ghédalia Tazartès’ major works of the last 20 years, Ante-Mortem. Although simply named 1 to 23, the CD bears a collection of very diverse tracks, a couple of them connected in a thematical frame, others simply standing for themselves. What holds them all together is first and all Tazartes’ archetypical voice. One could say that Ante-Mortem contains some of his harshest ever tracks as well as a couple of his most humorous ones. Generally it is more than exciting to hear that some parts of Ante-Mortem could as well have been created around the same time as his masterpiece Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil - his music sounds as timeless as it did 30 years ago. Nobody else ever sounded like Tazartes. Ante-Mortem sounds like Tazartes at its best." [label info]


"Following ten years of silence, Ghedalia Tazartes released 'Hysterie Off Music', which was reviewed in Vital Weekly 593. It isn't followed by another ten years of silence, but with merely three years and now there is 'Ante-Mortem' and like 'Hysterie Off Music' this is surely another strange thing, but then so might be his entire career, which started in 1979 and counts only nine albums and few EPs. This man is hard to pin down, but surely he is like an one-man orchestra. There is more guitar then on the previous, layered together, along with synthesizers and drum computers. And of course, the voice of Ghedalia Tazartes, which is the central point of focus. He can sing with great pathos, he can be intimate, passionate and soft. There are twenty-three pieces on this CD, all quite short, but each with its precise texture. Loops of sound, bit of ethnic music, sound collages, an opera - its all there, and this great hotchpotch makes sense: Ghedalia Tazartes is an outsider, not caring about fashion, musical trends or such mundane things. Tazartes creates his own sound world, at whatever time he seems convenient. The true one man pop band, orchestra, singer-songwriter. Perhaps not entirely my cup of tea - I'd be the first to admit that - but certainly something I appreciate a lot. The true outsider is an one-man enterprise." [FdW/Vital Weekly]