two french family acts with a fresh fraise sur la musique française
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!’
Formed in 2015 by harpsichordist Lisa Kokwenda Schweiger and percussionist Jacob Vanneste, Two Envelopes fuses adventurous combinations of theatrical elements and electronics, whilst retaining a classical core. Within their first year the duo was selected as ‘International Young Artist’ by Musica, Antwerp, where they performed their own creation, 'Alamento'.
Two Envelopes' repertoire consists of new music commissioned by the duo, pieces of musical theatre (for example G. Aperghis), as well as the few pieces written in the 80s and 90s for this rare combination of harpsichord and percussion. To widen the available repertoire, Two Envelopes worked with flemish composers Julia Emmery and Michaël Denis in 2016 whilst in residence at Q-02, Brussels; since then the desire to extend the project has grown.
As part of this desire, the duo's latest initiative includes commissioning pieces from 6 international composers, which will be premiered during 2018-2019. This innovative repertoire will be developed further through several residencies and performances at Les Ateliers Claus, Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk and Beeldenstorm, Anderlecht.
Past highlights include performances at Amuz Antwerpen, STUK Leuven, Orgelpark Amsterdam, Mute festival Gent and Q-O2 Brussels, among other venues and events.
Lisa Kokwenda Schweiger: Harpsichord, Voice, Performance
Jacob Vanneste: Percussion, Electronics, Performance
Bégayer font du chanson française, musique bruitiste, rumeurs des musiques lointaines,
Poèmes courts, instruments artisanaux inspirés d’Afrique et d’Asie,
Radios, amplificateurs et autres petits objets électroniques. Toutes compositions, arrangements : Loup Uberto, Lucas Ravinale, Alexis Vineïs
1) Two Envelopes (1st floor) - 20:30
2) Ghédalia Tazartes - 21
3) Bégayer - 22
note: Tanz Mein Hertz was originally planned for this event, but they had to cancel due to heavy space cakes