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Le CD d'El Strøm est enfin là

Birgitte Lyregaard - vocals
Sacha Gattino - sampler, percussion, zither, harmonicas, jaw-harps
Jean-Jacques Birgé - Theremin, Tenori-on, Mascarade Machine, keyboards, reeds, harmonicas, jaw harps
Sound Castles / Contretemps / Frygt / Mécaniques cantiques / Radio Sandwich / Dark Waters / This Paris / Lover Man / Long Time No Sea
Long Time No Sea is the first new CD by Jean-Jacques Birgé since 1998 (Un Drame Musical Instantané's Machiavel). For the last 10 years GRRR has published 70 unissued albums on drame.org, but all exclusively online, virtual objects free to listen or download!
To present these 77 minutes, Étienne Mineur has designed a fantastic cover and libretto playing with videoprojectors and reflective materials. He has integrated drawings by Grandville from 1844 and even another one from 1774, all belonging to Sacha Gattino's own collection. By the way it's also Sacha's first CD.
Website of EL STRØM

Birgé - March 16 - London

→ Jean-Jacques BIRGÉ, solo concert Thursday night London 7 p.m.
(Free Entry but you must register for a ticket)
French Touch - An exhibition of French electronic music
Red Gallery/Kamio Bar, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT
from March 16 to April 9 2017.
The night begins with an extremely rare UK live performance in the Kamio Bar by French electronic pioneer Jean-Jacques Birgé and an exclusive showing of film Paris/ Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno directed by Amélie Ravalec.
Panel Discussion: Olivier Degorce (Photographer), Edouard Hartigan (Photographer), Stephane Jourdain (Photographer), Jean-Jacques Birgé (musician and composer), Sammy El Zobo (Director, Chateau Peché Festival, France), Professor Martin James (Solent University), David McKenna (French Music Export Office), host Ben Osborne (Noise of Art), also in attendance Johann Bouché-Pillon (Photographer and artist) and Etienne Castelle (Director, Chateau Peché Festival, France)...

Birgé on MixMag

The magazine MixMag publishes 15 pictures among which Jean-Jacques Birgé in 1975 witgh his ARP 2600 about the exhibition VOYAGE DANS LE PAYSAGE ÉLECTRONIQUE FRANÇAIS at Red Gallery/Kamio Bar, London EC2A 3DT from March 16 to April 9. The exhibition visits Jack In A Box festival (July) and Château Perché festival (August 4 to 6) before Paris and elsewhere later this year, and then the US in 2018. "Jean-Jacques Birgé, pictured here in concert in 1975, started making electronic music in 1965 when he was 13 years old. On the avant-garde experimental wing of electronic music, his music deconstructs jazz, rock, classical and many other genres."

Rideau ! at last on CD

Rideau! is available on CD on Klang Galerie, an Austrian labl. It was Un Drame Musical Instantané's second album, originally released in 1980 on the group's own GRRR label. Since its creation in 1976, featuring Jean-Jacques Birgé, Bernard Vitet and Francis Gorgé, the group has decided to promote collective musical creation, co-signing their albums, which they consider as artworks in themselves, or their live shows which they try to renew every time they play. Un Drame borrowed their sources from rock (synthetizer player Birgé and guitarist Gorgé, both authors of the album, Défense de); jazz (trumpeter Vitet who founded the first free jazz band in France, together with François Tusques, as well as Michel Portal who played with many American and European jazzmen); classical modern music; as well as movies or world news; they were the first in France to give a new impetus to live music on silent films. Birgé and Gorgé also recorded a duo album that was mentioned on the infamous Nurse With Wound list, Défense de. On Rideau!, you will hear their wild mix of styles, a very original, unclassifiable, inventive music, which drifts from jazz to electronic music and contemporary music. Remastered in 2016 and with a lot of bonus tracks (75 minutes instead of 40), amongst them the track that appeared on United Dairies' compilation album In Fractured Silence for the first time in its full length! Track list: 1. M'enfin 2. Rideau! 3. La critique 4. Pas besoin d'espérer pour entreprendre ni de réussir pour persévérer 5. Tunnel sous la Manche 6. La peur du vide 7. Légitime défense 8. Le directeur paiera pour ses crimes

Birgé's new writings

Besides drame.org and Mediapart, Jean-Jacques Birgé writes articles for other publications as La Revue du Cube (Le sens de la vie), Citizen Jazz which celebrates its 15th Anniversary on Internet but for real this time (Cent soleils), le Cahier de l'Herne on/with Michel Houellebecq (Établissement d'un ciel d'alternance), as the most recent...

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