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Ghédalia Tazartès

Ghédalia Tazartés

Ghédalia Tazartès  

Ghédalia Tazartès (1947-2021) was one of those long time activists who did have a tremendous list of releases. Within the 30 years since his first musical oeuvre –Diasporas in 1979 – he only released 9 albums and a few EPs. Nonetheless he was 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… In the last 10 years of his life he finally became very productive, played many solo shows and collaborated with countless international artists.

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.»

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