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PART II
2000 - 2010

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Jardin Vauban

Fond recollections of joyful hours spent in the enchanting Jardin Vauban of Lille.

#folk

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FROM MALI
TO MISSISSIPPI

A musical connection bridging the rich roots of African music with the soulful blues of Mississippi's Delta.

#african blues

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Liberations

A tribute to Emmeline Pankhurst, a stalwart advocate for women's suffrage, and to Alan Lomax, the American ethnomusicologist.

#funk-rock

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EMPTY WORDS

Sometime in your life you turn to music as a source of solace during hard times.


#piano-ambient

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05. Jardin Vauban   #folk

At the age of 23, I immersed myself in the world of poetry, becoming a fervent dreamer.

I fell deeply in love with my wife, and our rendezvous in the park became cherished moments of youthful abandon and limitless images, where the possible and impossible coexisted.

My mind was filled with poetry and daydreams, resonating with the melodies of Satie, Air, Zero 7 and so many others...and all the unconscious words of Guillaume Apollinaire, Baudelaire, Rimbaud,  Supervielle, Char, Tristan Tzara, Prévert and my dear Jim Harrison, all danced through my thoughts, intermingling with the essence of Lille and the enchanting Vauban Garden.

PREVIEW (8th December 2023)

05 - Jardin VaubanThe Art of the Sun
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06. From Mali To Mississippi #blues

Ali Farka Touré, a true humanist, found inspiration in the deep roots of Malian music. He perceived the nature for connecting with American blues, which he believed to be a reinterpretation of African music in an American context.
 

In the vicinity of my 30th birthday, I delved into these musical connections, I came to a profound realization: music serves as a universal language, one of the most direct, meaningful, and accessible means of cultural interaction. Blues, with its seemingly simple melodies, stands as a prime example of this universality. It continually seeks its origins, pursuing the perfect sound and the ideal note, reflecting an unending quest for its roots.

PREVIEW (8th December 2023)

06 - From Mali To MississippiThe Art of the Sun
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07. Liberations   #funk-rock

In the early 20th century, men and women from the United States and the United Kingdom vigorously campaigned for their right to vote, with the suffrage movements in both countries sharing ideas and inspiration despite their unique characteristics. In 1913, the renowned British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst delivered a powerful speech in Hartford at the Parsons Theater.

Simultaneously, during this era, John and Alan Lomax recorded a variety of southern musicians, including Afro-Americans, white performers, and Mexican-Americans, for the Library of Congress. In 1934, they documented a work song called "Long John," performed by "Lightning" and a group of black inmates at Darrington State Prison Farm in Texas. These prisoners, while working together in labor gangs to break rocks and clear swamps, relied on the rhythmic and chant-like patterns of work songs, originally rooted in the collective labor of slavery, to synchronize their efforts. 'Liberations' is a hommage to the battles against tyranny and injustice.

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07 - LiberationsThe Art of the Sun
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08. Empty Words  #piano-ambient

Life can lead us down unexpected roads at times. Confronting challenges can unveil newfound liberties, albeit often accompanied by lasting wounds.
 

It's an elusive soundscape experience, originally a song by Popion that I've reinterpreted into an imaginary soundtrack for Shingo Tamagawa's enigmatic film, 'Puparia.'

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08 Empty Words The Art of the Sun
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