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Conch 003 | Christian Vasseur - Alam

CD (400 copies)

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1. Alam
2. Pièce 1
3. Pièce 2
4. A grey ground dedicated to an anonymous english composer
5. Waiting for the bells
6. Marche funèbre écologique
7. Simple music
8. Anima mea desideravit te in nocte
9. Peter Gabriel's dream
10. No try to tie the butterfly (for Nathalie)
11. DSCH

Release info:
Christian Vasseur: archlute and voice

14 strings archlute by Anna Radice

Recorded and mixed by Jacques Deregnaucourt in 1993. Mastered by Benjamin Mraz at studio Ka, Fâches-Thumesnil in 2009.
Photographs by Dennis Bettels ['Belfast' / 2007]

Release description:
Christian Vasseur's work "Alam" was recorded 16 years ago. Eleven very clear and fresh compositions, only Christian's voice and a 14-string-archlute.

It is a very pure work. You can hear the deep and slightly dark tone of the archelute, Christian's fingers moving over the fretboard and his voice, sometimes humming in the background. I think the main difference with Christian's guitar work is that "Alam" is very structured. You still have the feeling that Christian's play is very light, free and close to improvising, but at the same time, one feels very save and guided in this compositions.

Not to forget the strong link to John Dowland and Elizabethan lute music with virtuosity transferred to the present days.