Formed in 2011 after playing as part of Katia & Marielle Labeque's Minimalist Dreamhouse over three nights at King's Place in London, the trio formed an immediate bond, a musical alchemy and decided to continue working together.
Katia and Marielle Labèque, a world most famous piano duo, brought Massimo, David and Raphael to explore the minimalist compelling repertoire, tracing the influence of the early American Minimalists upon musicians as broad-ranging and infamous as Brian Eno, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, and Aphex Twin.
Coming from very different worlds; classical, avant-garde and rock, the three musicians’ challenge was to engage in songwriting that would be both simple and full of inspirations coming from their very different backgrounds. The resulting sound exceeds its component parts – the listener won’t find ill-fitting influences dictating their direction, rather, the three disciplines of songcraft prove to be closely related.
Deep drones furrow down, creating a transient base from which weight has no standing, and semi-solid post-rock actions float by untethered. The masterful percussion leads the procession by example, contributing so much more than the usual rock drummer template, and swarms of hum and hiss, minute moments and grand declarations wrap around the intimate voices that narrate this album. Inspired by the archetypal songwriting of Leonard Cohen, by the sonic explorations of Earth but also by Swans, Low, early Pink Floyd and timeless soundtrack compositions, the trio here have made a quite astounding collection of tracks, as unique as they are captivating.
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Massimo Pupillo is a bass player and founder of the band Zu with albums on Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings. He played on more than 50 albums and 2000 concerts worldwide. He has worked with: Mike Patton, The Melvins, FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Katia Labeque, Peter Brötzmann, Nobukazu Takemura, Eugene Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), The Ex, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth), Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O), Damo Suzuki (Can), Mats Gustafsson, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt), etc...
David Chalmin is a composer, producer, sound engineer and musician. In 2015 his new piece Star-Cross'd Lovers will be premiered at the Paris Philharmonie, and he will present a project on Moondog's music, commissioned by King's Place in London, in continuity to his 2011 work on Minimalist composers. In 2014 he was commissioned by the WDR orchestra in Köln to compose an orchestral suite of arrangements of Bernard Herrmann's film scores interpreted by the orchestra. He also collaborates with British singer Matt Elliott as a co-producer and guitarist.
Raphaël Séguiner developed throughout his international career a personal style that has led him to play with Rufus Wainright, Saul Williams, Micky Green, Chocolate Genius, Matt Elliott, Emilie Simon, Katia and Marielle Labèque. He performs with famous orchestras and conductors such as the Berliner Philharmonic with Simon Rattle, the Bruckner Orchestra with Dennis Russel Davis, MDR Sinfonie Orchester in Leipzig, the Sydney Symphony. He played major festivals such as Rock en Seine, Sziget, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock etc
Son travail de chorégraphe, destiné à sa propre troupe de danse, Pro Phenomen, comme à des artistes de l’envergure de Madonna, est reconnu internationalement. Yaman Okur a collaboré avec des artistes comme Reda (La Vie parisienne d’Offenbach en 1997, ouverture de la Coupe du Monde
de football 1998), Madonna (tournée Sticky and Sweet en 2008-2010, tournée MDNA en 2011-2012) ou encore Le Cirque du soleil (spectacle Kurios en 2014).