We’ve updated our Terms of Use to reflect our new entity name and address. You can review the changes here.
We’ve updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.


by Volapük

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 USD  or more


Bach is Back 05:50
Dunaj 04:19
Taragot 05:23


Volapük toured Poland with twelve concerts in May and June 1998. Their tour included the following places:
Pod Jaszczurami [Krakow], Manhattan Gallery [Lodz], Cultural Centre [Lutain], Centre for Contemporary Art - Zamek Ujazdowsk [Warsaw], Pinokio [Szczecin], Chemik [Gorzów Wielkopolski], Kameralna [Pila], Swiatowit [Eibiag], FRGS Mozg [Bydgoszcz], Katakumby [Wroctaw], Radio Lodz Studio [Lodi], St. John’s Church [Gdansk].

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5 & 9 recorded at Radio Lodz Concert Studio (June 7, 1998) by Michal Targowski and Wieslaw Gorzelak.
Tracks 3, 4, & 8 recorded in Gorzow (June 2, 1998) by Jaroslaw Szeliga.
Tracks 6 & 7 recorded in Warsaw (May 31, 1998) by Arek Was.

Al tracks mixed at SDN (May-October 1999) by Tadeusz Sudnik, assisted by Jean Piptotain except 6 & 7 - mixed at
Grubba Rybba (February 1999) by Arek Was and re-mixed at SDN (summer 1999).
Mastered (November 1999) at SDN by T. Sudnik & J. Piptotain.
Re-mastered at DAMP Studio by Marcin Orlowski & J. Piplotain.

This album was originally released on CD in a numbered edition of 999 copies in 1999.

"Formed in Southern France in 1993, Volapük were initially a trio of drums, bass clarinet, and cello. The trio members used their instruments in expanded roles, creating unusual tonal colors; their music blended ensemble play, jazz, and chamber music with a solid rock underpinning.

In 1973 Volapük's percussionist, Guigou Chenevier, had been a founder of Etron Fou Leloublan, a band that (along with other groups including Henry Cow, Univers Zero, Stormy Six, and Samla Mammas Manna) became a charter member of the Rock in Opposition collective in 1978. 
Bass clarinetist Michel Mandel received a master's degree in music from the Grenoble Academy of Music. He has played in numerous musical and theatrical settings in Italy, France, Germany, and Hungary.
Cellist Guillaume Saurel studied at the Avignon Academy of Music. He has performed in concert and on recordings, and has played music for dance and theater throughout France.

After 17 years in existence, Volapük announced their breakup in March of 2010." – AllMusic


released October 27, 2023

Guigou Chenevier : drums, sax, vocals, electronicis
Michel Mandel : bass clarinet, clarinets, taragot, vocals
Guillaume Saurel : cello, vocal

All titles composed and performed by Volapük except (7) by Chenevier, (9) by Colombo / Ghesten, (6) texts by Chenevier.

Cover: painting - Ew Luczak.


all rights reserved



Cuneiform Records Washington, D.C.

Cuneiform Records is an independent record label releasing adventurous, boundary-bursting music by artists from around the world.

Founded in 1984.
Based in Washington D.C.

contact / help

Contact Cuneiform Records

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Cuneiform Records recommends:

If you like Pükapök, you may also like: