What a pleasure to re discover Volapuk ! Sound of this recording is far much better than expected and the frenchy funny but shy ambiance is a plus. Just a little bit too short…
Remembering with love Opposition de phase concert in Northern France 1998…
Favorite track: L'Oeuf d'Apük.
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
No one does music quite like Camille and Xavier do. I see their music as being akin to soundtracks for unfilmed movies. In this instance it is a movie about explorers of mountainous terrain, perhaps the terrain of our lives. Merci pour cette musique si intrigante. :-) sumbuk