Thomas Barrière ‎– Musiques Spectaculaires Pour Cirques Imaginaires

Thödol ‎– THO009
CDr, Album



Recorded between 2009 & 2011 on the road
CD time 42:47


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March 14, 2015
Soundtracks for imaginary shows that will never happen, these recordings are like drawings, sketches that a painter would do before using paint on canvas. A pattern, a color, a feeling, always taken from life, on the very moment, captured by the pen or the recorder. This approach is like a big playground for Thomas Barrière, as the television is when a filmmaker works in it. And it’s very pleasant to listen to these proposals, these sketches, as the pleasure to discover drafts of the great painters, their research and dead ends, which gave birth to their masterpieces.

In Musiques Spectaculaires pour Cirques Imaginaires, delicious and eclectic, filled with humor and ingenious dramatic effects, Thomas Barrière visits the magical sounds, aural beauty of the visual experience. “Rediscovering the seriousness of a child playing” wrote Nietzsche (same sentence resumed later by St. John Perse and Borges). He combines a variety of electric instruments, traditional and ethnic, with sounds and moods gleaned during his travels all around the world. Made with great skill but also a lot of fragility by the musician, these rare recordings mix the avant-garde improvisation research and experimentation free to original sensitivity to approach the music for show.
By focusing on his remarkable relationship with the circus, this disc highlights the work of an explorer of musical boundaries, elusive and enigmatic, seen through the prism of his two passions: experimental music and popular show.