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Tazartes, Ghedalia: Tazartes' Transports (Alga Marghen)

Eccentric/brilliant composer Tazartes' first album from 1977, reissued in 1997 with additional tracks, and finally back in print; a tapestry of unpredictable sounds.

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Label: Alga Marghen
Catalog ID: ALGA 011CD
Squidco Product Code: 11463

Format: CD
Condition: Closeout (New)
Released: 1997
Country: Italy
Packaging: Digipack, not sealed
Originally released in 1977, then reissued in 1997 with 3 additional tracks. Track 1 recorded in Paris, 1977 & 1997.


Ghedalia Tazartes-Composer, Vocals

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track listing:

1. Tazartes' Transports 2:01

2. Tazartes' Transports 3:18

3. Tazartes' Transports 2:07

4. Tazartes' Transports 2:58

5. Tazartes' Transports 4:41

6. Tazartes' Transports 3:21

7. Tazartes' Transports 1:37

8. Tazartes' Transports 3:28

9. Tazartes' Transports 2:33

10. Tazartes' Transports 5:43

11. Tazartes' Transports 0:35

12. Tazartes' Transports 1:39

13. Tazartes' Transports 1:20

14. Tazartes' Transports 4:24

15. Tazartes' Transports 1:55

16. Transports 1 5:48

17. Transports 2 6:02

18. Elie 2:54
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"Tazartes' Transports, the first album by this experimentalist, originally came out in 1977 in a very limited edition, and the CD reissue adds another three tracks recorded 20 years later. With his strange montages of sounds, Ghedalia Tazartes has created his own musical universe with its own perverse logic, totally outside the parameters of ordinary conventions. The 15 original tracks of Transports glide from one to another in a strange ride through a tapestry of unpredictable sounds. It begins with clattering rhythm and plinking piano that suddenly erupts into some of that strange chanting that occurs on much of his work. Next, a multitude of church bells sets up a chaotic bed beneath a plethora of horns, flutes, and sound effects. One track will often segue abruptly into the next. Tazartes employs peculiar tape loops and lots of effects, and more of that strange chanting. Bits of ethnic music seep into a few of the tracks, like the Turkish raga din of track ten, though it is more like ethnic music from a purely created world. Other pieces are more electronic oriented, like track five, which has high-pitched sci-fi bleeps and swoops with sporadic bursts of industrial growl, or track six, which uses backward tape manipulation. Of the more recent recordings, "Transports 1" is a spooky symphonic piece that sounds like theme music to a horror movie, and "Transports 2" begins in a similar vein, though adds an electro beat that takes away some of its power. The short "Elie" ends the disk with a contemplative piano solo with some odd finger runs. Tazartes' Transports is not quite as cohesively bizarre as Tazartes' masterpiece, Une Eclipse Totale de Soleil, but it is certainly far stranger than most records. "-Rolf Semprebon, All Music

Artist Biographies:

Ghédalia Tazartès was born 1947 in Paris

"French cult artist Ghédalia Tazartès is an uncompromising character who defies categorization. He recorded alone a dozen of albums, calling his way of working "Impromuz" for lack of a better term. Before the years 2000s, his public appearances remained exceptional events.

Ghédalia Tazartès' music has always been a mystery. It switches from musique concrète to - existing or invented - ethnic music, from poetry to noise, or from loops and collages to sad and extremely beautiful tunes in a second, but it constantly is in flux and coherent.

In 2004, Ghedalia finally decided to do live performances again. He first worked with other musicians (Les Reines d'Angleterre, David Fenech & Jac Berrocal, Norscq & Black Sifichi, Nicolas Lelièvre) and is now a solo performing artist (although his very young son sometimes joins him on stage!).

Since 2009 Tazartes played many shows across Europe. After performing a cinemix to the strange "Haxan" film in 2008, he presented in February 2013 a new solo show at CTM in Berlin Festival to a packed HAU2. The new show is based around the music of Tazartes' lattest album 'Coda Lunga.' Says Tazartes: 'I thought I had only played for 5 minutes in Berlin... then I realised I had been going on for more than one hour!'"

-Julie Tippex Website (

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