A document of a musical performance recorded in the open air near a castle in France by Pascal Bathus and Emmanuel Petit on electric guitars, and Lionel Marchetti credited with "electricity", recorded while Yoko Higashi performed a butoh dance during their music performance.
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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1201
Squidco Product Code: 20805
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Le Richoux Castle, France in July 2003 by Lionel Marchetti.
Emmanuel Petit-electric guitar
Pascal Battus-electric guitar
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"La Vie Dans Les Bois is a document of a musical performance recorded in the open air near a castle in France. The players were Pascal Bathus and Emmanuel Petit with their electric guitars, Lionel Marchetti credited with "electricity", and Yôko Higashi who performed a butoh dance during their music performance. Higashi has appeared on many records with Lionel Marchetti, but I didn't know she was also an exponent of this post-war avant-garde Japanese dance artform which involves very slow movements and is, according to many of its practitioners, very elusive when it comes to definitions and meanings.
Readers who enjoy improvised music may recall that Derek Bailey released a 1996 album Music and Dance, where he performed his guitar improvisations alongside Min Tanaka, a very prominent butoh dancer. Very coincidentally, Tanaka is the developer of a form of butoh he calls "Body Weather", of which Sam Pettigrew above is also a subscriber. This isn't to imply any relations between this CD and Pettigrew's music, but La Vie Dans Les Bois is a compellingly mysterious piece of delicate interplay where for 50% of the time the guitars are barely recognisable as such, and all the performers only make an utterance when the occasion demands it.
The recording also blends nicely with the distant sound of birdsong in the air. As with the Derek Bailey record, you may not be able to "hear" the sound of the dancer participating on the record, but Higashi's work is still perceptible somehow, as it were appearing in the interstices of the music, shaping its contours. The creators clearly felt moved enough to include a landscape painting by Dominique Lechec as part of the package, and a few lines from a poem."-Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
Battus, Pascal / Lionel Marchetti / Emmanuel Petit
La Vie Dans Les Bois