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Moondog AKA Louis T. Hardin: Round the World of Sound (New World Records)

The "Viking of 5th Ave" Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) was a blind musician noted for his unique garb, but also for his beautiful compositions that blended creative and rhythmic music with lyric and song, here in a collection of 25 songs from his "Madrigal Book 1".

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UPC: 093228077428

Label: New World Records
Catalog ID: NW 80774CD
Squidco Product Code: 22013

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded live in La Muse En Circuit in Alfortville, France in November 23rd to the 27th, 2015 by Pierre Vandewaeter.


Didier Aschour-guitar, artistic director

Christian Pruvost-trumpet and co-director

Stephane Garin-percussion, glockenspiel

Peter Orins-drums

Vincent Bouchot-voice

Nathalie Duong-voice

Sakina Abdou-alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, recorder, spinet

Julien Favreuille-sopranino saxophones, tenor saxophone, flute

Denis Chouillet-piano, toy piano

Barbara Dang-spinet, organ

Deborah Walker-cello

Sebastien Beaumont-classical guitar, electric guitars, banjo

Nicolas Mahieux-doublebass

Maxime Morel-saxhorn, trombone

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track listing:

1. Bells Are Ringing 2:24

2. Voices of Spring 1:45

3. What's the Most Exciting Thing 2:18

4. All Is Loneliness 2:48

5. My Tiny Butterfly 1:43

6. Why Spend a Dark Night With You? 0:59

7. Coffee Beans 2:31

8. Down Is Up 2:00

9. Be a Hobo 1:18

10. Remember 1:11

11. I Love You 1:08

12. Nero's Expedition 3:04

13. No, the Wheel Was Never Invented 1:00

14. With My Wealth 3:07

15. This Student of Life 1:26

16. Some Trust All 1:36

17. Wine, Women and Song 2:01

18. Sadness 1:49

19. Maybe 2:39

20. Each Today 2:20

21. Imagine 2:43

22. You, the Vandal 1:53

23. Trees Against the Sky 0:59

24. Behold 2:43

25. Sparrows 2:05

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"To reduce the music of Louis Thomas Hardin (1916-1999) to the legendary figure of Moondog would be to pass over the real work of the composer. The melodic invention, the prodigious rhythms, and the mixture of genres, as original as they are obvious, all come together to form a music that merits consideration strictly as music. To interpret Moondog's Madrigals, we wanted to develop aspects of the original recording of 1970, but also to produce a "live" version, one that would express the vitality and energy of ensemble music, and in order to enrich the instrumentation we chose a different combination of instruments for each piece. Round the World of Sound is an album of songs, and the singers were employed in many ways: alone or in duets, polyphonic (sometimes a capella) or in chorus, and sometimes the musicians added their own voices to those of Vincent Bouchot and Nathalie Duong. When we were invited to play this music in a festival that contained many types of music, the organizer asked to try to define the genre, and we answered, "Well, let's just call it pop chamber music."-Didier Aschour, music director, Dedalus

"This twenty-five piece selection is entitled Madrigal Book 1, and is a nod to the system Johann Sebastian Bach used for his Well-Tempered Clavier. Here, Moondog passes through all the major and minor tonalities, following the cycle of fourths. Thus, the opening Bells Are Ringing is in C major, followed by Voices of Spring in A minor, What's the Most Exciting Thing in F major and so on until the return to C major with Sparrows. The album spans twenty years of composing and bohemian life in the very heart of Manhattan, on its streets and under its porches. The record features pieces from the early 1950s (All Is Loneliness, Be a Hobo) as well as later canons written in June 1968. All are autobiographical, or at least reflect the state of mind of their author. As such, they are either melancholic or cheerful, and can evoke the everyday life (Coffee Beans) or a longing for recognition (Maybe), at all times vibrant with his good turns of phrase and his distinctive philosophy. This collection constitutes a marvelous window on Moondog's universe."-New World Records

Artist Biographies:

"After studying the guitar at the CNSM of Paris, Didier Aschour was awarded a prize from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and a scholarship from the Darmastadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (1992 and 1994). A committed soloist fond of contemporary music, he premieres many works written for him and performs with Ensemble 2e2m, TM+, Aleph, L'Instant Donné, Zellig and Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1996, he founded Ensemble DEDALUS, specializing in minimalist music and free instrumentation scores, with which he stands in favour of experimental contemporary music. He plays with Sejiro Murayama, Kristoff K.Roll duett, La Fanfare E. and Kasper T. Toeplitz.

As a composer, he works for dance - with choreographers such as Mathilde Monnier, Germana Civera, Patrice Barthès - and performance, imagining acoustic devices that question the relationship between music and sound phenomena.

Since 2007, he has been taking part in the Montpellier Sonorités Festival collective activities."

-Ensemble 2E2M (

"Stephane Garin has performed:

- within the ensemble intercontemporain (EIC), the orchestra "les siècles", the orchestra of rouen opera, the radio france philharmonic orchestra, the brussels philharmonic... conducted by pierre boulez, péter eötvös, léon fleisher, philippe jordan, david robertson, pascal rophe, françois-xavier roth...

- with musicians, dancers, performers and directors such as pascal battus, antoine beuger, olivier bernet (persepolis sountrack), carl craig, pascal comelade, mathias delplanque, catherine divèrres, michel doneda, jürg frey, jean-luc guionnet, jean-philippe gross, julyen hamilton, ryoji ikeda, tom johnson, daunik lazro, pierre-yves macé, stephan mathieu, billy martin, seijiro murayama, phill niblock, moritz von oswald (maurizio), tristan perich, marc perrone, christian wolff, wax tailor...

founder of 0 (; member of les Dissonances conducted by David Grimal (; member of OPPB conducted by fayçal karoui (first percussion solo) (; member of the ensemble of contemporary music dedalus conducted by didier aschour (; member of the collective phonographer in basque country, soinumapa ( /

founder and member of the Garazi Philanthropik(s) Orchestra until 2008

artist associeted at the centrifugeuse (pau, france)"

-Stephane Garin Website (

"After classical music study, Peter Orins learns the drums, first in a rock and afro-cuban music school, then at the Conservatoire National de Région of Lille in the jazz section, where he studies with Guy Gilbert, Jean-François Canape, Gérard Marais... He graduates in 1997. In the meantime, he studies musicology at university, improvisation with Fred Van Hove, composition with Jean-Marc Chouvel and Ricardo Mandolini.

Playing jazz from the middle of the 90's, he plays in the bands that will create in 2000 the Circum collective : Impression (for which he composes, became Flu(o) in 2012), Quartet Base, Stefan Orins Trio. He coordinates the Circum collective till its fusion with the CRIME in 2010, and creates the Circum Grand Orchestra, band with the 10 musicians of Circum, for which he composes also occasionally. At the same time Peter Orins get in the CRIME projects, improvised and experimental music collective also based at la malterie in Lille. He plays especially in La Pieuvre, big improvisation orchestra conducted by Olivier Benoit (nowadays Artistic Director of L'Orchestre National de Jazz). It's with the Crime that he'll develop his solo work (drums and electronic with Pure Data application), and improvised and experimental projects with David Bausseron, Laurent Rigaut, Ivann Cruz, Christian Pruvost, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Benjamin Duboc, Yanik Miossec, Falter Bramnk, ... in bands like DBPO, De Nouvelles Erreurs, Signal Box, Electropus, Ternoy/Cruz/Orins (that will become Toc, free-rock progressive band)... In 2006, he leads a french-vietnamese project called Hué/Circum with the support of Region Nord Pas de Calais, which combines 4 musicians from Circum and 3 traditional vietnamese musicians from Hué (tour in Vietnam, Japan and France, from 2006 to 2009). In 2010, he creates a french-japanese quartet with pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpet players Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost, band for which he composes with Satoko Fujii. Several international tours with this band (Japan, Israel, Germany, France, USA, Canada). In 2011, Ivann Cruz, guitar player from Muzzix, and Maciej Garbowski, polish double-bass player, invite him to play in their quartet with the finnish saxophone player Kari Heinila. He also collaborates with theatre, composes for cinema or animation movies, dance... Since the creation of Muzzix in 2010, Peter Orins coordinates the artistic direction of the collective.

He played with : Sophie Agnel, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Benjamin Duboc, Radu Malfati, Steve Dalachinsky, Andrew D'Angelo, Petr Cancura, Josh Sinton, Curtis Hasselbring, Joe Morris, Rene Hart, David Miller, Frank London, Nate Wooley, Renee Baker, Ernest Dawkins, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, Jacques Di Donato, François Corneloup, Norbert Lucarain, Sylvain Kassap, Alain Vankenhove, Camel Zekri, ..."

-Peter Orins Website (

"Born: 1966 Country: Toulouse, France. A composer, tenor and baritone, Vincent Bouchot is also a member of the Ensemble Clement Janequin and the ensemble Ludus Modalis."

-ArkivMusic (

"Deborah Walker is a new music performer and improviser based in Paris. She was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1981 and studied cello in her hometown. After graduating she moved to Paris to continue her cello studies with Agnès Vesterman and Anssi Karttunen. Since 2007 she is a member of Dedalus, a variable ensemble which plays experimental and contemporary music, who has collaborations, among others, with Tom Johnson, Pascale Criton, Christian Wolff, Antoine Beuger and Jurg Frey.

Deborah Walker has collaborated with artists like Joëlle Leandre, Markus Stockhausen, Garrett List and Teri Weikel. She's currently working with composers Pascale Criton and Eliane Radigue in pieces for solo cello or small ensembles. She has played in many festivals such as I Suoni delle Dolomiti, Italia Wave, ZKN in Karlsruhe, Festival d'Avignon, Festival Nomad in M'Hamid (Morocco), Ze Couch (New York) and tours regularly around Europe. She also takes part in theater, dance and circus performances, both as composer and performer. Deborah is doing a Master in Sound and Music Composition at the University of Paris 8 (St. Denis). Her recordings include works by Tom Johnson played by the Dedalus Ensemble (New World), a live recording of the intuitive music quintet Flowers of Now(21st Records) as well as Frammenti di Scrittura Prematura (Imprint Records) and Imagine Book (ILDE)."

-euromicrofest (

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