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Emaille, Camille: Bekkos (Creative Sources)

A student of Christian Dierstein and Fred Frith, French percussionist Camille Emaille, working in both modern compositional and improvised music and influenced by Middle Eastern and Persian approaches, presents an album of solo percussion work selected from eight improvisations recorded in Bromont, Canada, using a diverse and unusual set of percussive instruments.

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UPC: 5609063404685

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs468
Squidco Product Code: 25015

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Musikarma in Bromont, Canada, in January, 2017, Jean-Francois Matte.


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"Camille Emaille is a French percussionist born in 1993 in Nice. She is studying at the Musik-Akademie of Basel (Switzerland) with Christian Dierstein on contemporary music and with Fred Frith on free improvisation. She considers music a part of everything, part of everyday life. That's why she began to improvise, to feel music more as a flux, as something which is already here, something that we (the musician and the audience) just jump into... She works with many artists from varying fields, such as video, muppet theatre, shadow theater with the show Divines Bovines and plays in the musical projects Oxke Fixu (duo with clarinet), Defibrillator (electronic, e-trombone, perc.) and Ratax (d-b., cl., perc.). She used to organize and play in " wild " events, happenings that took place in unusual locations such as closed tunnels, abandoned hospitals, highway bridges, old synagogues (festival Myosotis); events where people go without any knowledge of what will transpire...

She worked during workshops and master classes with Lee Quan Ninh, John Butcher, Benat Achiary, Roscoe Mitchel, Gunter Baby Sommer et Zina Parkins. She played with Fred Frith, Fritz Hauser and William Winant among others.

In fond of persian music, she studies tombak with Pedram Khavarzamini and tabla with Sankar Chowdhury as well as traditionnal music from midle est. With davul/tapan (turkish or bulgarian instrument) in Duna Orkestar (balkanic brass band) or tombak, daf and req with Koâni (trio with hurdy gurdy, harmonica and percussions) she played concerts in France, Switzerland, Germany and Turkey."

-Camille Emaille Website (

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track listing:

1. Manira 0:48

2. Roya Ou La Resistance 5:33

3. Maledie 6:58

4. Fremamorte 5:23

5. Neiglier 4:56

6. Trecolpas 6:37

7. Bekkos 7:00

8. Pas Des Ladres 1:47

9. Fontanalbe 5:45
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"It is the Portuguese Creative Sources label that makes the first solo album by Camille Émaile possible. An excellent label, dedicated to abstract and sound-dominated improvisation. Bekkos fits perfectly in their catalogue, so you know what to expect. Émaille is a French percussionist and improviser from Nice. She studied contemporary music at the Musik-Akademie in Basel with Christian Dierstein and Fred Frith. She built up varied experience playing with many musicians and artists in very different fields (video, theatre, happenings, etc.). She also has a love for Persian music and music from the Middle East in general, what made her study the tombak and table. No wonder we find her involved in projects of improvised music, modern composed music as well as 'world' music.

Concerning her debut album Bekkos we learn more about her as a solo improvising musician. In January 2017 she spent a week at Studio Musikarma, in the forests of Bromont in Canada, for recording improvised sessions. From these sessions she choose eight improvisations for her album. Émaille plays a wide range of percussion and percussive objects, which guarantees a wide range of sounds, and diversity in timbre and dynamic. She creates many different textures and patterns; in 'Royal ou la résistance' almost a melodic one. Also the following piece 'Malédie' sounds very structured, and almost narrative. 'Neiglier' is constructed from repeated patterns, changing all the time. Other improvisations like 'Frémamorte' sound more abstract and at the same time evocating a hypothetical kind of ethnic music, like in 'Trecolpas'. A fascinating debut."-DM, Vital Weekly

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Creative Sources
Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Musique Actuelle
Percussion & Drums
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Canadian Composition & Improvisation

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