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Beliah, Sebastien: Nocturnes (Umlaut Records)

Sebastien Beliah is a Paris-based double bass player, a member of Umlaut Big Band, The Coquettes, Un poco loco, &c., here in a solo album of bass noir, dark and resonant tones evoked through strong bowing, finding harmonics between the strings and from the instrument itself, creating beautiful passages in a mirage of engulfing deep timbre.

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Label: Umlaut Records
Catalog ID: umfr-cd27
Squidco Product Code: 26226

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve with insert
Recorded at Atelier Polonceau Thomas-Roudeix, in Paris, France, on May 20th, 2017 by Sebastien Beliah.


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track listing:

1. Nocturne N1 22:58

2. Nocturne N2 18:51
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Sounds. Only sounds inhabit the space. Sometimes they meet each other, sometimes they are travelling alone through this space, Describing slowly the geography of the instrument that is producing them.

Since he started playing the double bass, Sebastien Beliah has always tried to invent his own music with his instrument. That's why, beside his work in different jazz or improvised music ensembles, he always kept a place, one by one with his instrument, where he can develop his personal ideas.

From there was born Nocturnes. Pieces with simple appearance and refined profiles, in order to invite the listener to hear the infinite nook of the sound of the double bass."-Umlaut

Artist Biographies:

"Sébastien Beliah is a Paris-based double bass player and composer. His work is mainly focused on improvisation and oral composition (R.mutt), relationship between composed music and improvisation (Ensemble Hodos), and jazz (Umlaut big band, The Coquettes, Un poco loco). As a double bass player, Sébastien Beliah has performed solo pieces from Hans-Joachim Hespos, James Tenney or Kenneth Gaburo among others. He is also doing improvised solo performance. As a composer, his pieces has been performed by musicians like Félicie Bazelaire, Pierre Borel, Hannes Lingens or the large ensemble ONCEIM. Sébastien Beliah is also deeply involved in the field of education, and teach double bass, jazz and improvisation at the Conservatoire de Reims."

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