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The ZNRarchive Box [4 CDs]

ZNR: The ZNRarchive Box [4 CDs] (Recommended Records)

ZNR, the French trio of Hector Zazou, Joseph Racaille, and Patrick Portella, in a deluxe box set combining both of the official ZNR releases, "Barricades III" and "Traite de Mechanique Populaire" along with 2 CDs of additional released and unreleased material and a book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia.

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UPC: 752725039222

Label: Recommended Records
Squidco Product Code: 28561

Format: 4 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: UK
Packaging: Box Set - 4 CDs w/ 60 page booklet
CD1 recorded at Studio Gilly Bell, Ventabren, Bouches du Rhone, France in January, 1976.

CD2 recorded at Mannderly Studios in Feucherolles, France, in 1977.

CD3 tracks 3-1 to 3-32 recorded at ADS Studios, in Vanves, France, in 1982.

CD3 track 33 recorded at the Frigo Palace, in February 1986.

CD3 tracks 34 to 39 recorded in Paris on the 10th, 11th and 14th of June, 1982.

CD4 tracks 1 to 4, 8, and 9 recorded at the Merlan in May 1977.

CD4 track 5 recorded at the Merlan in January, 1977.

CD4 track 6 recorded at the Frigo Palace, in Paris, France, circa 1987.

CD4 tracks 4-7 recorded live at Pignet de Rohan, La Ciotat, France circa May, 1975.

CD4 track 10 recorded at the Manderly Studios, Feucherolles, late 1977.


Joseph Racaille-keyboards, piano, voice

Norbert Aboudarham-accordion

David Rueff-alto saxophone, flute

Lionel Dublanchet-alto saxophone

Helene Bass-cello

Laurent Estoppey-cello

Giuseppe Racaglie-choir

Gustave Beck-chorus master

Patrick Portella-clarinet

Manfred Le Lalo-clarinet, tenor saxophone, bandoneon

Francois Ducroux-double bass

Fred The Vicomte Electrique-guitar

Harvey Neneux-guitar

Hector Zazou-keyboards, bass

Bruno Girard-violin

Edmond Isrealievitch-violin

Remi Demillac-violin

Humphrey Neneux-voice

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"Joseph Racaille (real name Étienne Crubellier) is a French musician, singer, author, composer and arranger. He has notably worked for Alain Bashung, Christophe Miossec, Olivia Ruiz and Thomas Fersen. He signed the music for several choreographies by Philippe Decouflé and in particular for the opening ceremony of the Albertville Olympic Games.

His personal work is somewhere between song, classical music and experimental music. During an interview for Planeta in 1985 , Joseph Racaille enrolled in popular, accessible music, but he sought to "surprise" and "do something else", he set up two points of reference: Robert Wyatt and Moondog.

He was part of ZNR with Hector Zazou, Des Dignes Dindons with Tony Truant, Cyril LeFebvre and Ernie Brooks, and contributed to the development of Hawaiian music in France by co-founding the Ukulélé Club de Paris with Cyril LeFebvre and Brad Scott.

Joseph Racaille is a pioneer in self-production. In 1985, he co-founded with Bruno Girard (de Bratsch) APASACA (Association For Aid And Support To Audacious Creators). The first record produced in 1988 is "notes de voyages" by the Bratsch group which, until its dissolution, thus self-produced all of its records as well as its tours."

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After studying saxophone at the "Conservatory of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he received in 1994, a concert license (master of arts soloist) Swiss saxophonist established in Greensboro in 2010, Laurent Estoppey, devoted himself mostly to contemporary music, but performs and teaches classic saxophone repertoire and transcriptions of baroque music.

Numerous collaborations with composers have led him to create at least one hundred works. Now his musical activity is divided between written music and improvisation, and it occurs throughout Switzerland, many European countries, but also in Canada, USA, Argentina, Guatemala and South Africa.

He works with the following orchestras: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Orchestra (from 2008 to the present, conducted by Marek Janowski, Kazuki Yamada...), Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (1998 to the present (Christian Zacharias...) Basel Symphony, UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra (1999 James Levine) Timisoara, Orchestra of the State of Lithuania, Lausanne Sinfonietta, NEC - Chaux-de- Fonds-Contrechamps Geneva, Staatskapelle Weimar (2010, Heinz Holliger)

Estoppey has founded and developed several chamber music groups including: DILEMME (saxophone / piano with Myriam Migani), ST15 (saxophone / piano with Virginie Falquet) DEGRE21 (saxophone / guitar with Antonio Albanese), 1+1 (duo- concept Anne Gillot, recorders), compagnie CH.AU (set of nine musicians) and the 4TENORS (saxophone quartet with Vincent Daoud, Rico Gubler and Lars Mlekusch). A collaboration with saxophonist Dr.Steve Stusek (professor at UNCG) as well as the foundation of COLLAPSS (Collective for Happy Sounds) in Greensboro are his main activities in the United States. Additionally he is regularly invited to play with the saxophone quartet Basel ARTE Quartet and is a member of baBel ensemBle.

His improvisational collaborations involve meetings and concerts with musicians from all backgrounds. Many groups he has worked with are still alive today, including: HipNoiz51 (DJ, drums, saxophone, clarinet, bass and electronics) BETTY'S QUARTET (two saxophones, two voices Antoine Auberson, Anne-Sylvie Casagrande and Edmée Fleury), YET TRIO (Lingling Yu, pipa and Dragos Tara, doublebass), and Zkrabuj et chou et pâté (saxophone / percussion with LucMüller)

Estoppey as also worked alongside many independant musicians such as Jacques Demierre, Pierre Favre, Pierre Audétat, Malcolm Braff, Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Nick Didkovsky.

He is a guest musician of the Russian theatrical troupe Akhe with whom the show "Wet Wedding" was presented in Geneva, Nice, London, Stockholm, and Mexico.

His discography includes sixteen recordings

His interest in all contemporary arts has led him to collaborate with many artists in interdisciplinary projects including, among others, projects with Georges Haldas (literature), Olivier Saudan (painting and video), Francis Baudevin Stephan Perrinjaquet, Tatiana Rihs, Claudia Comte, Christopher Cassidy, Samantha DiRosa (visual arts) Heidi Bunting, Christine Cruchon, Brianna Taylor (dance), Gil Pidoux (literature and theater).

As an educator, Estoppey used to teach saxophone from beginners to master students for around twenty years in many music schools in Switzerland. He is regularly invited to lead improvisation workshops for musicians of all levels and all instruments, as well as saxophone, improvisation and contemporary music masterclasses.

He has a real passion to share his love for art and music with children as well as teenagers and adults.

As a composer, Estoppey writes music for concerts, but also sound installation and video art.

His piece NFM for saxophone ensemble was recently performed by UNCG saxophone studio and UNCSAx Ensemble.""

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"Patrick Portella, Born in 1953, Lives and works in Marseille.

Clarinet and electroacoustic composition studies at the National Conservatory of Marseille.

Composer at the National Center for Musical Creation Gmem since 1981.

He participated in the early 80s in the emergence of the Post-Modern movement with several compilations including Miniatures (with Gavin BRYARS, Michaël NYMAN, THE RESIDENTS...) and collaborated with Joseph RACAILLE for Les flots bleus ( Recommed Records).

Since 1987, he has been particularly interested in the meeting of traditional music / contemporary music, spoken and sung texts, sea conch, musical theater.

Haiti, New Caledonia, Crete, Indonesia, South India, the Marquesas Islands, Bengal, Thailand, Benares, Cambodia...

Several stays to listen to the language and write after tradition, Hélé, Agoué-agoué, The massacre of the Eletok, Caterina, Matjapat songs, Les Rêveries de la Résonance, Flee over there fleeing, Between time and eternity, Chronicles of Siam, A final outbreak, Angkor released from the forest...

Numerous concerts in France and abroad, notably in Lyon (Nuits Electroacoustiques du Grame), Nice (Festival Manca 1988), Reims (Festival Musiques de Traverses 1984), Linz (Festival Ars Eletronica 1986), Haiti (Port-au- Prince 1989), Berlin (Festival Inventionnen 1992) Cagliari (Festival Spaziomusica 1993), Marseille (Festival Musiques 92, 94, 96, 98, 2000), Paris (Salle O. Messiaen 1996 / Théâtre du Lierre 2003 / Cité de la Musique 2004 ), Indonesia (tour 1998) Grenoble (38 e Rugissants 2001/2002) India (tour 2003), Brazil (2003-2004), Netherlands (Musica Sacrae 2007) Cambodia (tour 2008)."

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"Hector Zazou (July 11, 1948 - September 8, 2008) was a prolific French composer and record producer who worked with, produced, and collaborated with an international array of recording artists. He worked on his own and other artists' albums, including Sandy Dillon, Mimi Goese, Barbara Gogan, Sevara Nazarkhan, Carlos Núñez, Italian group PGR, Anne Grete Preus, Laurence Revey, and Sainkho since 1976.

Zazou first came to international attention as part of the ZNR duo with Joseph Racaille, where both played electric keyboards. Their 1976 debut album Barricade 3 was notable for its "strong Satie influence, stripped to minimal essentials, everything counts".

Long-time collaborators include trumpeter Mark Isham; guitarist Lone Kent; cellist and singer Caroline Lavelle; trumpeter Christian Lechevretel, who has appeared on all of Zazou's albums after Sahara Blue; clarinetist and flutist Renaud Pion, who has appeared on all of Zazou's albums since Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses; drummer Bill Rieflin; and Japanese recording artist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

His discography demonstrates his affinity for cross-cultural collaborations, and incorporated modern techniques and sounds in re-recordings of traditional material. He was influenced by Peter Gabriel's album Passion: Music for The Last Temptation of Christ in his fusion of musical polarities (traditional and modern, electronic and acoustic) on his own album Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses.

His groundbreaking 1983 album Noir et blanc (recorded with Congolese singer Bony Bikaye) garnered a lot of international attention, and is widely recognized as one of the earliest and most impressive experiments in fusing African and electronic music.

Zazou regarded his work during the 1980s as his time of apprenticeship in the studio. On his 1986 album, Reivax au Bongo, he experimented with fusing classical vocals with an electronic backdrop. On his 1989 album, Géologies, he combined electronic music with a string quartet.

The albums that he has released under his own name from the 1990s onwards are usually concept albums that draw from literary or folk sources and revolve around a specific theme. The collection of songs on each album assemble contributions from a diverse and global range of pop, folk, world music, avant-garde, and classical recording acts.

Zazou's 1992 offering, Sahara Blue, was based on an idea by Jacques Pasquier. Pasquier suggested Zazou commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of author Arthur Rimbaud by setting music to Rimbaud's poetry. Contributions included spoken word from Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Dalcan and music by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, Tim Simenon, and David Sylvian. He even adapted a traditional Ethiopian song.

In 1994, he released the album Chansons des mers froides (called Songs from the Cold Seas for the anglophone market). The album was based on ocean-themed traditional folk songs from northern countries, such as Canada, Finland, Iceland, and Japan. It featured vocals by pop and rock artists such as Björk, Suzanne Vega, John Cale, Värttina, Jane Siberry, and Siouxsie Sioux in addition to recordings of shamanic incantations and lullabies from Ainu, Nanai, Inuit, and Yakut singers. Musicians included Mark Isham, Brendan Perry, Budgie and the Balanescu Quartet. A cameraman accompanied Zazou on the project and they shot and recorded in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Japan, Scandinavia, and Siberia. The single "The Long Voyage" was the only song to be an original composition from Zazou. He wrote it in gratitude to his record company Sony who gave him complete artistic liberty. Performed by Suzanne Vega and John Cale, it was released as a single in 1995. The single featured remixes by Mad Professor as well as Zazou himself.

His 1998 album, Lights in the Dark, showcased ancient Celtic music sung by Irish singers.

Zazou's collaborative 2000 album 12 (Las Vegas Is Cursed) with Sandy Dillon was regarded as a financial and critical failure. In the book "Sonora Portraits 2", which accompanies the CD Strong Currents, Zazou says that 12 (Las Vegas Is Cursed) was his most elaborate album. He describes it as a work of black humour and regards his instrumental composition "Sombre" on the album as one of his best songs ever.

Strong Currents was released in 2003 and featured an all-female vocal cast which included Laurie Anderson, Melanie Gabriel, Lori Carson, Lisa Germano, Irene Grandi, Nina Hynes, Jane Birkin, and Caroline Lavelle. Musicians included Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dennis Rea, Bill Rieflin and Archaea Strings. The album took six years to complete.

In 2004 Zazou released a companion CD of sorts, L'absence, which included instrumentals, many of the same female vocalists that were featured on Strong Currents, and one male vocalist, French singer Edo.

Zazou was a member of the musical collective named Slow Music. The lineup also included Robert Fripp and Peter Buck on guitars, Fred Chalenor on bass, Matt Chamberlain on drums, and Bill Rieflin on keyboards and percussion. He contributed electronics to the group's music. At the same time, he was exploring other electronic music in other work, including a soundtrack for Carl Theodor Dreyer's silent film La passion de Jeanne d'Arc and the multimedia collaboration released as a CD in 2006, Quadri+Chromies.

Zazou's last projects are documented on the Music Operator interactive multimedia web site, which graphically documents his collaborations while in the background his music plays. In January 2008 Hector Zazou released his Corps électriques album, featuring "one of the original riot grrrls" KatieJane Garside, Bill Rieflin, Lone Kent and nu-jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær.

The last project he worked on is an album entitled In the House of Mirrors, on Crammed Discs, in which he offered a new take on classical Asian music, subtly reprocessed with a nod to some of the music produced in the '70s by Terry Riley and Fripp & Eno. In the House of Mirrors was recorded in Mumbai with the collaboration of four outstanding instrumentalists from India and Uzbekistan, as well as guests such as Diego Amador and Nils Petter Molvær. This album came out only a few weeks following his death in September 2008."

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Bruno Girard is a French violinist, known for the groups Bratsch, Double Face, L'Arme A L'Oeil, Les Chatelet, Texture Sextet, The Celestrial Communication Orchestra.

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track listing:


1. Espelisoun D'Uno Ribambello D'Evenimen Espetaclous Valentin Bilot 1:26

2. Armistice Couronne De Feuillages 2:29

3. Le Grand Compositeur Vu De Face 3:03

4. Saynete 3:38

5. Editioun Especialo D'Uno Griho De Jardin 5:38

6. Annie La Telie 3:10

7. Naave Description De La Formation D'Un Sentiment 2:06

8. Avril En Suede 1:35

9. Proumier Assai Per S'Amourousis D'Un Moustre... Sera Suivi De Biens D'Autres 1:36 10. Trop De Douceur Ou Les Trois Soeurs: 2e Soeur 0:42

11. L'Armoire ...Devait Faire Partie D'Une Trilogie Intitulee 'Trois Rayons De Lune En 12. Plein Jour'/Le Grand Compositeur Vu De Dos 1:43

12. Boston Mexicain 3:57

13. La Pointe De Tes Seins Est Comme Un Petale De Pavot 9:11

14. Solo Un Dia 3:01

15. La Vieio Mostro: Part II 1:57


1. Ancien Automate Mexicain 1:56

2. Ecorcherie Romantique Pour Cœur Fele 1:44

3. Enchevetrement Desordonne 3:22

4. Alia Lasse 19 2:25

5. La Vieille Montre 1:45

6. Tout Debout 1:17

7. Printemps Au Jardin Potager Vu D'En Haut 1:07

8. Triste Prose Et Vieux Billards 0:59

9. Garden Party 2:02

10. Chanson Triste Pour Faire Danser Les Petites Filles 2:10

11. Nu Au Bain 1:00

12. Serenade Italienne 1 0:57

13. Serenade Italienne 2 0:52

14. Trou De Ble 1:59

15. Vieille Chanson Irlandaise 1:13

16. Memoire D'Un Chien 3:07

17. Printemps Au Jardin Potager Vu D'En Bas 1:10

18. Un Veritable Monstre A Musique/Deux Pieces Elementaires Pour Piano Et Un Prelude 0:53

19. Retourne A Melbourne 0:14

20. Retourne A L'Ecole 0:24

21. Prelude A La Graisse De Phoque 0:53

22. Le Fils Du Grand Compositeur 2:14


1. Chorale 0:36

2. A Madrid 1:01

3. Un De Perdu 0:33

4. Hors Concours 0:38

5. Igor 1:06

6. Jamais Deux Sans Trois 1:15

7. A Paris 0:40

8. On Ne Peut Plus Compter Sur Ses Doigts 0:50

9. A Bientot 1:05

10. Panne D'Essence 1:13

11. Dernieres Volontes 0:56

12. Ali Baba Et Tous Les Voleurs 1:22

13. Sous Les Écoutilles 1:51

14. Chacun De Son Cote 2:05

15. Un 0:18

16. Deux 0:34

17. Retourne A Melbourne 0:38

18. Retourne A L'Ecole 1:25

19. Trois 0:29

20. Quatre 0:30

21. La Douche 3:00

22. Cinq 0:13

23. Vieil Hawaii 1:04

24. Six 0:20

25. Sept 0:27

26. On Ne Peut Plus Compter Sur Ses Doigts 0:50

27. Valse 1 1:29

28. Valse 2 1:12

29. Valse 3 1:05

30. Huit 0:17

31.Neuf 0:36

32. Prefugue Et Lude 4:24

33. Pegase 1:29

34. Nous Sommes Des Animaux 0:55

35. Bientôt, Une Fin 5:01

36. Annie La Telie 2:37

37. Solo Un Dia 3:02

38. Une Jolie Paire 2:54

39. A Personne En Particulier 2:13


1. Pepe's Blues 1:38

2. Ferreto 1 1:22

3. Memoires D'Un Chien 1:34

4. Energy Zero 2:00

5. Les Faineants 3:41

6. Elle Guru 3:48

7. Les Enfants Du Piree 8:29

8. Sept Notes 2:37

9. Hommage AuMusicien De Bal Inconnu 0:28

10. Croisière Aux Caraibes 5:59


1. L'Armoire 0:58

2. Oligophone 1:17

3. Ca A Rate 1:15

4. Garden Party 2:00

5. Edition Speciale D'Une Grille De Jardin 2:34

6. Trop De Douceur Ou Les Trois Soeurs 1:18

7. Memoire(s) D'Un Chien 2:05

8. A Personne En Particulier 2:37

9. Croisiere Aux Caraibe 3:15

10. Le Fils Du Grand Compositeur 9:42

11. Ballade D'Hypo 3:37
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"Both original ZNR releases Barricades III and Traite de Mechanique Populaire plus two extra CDs covering all the extra released and a great deal of unreleased material from the band's short career. With a definitive book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia from the group's brief but extraordinary career and contemporary commentaries by alumni Joseph Racaille and Patrick Portella.

Although the band had a very short life and hardly ever performed live, its three main protagonists all went on to rewarding and unusual careers:

Hector Zazou — His groundbreaking 1983 album Noir et is widely recognized as one of the earliest and most impressive experiments in fusing African and electronic music. Worked with, amongst others Bjork, Suzanne Vega, John Cale, Varttina, Jane Siberry, and Siouxsie Sioux.

Joseph Racaille — Now writes for theatre, dance, television and film - and is an arranger for inc. Kate St John (95-97) Arthur H (90-97) Dick Annegarn (97-2008) Bashung (97-99)., as well as being a member of a number of performing groups. He composed music for the Olympic ceremonies, and has written operas, orchestral works, compositions for choir and songs for various groups and singers

Patrick Portella — associate composer with the G.M.E.M. prolific in theatre, the Plastic Arts, sound design and installation work."-Recommended Records

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