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Solal, Claudia / Benoit Delbecq: Hope Town (RogueArt)

French vocalist Claudia Solal provides the lyrics--sung-spoken narratives, prose and poetic forms--performed with pianist Benoit Delbecq, who uses internal preparations and a variety of creative approaches to keys, both intricate and melodic, setting the fascinating and insightful stories that Solal spiels; a wonderful union of instrument and word.

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Includes 8 page attached booklent of lyrics and liner notes.

UPC: 3760131270945

Label: RogueArt
Catalog ID: ROG-0094
Squidco Product Code: 28362

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: France
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at PlushSpace/Bureau de Son, in Paris, France, in March, 2018, by Benoit Delbecq.


Claudia Solal-vocal

Benoit Delbecq-piano

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Artist Biographies:

"For over 20 years, Claudia Solal has never stopped accentuating the singularity of a deeply original world, to the point of asserting herself today as one of the most precious singers of the most innovative musical scenes. While mastering tradition to perfection, she is in constant search of new territories where the artistic expression is not dependent on a stylistic code. Claudia Solal appears on stage in France and Europe, through Asia and the United States, on prestigious venues and festivals. Her numerous collaborations and singular artistic experiences played a large part in building a unique and captivating vocal language, at the crossroads of written material and improvised songs, off shore songs, as she calls them. Voice phenomenon, they say, she "mixes erudition and freshness, the unusual and a discreet exultation" (Fara C.).

Singer, songwriter, improviser, Claudia Solal was born in the Paris suburbs in a family of artists. Daughter of painter Anna Solal, and pianist and composer Martial Solal, grand-daughter of scottish and russian painters Una Maclean Grégoire Michonze, she begins playing the piano at the age of 6 at the Conservatory of Ville d'Avray. At the age of 18, she starts a classical vocal technique training with Christine Demangel. She studies jazz with Pierrick Hardy, Laurence Saltiel, Christiane Legrand, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Werner, François Theberge, and very soon forms various duets, trios, quartets of her own and performs on stage. She also studies theater, photography, african percussions, indonesian gamelan and tap dance."

-Claudia Solal Website (

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"Benoît Delbecq was born in St Germain en Laye (F), June 6, 1966. He lives in Bondy, near Paris. A dreamer and an adventurer in music, pianist/composer/producer Benoît Delbecq has been one of the activists of Hask (1992-2004) and Astrolab (1994-1999), two Paris-based cutting-edge jazz/improv collectives that have contributed to significantly revitalize the french creative music scene around the club Instants Chavirés in Montreuil/Paris. His music and projects include works for theater, dance, litterature, visual arts and motion pictures, that are being regularly invited by major festivals worldwide. He has released about 35 records as a leader or co-leader among a discography of more than a hundred discs.

Anchored in both jazz history as well as in aesthetical stakes of today's new musics, Delbecq's works are world-widely acclaimed since the early nineties. He is a renown specialist for a personal and polymetric approach of "prepared piano", and has also an regular activity in the electronic department. His works are experimenting a blend of improvisation and composition in which he reveals a rich pallet of sounds, enlightened by stratas of multiple momentums, articulations and seemingly floating harmonies. Inspired by alternative urban musical experiments and electronic music adventures, he also improvises a personal approach of drum'n bass and ambient.

Benoît was awarded 'Prix jeunes affiches de la SACEM' in 1995 with group KARTET, prix de la Villa Médicis Hors-les-murs 2001 for his first solo piano recording " Nu-Turn " (Songlines, 2003), was awarded with the fellowship of Civitella Fundation (New York, 2009), was awarded in 2010 a double Grand Prix International du Disque (Académie Charles Cros, the French Grammy Awards), and his trio CD "The Sixth Jump " (Songlines) was listed in the New York Times top ten jazz/pop records of 2010. His works for the Fred Hersch/Benoît Delbecq FUN HOUSE double trio (premiered and recorded in May 2012, to be released FEB 2013) have recently received the French Ministère de la Culture " Commande d'Etat " funding. Recently he was commissioned by JAZZTOPAD Festival in Wroclaw (Poland) for a new piece for the Lutoslawski String Quartet and two improvisers (Miles Perkin on bass and himself on piano)."

-Benoit Delbecq Website (

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track listing:

1. Inner Otherness (3:59)

2. Burning Green (3:35)

3. Low Voltage (4:51)

4. Euphoria (4:30)

5. No Sake Tonight (5:01)

6. How Strange the Moon Seems (3:37)

7. Winter Garden (4:20)

8. Ultimate Embrace (3:26)

9. In the Small of my Back (4:42)
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"Like any modern artists aware of their predecessors Solal and Delbecq are provocative echoes of the past. Rather than comparing their work to that of masterly duos it might be more interesting to see them as a link in a chain of imaginary encounters. Think Abbey Lincoln and Myra Melford, or Sidsel Endresen and Mal Waldron, or Laurie Anderson and Anthony Davis. All the aforementioned were driven by no-compromise creativity and sense of purpose. Solal and Delbecq have found their own seats in this virtual pantheon. Yet Hopetown remains as real a space as one may dare to enter."-Kevin Le Gendre, liner notes

Includes 8 page attached booklent of lyrics and liner notes.
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