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Ceccaldi, Valentin (w/ Ziemniak / Ottervanger / Lopes): Bonbon Flamme (Clean Feed)

A wild, fun, inventive and musically impressive ride from French cellist Valentin Ceccaldi quartet with Etienne Ziemniak on drums, Fulco Ottervanger on piano & keyboards and Luis Lopes on guitar, a unique set of jazz, psychedelic and almost circus music, where the listener is never quite certain what's around the corner but constantly amazed at what they hear.

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UPC: 5609063006414

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF641CD
Squidco Product Code: 33472

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Le Petit Faucheux, in Tours, France, On February 1sta nd 2nd, 2023, by Matthieu Metzger.


Etienne Ziemniak-drums, voice

Fulco Ottervanger-piano, keyboards, voice

Luis Lopes-guitar

Valentin Ceccaldi-cello

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"Valentin Ceccaldi (cello) created a most unique spectral quartet when he conceived the idea of the music to be played and invited Etienne Ziemniak (drums, voice), Fulco Ottervanger (piano, keyboards) and Luis Lopes (guitar). The four of them make a very unlikely band with very unlikely results and to be honest this is the magic over it. Uncategorized improvised music that runs through jazz and psychedelic sounds, Bonbon Flamme is a delight!

"It's about colors and intensity here.

The cellist Valentin Ceccaldi invites three of the most singular and creative musicians of the European improvised music scene; the explosive drums of Etienne Ziemniak, the incandescent guitar of Luis Lopes and the rainbow keyboards of Fulco Ottervanger. Together they create a music of surprise: solar, powerful and generous.

The composition "Bonbon Flamme", a sort of symphonic poem that names this album and the band, is an agglomeration of notes, words and drawings skillfully built, allowing each one to spread out, like a flower in spring, within a piece of music in which each personality is essential to the other.

This record is a kind of a self-portrait, with four voices, pulverising references then recomposing them with bright colors and a commitment of body and spirit cherished by the four builders.

Bonbon Flamme is a delight.

A fluorescent, raging and burning delight."-Clean Feed

Artist Biographies

Étienne Ziemniak is a French drummer and percussionist. Influenced by jazz and improvisation, he joined the jazz school in Tours and then the jazz class of Guillaume De Chassy. He has been a member of the groups Carnalisme, Cécile Cappozzo Trio, Electric Vocuhila, Mange Ferraille, The West Lines, Théo Ceccaldi Freaks, and Vocuhila.

-Squidco 9/27/2023

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"Fulco Ottervanger is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and improvisor. He studied cello from the age of seven. During his childhood, he taught himself to play piano, followed by guitar, bass guitar and drums. He has been writing, performing and recording songs and compositions since a young age.

His first piano teacher was Jozef Dumoulin. At the conservatory he was teached by Erik Vermeulen and Pierre Vaiana. After graduating as a jazz pianist, he studied modern classical composition with Frank Nuyts.

Fulco is composer and frontman of jazz trio De Beren Gieren and krautpop band Stadt.

Side projects are BeraadGeslagen and SH.TG.N. He is also involved in theatre, dance and spoken word projects."

-Jazz in Belgium (

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"Averse to any linearity, the idiosyncratic Luís Lopes, a musician connected to Jazz, improvised and experimental music, has been building his career, a simple and singular story, characterised by a unique voice, free of corsets, formal ties or constraints and mannerisms regarding strict stilistical implications. He is an unfollower... experiments himself through paradoxes. Invokes teachings by following standards of subversion to any possibility of pre-established idea. Eminent self-subversion... Introspective timeless trance.

Running Multi-international groups, especially his Humanization 4tet (with Portuguese Rodrigo Amado and Texan's Aaron and Stefan Gonzalez), Lisbon Berlin Trio (with Germans Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann), and his "Noise" or "Love Song(s)" Solos, plus his highly recommended records he is growing as an international artist, playing at important Festivals and venues not just in Portugal but in Europe and U.S.

Coming from a rock/punk and blues background, while studying at local classic and rock schools, he began studying Jazz at Hot Club Portugal School and then was finalist at Escola de Jazz do Barreiro/Lisbon. Then did studies with Saxophonist Joe Giardullo who opened for him the doors of modern jazz harmony complexity through the George Russell's "Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization", plunging Lopes into the world of improvised and experimental music, without disregard for his fascination with distorion and guitar feedbacks, expressed in different incursions into noise music, while also canalizes energys towards projects where he can develop his composing abilities.

In more recent times, Lopes has played and / or recorded with different artists connected to jazz and improvised music, such as Noel Akchoté, Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann, Marco Von Orelly, Marc Unternahrer, Adam Lane, Igal Foni, Floros Floridis, Joe Giardulo, Harvey Sorgen, Benjamin Duboc, Phill Niblock, Ernesto Rodrigues, Paulo Curado, Sei Miguel, Rodrigo Amado, Hernâni Faustino, Gabriel Ferrandini, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Miguel Mira, Aaron Gonzalez, Stefan Gonzalez, Dennis Gonzalez, Elliot Levin, Alfred Hart, Daniel Levin, Reuben Radding, Daniel Carter, Jeb Bishop, Josh Abrams, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Samuel Blaser, Boris Hauf, Evan Parker, Olivier Benoit, Fred Lomberg-holm, Valentin Ceccaldi, Gonçalo Almeida, among many others."

-Luis Lopes Website (

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Valentin Ceccaldi, born on February 3, 1989, is a French cellist, bass player, composer and improviser. He had the opportunity to study with Raphaële Semezis, Florian Lauridon, Joëlle Léandre, Vincent Courtois, Elise Dabrowski, Pascal Contet, PRINT and Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer. He is known for his own groups, and Chamber 4, Deux Maisons, Durio Zibethinus, EAT, Flo&Co, Grand Orchestre Du Tricot, Guillotine, In Love With, Joëlle Léandre 10, Kut, La Scala (2), Lent, Marcel Et Solange, MilesDavisQuintet!, Pelouse, Points), Qöölp, Théo Ceccaldi Freaks, Théo Ceccaldi Trio, Toons, and Walabix.

-Valentin Ceccaldi Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Inside The Shrimp Cocktail 04:11

2. Shake The Egg Incantation 02:21

3. Ritournelle 06:36

4. La Lalala La "Grandiose" 00:22

5. Bonn. Bonn? 04:18

6. From Broken Bones To Open Egg Celebration 04:39

7. Stars And Nails 01:03

8. Hammer On The Nails 03:49

9. Chanson 00:05

10. L'amour De Saint Valentin 03:17

11. A Static Elephant, Floating In The Universe 01:59

12. International Anthem En Forme De Bonbon Flamme 10:17

13. De Zon, De Nuit 09:49

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