Soyeusement - Live In Noirlac (2012)

Young, Godard, Murgia, Swallow

Michel Godard

Michel Godard is a “dream-walker” between epochs and cultures. He belonged to the innermost core of the “Folklore Imaginaire” with Louis Sclavis and Valentin Clastrier and played for many years with Rabih Abou-Khalil, the Lebanese oud player’s band. He loves the adaptation of Renaissance and Baroque melodies while performing as the tuba player of choice in experimental jazz bands.  Godard’s own music reflects all of these worlds and times. He improvises his path through the imaginary and transforms space where visions can come true. Years ago, he found such a space in the medieval Castle del Monte in Apulia, a mysterious building brimming with the past and future. That is where Michel Godard let Renaissance and jazz musically meet as if it were the most natural thing in the world. (...) 

- Hans-Jurgen Schaal (Translation by Joe Grand)
from: Liner Notes

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Michel Godard

Michel Godard (3 October 1960, Héricourt, near Belfort, France) is a French avant-garde jazz and classical musician. He plays tuba and the predecessor of the tuba, a brass instrument known as the serpent. At 18, Godard was a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio-France. He has also been member of the French National Jazz Orchestra and the Arban Chamber Brass quintet, and has played with the Ensemble Musique Vivante, the ancient music Ensemble La Venice and "XVIII-21Musique de Lumieres".

Godard has participated in projects with Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Enrico Rava, Michael Riessler, Horace Tapscott, Christof Lauer, Kenny Wheeler, Ray Anderson, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Sylvie Courvoisier, Simon Nabatov, Linda Sharrock, Pierre Favre, Misha Mengelberg, Gianluigi Trovesi, Willem Breuker, Gabriele Mirabassi, the ARTE Quartett and more recently in a quartet with co-tubist Dave Bargeron.

His album Three Seasons (HGBS, 2014) with Günter "Baby" Sommer and Patrick Bebelaar was awarded Album of the Year 2014 by The New York City Jazz Record. The album Stupor Mundi (DML, 2015) with Patrick Bebelaar, Vincent Klink, Gavino Murgia and Carlo Rizzo was awarded the German Record Critics' Award.

Godard has also played and recorded with the pipeband of the Brittany town Quimper, with reggae star Alpha Blondy, and with Canterbury rock musicians John Greaves and Pip Pyle.

As a composer, he has been commissioned by Radio France, Donaueschingen Music Festival, and the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

photo: from booklet sds0015

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Soyeusement - Live In Noirlac (2012)

Young, Godard, Murgia, Swallow

Michel Godard

Analog Tape Machine: Studer A810 Tape Recorder, Studer A80 Tape Machine
Digital Converters: Playback Designs Pinot Analog to DSD 256 Converter
Mastering Engineer: Dirk Sommer - Direct Analog to DSD 256 Stereo Transfer of the Analog Master Tape
Microphones: Josephson 716 (Serpent), Microtech Gefell UM 70S Cardioid (Semi Acoustic Bass Guitar), AKG Solid Tube (Bass Amp), Rode NTK (Vocals), AKG 414 Cardioid (Saxophone), MBHO 603 A/KA 200N (Violin), Nordic Audio Labs Black Pearl (Theorbo)
Monitoring Room: SPL Phonitor, Grapevine Headamp 4, Beyer Dynamic Headphones, Amphion Loudspeakers, Bryson 2B-LP Amp, Summit Audio FE-Q50 Tube Equalizers, Acousta P100, Lumenwhite Diamond Light Loudspeakers, Brinkmann Amp, PS Audio Power Plant
Notes:

RECORDED ON SUNDAY THE 5TH OF JUNE 2011 BY DIRK SOMMER AND BIRGIT HAMMER-SOMMER AT THE ABBEY OF NOIRLAC IN THE MIDDLE OF FRANCE (WWW.ABBAYEDENOIRLAC.FR) WITH A JOSEPHSON 716 FOR SERPENT, A MICROTECH GEFELL UM 70 S (CARDIOID) IN FRONT OF THE SEMI-ACOUSTIC BASS-GUITAR, AN AKG SOLIDTUBE IN FRONT OF THE BASS-AMP, A RØDE NTK FOR VOICE, AN AKG 414 (CARDIOID) FOR SAXOPHONE, A MBHO 603 A/KA 200 N FOR VIOLIN AND A NORDIC AUDIO LABS BLACK PEARL FOR THEORBO ON A STUDER A810 TAPE RECORDER. MIXED ON LOCATION ON AN ACOUSTA P100 ANALOG DESK TO TWO TRACKS. MONITORED BY SPL PHONITOR, GRAPEVINE HEADAMP 4, BEYERDYNAMIC HEADPHONES AND AMPHION SPEAKERS DRIVEN BY A BRYSTON 2B-LP. ALL EQUIPMENT POWERED BY A PS AUDIO POWER PLANT. MASTERED AT SOMMELIER DU SON'S LISTENING ROOM BY DIRK SOMMER USING SUMMIT AUDIO'S FE-Q50 TUBE EQUALIZERS AND A ACOUSTA P100 TO A STUDER A80. MONITORED BY LUMENWHITE DIAMONDLIGHT SPEAKERS DRIVEN BY BRINKMANN AMPLIFICATION. ALL EQUIPMENT POWERED BY A PS AUDIO POWER PLANT. NO ARTIFICIAL REVERB HAS BEEN USED THROUGHOUT THIS PRODUCTION. COVER ART BY GRAPHIQUE.TIMETOBEAT.COM, DORTMUND, GERMANY. PHOTOS BY BIRGIT HAMMER-SOMMER. MICHEL GODARD PLAYS WETTERBERGER SERPENT, YAMAHA BASS AND VOVOX CABLES. PRODUCED BY SOMMELIER DU SON, GROEBENZELL, GERMANY, WWW.SOMMELIER-DU-SON.COM

Producer: Sommelier du Son: Dirk Sommer & Birgit Hammer-Sommer
Recording Engineer: Birgit Hammer-Sommer and Dirk Sommer
Recording location: The Abbey of Noirlac, in the middle of France
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog

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Les Effets De Manche
Swallow
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Pane Caiente
Murgia
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Gorropu
Murgia
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A Trace Of Grace
Godard
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Soyeusement
Godard
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Arret Sur Image
Godard
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Villa Erba
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