I’m drawn to outsider art. Adolf Wölfli, Martin Ramírez, Bill Traylor, and Henry Darger set my mind on fire. So its no wonder I’m drawn to the music of Ghédalia Tazartès which strikes me as being about as out as out gets.
Tazartès voice was his instrument, he passed in February of this year from lung and liver cancer, and he discovered it after his grandmother died – The story goes that Tazartès went into the woods, dug a hole, and then sang so loudly that the ducks on the lake began to shake – according to Sasha Frere-Jones.
La chute de l’ange, which consists of one 35:28 track, was recorded live at Eglise St-Merry, Paris, 2019 and features Tazartès on vocals, Tibetan bowl and bells, Jérôme Lorichon on Buchla synthesizer, effects, and trumpet, and Quentin Rollet on alto and sopranino saxophones.
Back in high school, I got interested in religions. Not as a practitioner, but as a matter of study. This led me to, among other things like Transcendental Meditation, the album Tibetan Buddhism: The Ritual Orchestra And Chants, released as part of the Nonesuch Explorer Series in 1976. I remember listening to these strange sounds, over and over, and being moved beyond the confines of Totowa, NJ which was kinda the point of this exploration.
I suppose I’m still looking to get beyond the confines of the present, and to my way of hearing, La chute de l’ange is as good a transport as any.
Give it time.