L’Ocelle Mare mix for Resonance FM

To go with the announcement of his performances at the Paris edition of Les Siestes Electroniques (July 17) and Austria’s Musikprotokoll festival on September 29, multi-instrumentalist Thomas Bonvalet a.k.a. L’Ocelle Mare has prepared a rather eclectic mix of his favorite music, featuring artists as diverse as Thelonious Monk, Godflesh and Giacinto Scelsi. It was broadcast by Resonance FM as part of the series SHAPE Artists’ Hour.

The solo project of Thomas Bonvalet (guitarist of the band Cheval de frise between 1998 and 2004), since 2005 L’Ocelle Mare has focused on the nylon string guitar, taking short, dynamic and abrupt forms and limiting himself exclusively to the acoustic possibilities of the instrument. At its periphery the guitar absorbs the sound of objects (metronome, tuning forks etc), deviating from their common usage, integrating and splitting up their sounds to reveal fleeting new forms.

Track list:

Josef Matthias Hauer-Klavierstücke 1922
Musiques du Vanuatu-Rhombe
The time of bells-Skyros Greece Carnival bells
Jeux vocaux des Inuit-Immpijuutuq
Thelonious Monk-Evidence
Craw-Cobray to the north
Musiques du Vanuatu-jeux d’eau
the time of bells -Nauvo Finland rural church bells
Mohammed Abdul Wahab-?
Toru Takemitsu-In an autumn garden Pigeon Ramier-chants
Revenge-Blood annihilation
Musiques et chants polyphoniques de la sylve-Percussion contemporaine pokè
Giacinto Scelsi – Krishna e radha
Charles Trenet-je chante

Photo by Susana Velasco