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[Fra / Rephlex, Morphine Records]

Pierre Bastiens is a french gentleman born 1953 who builds his own machineries, at the cross between music and visual art, that blends live trumpet sounds with screen projections of on-site, mechanical sound sculptures in a very poetic way. His work is described as a timeless sounding orchestra, both futuristic and slightly dada, conjuring ancient traditions in its surprisingly sensuous music.
Bastien has been called a mad musical scientist with a celebrity following by The Guardian. Collaborating in the past with filmmaker Pierrick Sorin, fashion designer Issey Miyake, singer and composer Robert Wyatt and Aphex Twin (who released three of his albums on his label Rephlex) to name a few, he is one of the most influential experimental musicians working in the field. In 1986 he formed his own self made one man orchestra, Mecanium and made over 20 records over the years.

"Pierre Bastien uses several tiny cameras to project his Meccano-driven contraptions onto a large screen. Although we can see little wheels depressing organ keys, on the screen it seems we are in some giant factory, where machines of unguessable size perform cumbersome operations to pluck at hawsers or vibrate great flapping sheets - in reality rubber bands and strips of paper. Bastien's non-synched looping machines naturally have non-human quality, like an off-kilter African drum ensemble, and this strangeness is further magnified by his carefully layered visual projections. Over the top he plays pocket trumpet phrases drawn from the earliest days of jazz, as if King Oliver is muttering in his ear. But the trumpet is often masked: somehow it plays a baseline like a tuba, or else the mute is jammed into a beaker of bubbling water. On the screen the monochrome Fritz Lang world of relentless Meccano is invaded by a beautiful fountain of blue bubbles. Like a blend of Philip Jeck's heartbreaking turntables and Max Eastley's lost-in-space musical sculptures, Bastien has created an elegant display of genuine musical surrealism. He has been refining his approach for over two decades - ten years ago Aphex Twin released Mecanoid on his Rephlex label, and this show made it clear why Richard D James was so mesmerized. Bastien wound down his mechanical mysteries after 45 minutes, but I could have happily watched for hours." Clive Bell, The Wire - Dec. 2010 
12/11/18 Milano @ Auditorium San Fedele

25/05/18 Torino @ Jazz Is Dead
01/03/18 Genova @ Teatro Altrove
02/03/18 Mantova @ Cinema del Carbone
03/03/18 Catania @ Zo
18/11/17 Parma @ Barezzi Festival
19/11/17 Cotignola (Ra) @ Teatro Binario

13/05/17 Ascoli Piceno @ Ridotto del Teatro Ventidio Basso APP Ascoli Piceno Present 2017

23/10/15 Bologna @ Mast
27/10/15 Perugia @ PostModernissimo
06/11/15 Bari @ Time Zones
07/11/15 Napoli @ Riot Studio

30/04/15 Firenze @ Cortile di Palazzo Strozzi, Notte Bianca Firenze 2015
23/05/15 Padova @ Cinema Excelsior, "Innesti Urbani"
26/07/15 Brescia @ Musical Zoo

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