photos by Geert Coppens
photos by Geert Coppens
BEN BERTRAND - MANES
Compositions, bass clarinet and electronics : Ben Bertrand
Voice on B3 : Claire Vailler
Recorded and mixed by Christophe Albertijn at les ateliers claus, August - November 2019
Mastered by Mathieu Savenay at Globe Studio, November 2019
Artwork by Zeloot
Graphic Design by Nana Esi
"There is an endless abundance of variations that the clarinet can use in changing the colour of a single note. As a privileged listener - and - experiencer, Ben Bertrand through his favourite instrument shared the musical blueprints with me, which resulted in this album. His music has become a vivid part of my almost daily thoughts - allowing what I hear to clash and sing with the patterns and rhythms already established in my mind. A voluntary trip, an absorbing experience in our Brussels vibrant cultural life. With his instrument and countless machines, Ben creates a web of sounds that are hard to pin down but easy to absorb as a whole. Ben Bertrand happened to me. His music, full of beauty, is good to listen to and pleasant to follow. A sense and perception of continued growth too illuminated and overwhelming to resist. While I sense when a new composition is coming, Ben was able in our daily conversations, to progressively untangle a musical mystery and layout the puzzle of a new creation. Listening to his music is like sitting at the sea, watching a slow motion of our crazy life sailing by. You, as a listener, with this record stepped in an early stage of his career, with hardly any involvement of other people, composition wise. Besides composing alone, there have been countless hours when Ben Bertrand worked and interacted with Christophe Albertijn for the recordings. There is also the essence of our regular exchanges and the visions we knit. These are in my opinion just the starting points of plural interactions and musical endeavours to be. It is a matter of his artistic trust and let go, while Ben creates his own language, package and macrocosm. The excellence of Ben Bertrand's music lays in its involving and easily accessible nature, regardless of your personal or musical past experience. Ben Bertrand is all before you for you to dig, and nobody is asking you to file him away under any category."
Tommy Denys for Stroom & les albums claus
Rick Brown (Les Batteries, V-Effect, Blinding Headache, 75 Dollar Bill,...) about Pere Ubu, the no-wave, his unusual way of playing, and later the evening joined by Che Chen and Andrew Lafkas with parts of the live recording at les ateliers claus
"On" m'a volé plus ou moins tout le matos que j'utilise sur cette vidéo la nuit dernière à Liège, Rue de Campine. Je ne suis pas fâchée, mais je crois au karma.
Si vous voyez
-une fender Jazz Bass modern player sunburst
-une valise rouge avec tout un tas d'effets pour basse (wah wah, whammy, 2 freeze, un zoom h5, deux distos, un accordeur et tous mes petits objets que j'utilise pour l'impro)
-une tête d'ampli ebs reidmar 250
Faites moi signe svp
Ps au ou à la méchant.e : ta tête est sûrement sur la vidéo de surveillance.