new XII Alfonso cd titled "THIS IS", is now available. It's a live cd recorded
in France and Mexico in 1998. It features 16 tracks (extracts from "The
Lost Frontier", "Odyssées", "Monet" and 2 medieval tracks with Jean-Luc
and Thierry Payssan of Vital Duo)
Claerhout / XII Alfonso
1) The fruit of our research in the paleolithic music domain is now available on a cd album, entirely recorded in prehistoric caves. The cd is not edited under the name of XII Alfonso, it's a generic project called "El Canto De Las Piedras (Le Chant Des Pierres, The Song Of Stones)". Musicians involved in this project are : François and Philippe Claerhout, Thierry Moreno, Michael Geyre, Joon Claudio, Boris Lelong and Philippe Rougé. Musically, the result is close to the track "Lithophonia", available on "Odyssées", but with a wider instrumentation this time (lithophones, flutes, percussions, voices, keyboards on one track). The booklet gives information about the project in three languages (spanish, english and french), and the cover design has been conceived by Poa Plume, also responsible for the design of the "Claude Monet" trilogy. The CD is currently availble exclusively at the Altamira Museum in Spain, or by mail order (see details at the end of this message).
2) Due to
the pressure in the realisation of "El Canto De Las Piedras" (the Altamira
museum opens on july 17th), we've not been able to mix entirely the first
cd of "Claude Monet" in time. To avoid a release in the middle of summer,
"Claude Monet vol 1" will be available in september. We all are very sorry
for this delay.
The Recording of "Claude Monet : 1883-1889", the first CD of the Claude Monet trilogy, is already almost completed. We have now started mixing the CD tracks, though also we have to add to the material just a few guitar and accordion episodes.
The definitive album track listing is as follows : 1/ The Ways across the Cliffs 2/ I was Writing to You (sung by Bevinda) 3/ Giverny 4/ A Garden Like Nothing on Earth 5/ The Narrow Escape 6/ Seasons on Paintings 7/ The Ghost of the Neetles Island 8/ Conflicts 9/ The Red fanfare 10/ Underwater Cathedrals 11/ Cannibal Eye 12/ Antibes (sung by Catherine Alcover) 13/ Secrets of the Blue Air 14/ On the Road (sung by Bevinda) 15/ The Soul of Winter 16/ The Crusade for Olympia.
1883 was a very creative year for Monet. Then he was about in the middle of his life's way, and his long search for a new place of living was finished, at last, exactly the same year. It was a small town, Giverny, in which he spent the rest of his life's years. The same year, an exhibition devoted exclusively to his own paintings was organized for the first time in Monet's life. This event is the starting point of the real begining of his creative carreer, far from the other impressionnist painters who loved Monet's talents by no means too much.
During the six next years, Monet will try to define a true subject of his paintings. It is still not known precisely up to now, but some specialists are sure that the subject of any picture created by Monet is hidden (somewhere yet) exactly in its primary object. Monet worked hardly, but anyway, he was often unsatisfied with his works. It was because of the lack of Monet's understanding about a real purpose of his paintings, until he realizes that the purpose of his paintings is not what he tried to represent, but that it's the light in itself.
Sixteen tracks of the first cd of the trilogy XII Alfonso are currently working on, is an endeavour to reflect the most significant episodes of Monet's life, doubts and problems, of his search for a key to open a door; the subject of his creation is hidden behind, though actually that door was open widely in the face of Monet himself.
Each CD of the Claude Monet Trilogy will be released as digipack, (invented by the POA PLUME agency) with a 40 pages booklet in both French and English languages.
The instrumental base of the first CD features several acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, a wide variety of percussions, keyboards, vietnamese and syrian lutes, piano, accordion, flutes, vocals, to name a few. The musicians are : François and Philippe Claerhout, Thierry Moreno, Michael Geyre, Bevinda, Catherine Alcover, Stephane Rolland, Jean-Luc Treutenaere and Joon Claudio.
The first CD will be released in june 2001 on Muséa Records. As for the second and the third CDs of the trilogy, we will complete them in the fall of the year. The work on the second CD has already begun, as Barry Palmer, (vocalist for Triumvirat and Mike Oldfield) is currently working on a song of Monet's life period when he was living in London.