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Hi guys.
I would like to share this piece that I wrote called Familisterioso. The band features vibes, cello and bass clarinet + the guitar from master Nguyen Lê for the occasion. The challenge was to put together some very acoustic instruments in a classical sound and the overdrive of the lead Guitar. Another way to put the vibe in a crossover style.

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Marie-Noëlle Thu, 09/27/2012 - 16:29

A bit dark and sad, but so beautiful! The guitar is quite in the front, but the other acoustics instruments are very nicely melted with it. The bass clarinet first sounded to me like a bass with bow or cello in the basses. Maestro Nguyen Lê knows his stuff! And... I'm always amazed by the clarity of your sound and playing, especially in the highest notes... and now by your writing! :o)
Awesome! Thanks for sharing! - M

David Friedman Thu, 09/27/2012 - 16:46

Texturally so interesting! What a beautiful combination of instruments! And the piece is gorgeous; sounds like the music to a contemporary film....french film!-:) Congratulations Illya...


illya Fri, 09/28/2012 - 15:06

In reply to by David Friedman

ahahah, french film... yes maybe I've been a bit influenced... ;-)
I was veeery happy to invite Nguyen in this cd. what a chance!(was für ein glück...)
Maybe I will going soon in Berlin. I will let you know. I would love to have "cup of tea" with you

rbvibe Thu, 09/27/2012 - 22:23

Beautiful playing and composition!
I love Nguyen's playing,,,he has a couple of interesting trio recordings with Peter Erskine.

tifoo Sun, 09/30/2012 - 14:13

Bravo Illya,
magnifique composition, quel groupe !


illya Tue, 10/02/2012 - 20:13

In reply to by tifoo

Stephane! quel plaisir de te lire ici.
j'espere qu'on pourra se voir bientôt pour de vrai.

Marie-Noëlle Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:29

In reply to by Stefan vdb

"Stéphane" is the real name of "Tifoo", who is an old French member who had come back after a long period to visit us... and who seem to know Illya! This doesn't take off that we'd all love to meet eachother!!! :o)

Stefan vdb Thu, 10/04/2012 - 01:41

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

all these Stefans .....

illya Sat, 10/06/2012 - 09:04

In reply to by Stefan vdb

haha my message was for all the Stephans around!!
btw, le batteur de mon groupe s'appelle Stéphane et il est belge aussi :-) Il habite à Bruxelles: Stephane Galland. Tu le connais?


Stefan vdb Sun, 10/07/2012 - 15:03

In reply to by illya

But I've seen him play several times in different bands.

Even have some CD's where he drums. My personal proud regarding him is the 'sunzoo manley' project he's done with Piet Goddaer in 2001. Brilliant concert in Leuven, + It's a great album, I really love it.

Small world.
Which band is your band ?