FRENCH DOCTORS

25 Août



« And ladies and gentlemen, I’m slowly realising that after a somewhat restrained beginning, this show is growing into a historical blast of mindblowing performance« 

THE FRENCH DOCTORS is a fresh & French collective of live improvised music. They founded the Project performing with « legendary Can singer » on Oct. 5th 2003 at the Café de la Danse in Paris. This performance was later released as Hollyaris record. THE FRENCH DOCTORS did several other concerts with Damo Suzuki in France :  For instance, a French Tour in 2003 featuring Alan Courtis (of Reynols) in Roubaix & Jean Hervé Peron (Faust) in Nantes. Jerôme Florenville followed the Tour and directed a Documentary about it (Le Chant de L’Imprévu). The Musicians here are all involved into the French scene since late 80s/early 90s and the number of projects (in which they are or have been) represents a huge amount of names : Some are Dragibus, Sun Plexus, Sun Plexus 2, Ulan Bator, Permanent Fatal Error, Big, Calx, Hubbub, Das Kapital, Osaka Bondage, Miss Marvel, Schams, Shub Niggurath, Sleaze ArtFrench Doctors Website


french doctors @ LES INSTANTS CHAVIRES

« Un concert improvisé de A à Z avec un groupe local différent chaque soir. C’est le nouveau concept polygame du Damo Suzuki Network. Ici en 2008 aux Instants Chavirés de Montreuil, il est accompagné des French Doctors, un collectif réunissant la crème de la scène bruitiste française. Une chose est sûre : avec Damo en cuisine, on est certain de ne jamais manger le même plat deux soirs de suite » (ARTE / Tracks)



THE FRENCH DOCTORS (Franck de Quengo, Seb Borgo, Olivier Manchion, Nicolas Marmin, Edward Perraud) est un collectif d’improvisation, réunion de 5 musiciens français issus de la scène « noise-rock-free-exp-etc » et empreints d’énergies et attitudes hautement complémentaires. Leurs routes et amitiés se sont maintes fois croisées en studio ou sur scène, jusqu’à ce que le hasard les porte à être réunis tous ensemble « armes en main » le 5 octobre 2003 à Paris, constituant pour la première fois en France le « Network » de Damo Suzuki (ex-CAN) au Café de la Danse (l’enregistrement de ce live a été publié en 2005 sur le label du performer japonais sous le nom de « Hollyaris »). Les musiciens, comme une grande partie du public ce soir-là, restèrent envoûtés par la symbiose et la puissance qu’ils dégagèrent > Site Web French Doctors



FOR THOSE WHO MISSED !

DAMO SUZUKI + FRENCH DOCTORS on TRACKS / ARTE,

…At the very end (!) of the report…

30.01.2009

MUSICIANS / MUSICIENS




Edward Perraud (Fr.) : Drummer living in Tours, France. From Jazz to Contemporary to Rock to Free Rock to Pop… His multiple bands & collaborations includes Calx, Abdelhaï Bennani Trio, Das Kapital, Big, Fish, The (2), Hubbub, Joe Rosenberg Quartet, Return Of The New Thing, Drummms, Vincent Courtois, Trio(on), Rats, Tempsion, Wormholes, Yves Robert Trio, Shub Niggurath, Marshmallows & the Yellow Fever… Batteur vivant à Tours… il oscille du jazz à la musique contemporaine en passant par le free rock ou la pop… parmi ses projets et collaborations, on peut citer : Calx, Abdelhaï Bennani Trio,Das Kapital, Big, Fish, The (2), Hubbub, Joe Rosenberg Quartet, Return Of The New Thing, Drummms, Vincent Courtois, Trio(on), Rats, Tempsion, Wormholes, Yves Robert Trio, Shub Niggurath…


Sebastien Borgo aka Ogrob (Fr) : Musician living and working in Eastern France. He’s member of the band Sun Plexus II, he is also playing with Foi Pour Pusillanime, Micro_Penis and doing some solo works under the name of Ogrob. He’s had remarquable collaborations with Loner, Donald Miller (Borbetomagus) or Nihilist Spasm Band. Records on : Orgasm records, antimatière, filles disc, non mi piace, les monde mental, ronda, kokokoke records, Ruminance, Plasma rec., Nails records… Musicien qui vit et travaille à Mulhouse. Membre de Sun Plexus 2, il est aussi à l’origine de formations comme Foi Pour Pusillanime, Micro_Penis ou L’autopsie… (voir ailleurs sur le site). Parmi les collaborations les plus remarquables, on peut citer : Loner, Donald Miller (Borbetomagus) ou Nihilist Spasm Band. Des disques édités par : Orgasm records, antimatière, filles disc, non mi piace, les monde mental, ronda, kokokoke records, Ruminance, Plasma rec.


Franck Le Quengo : French Musician, Radio DJ (Song Of Praise, on Aligre FM, Paris) & owner of the Bimbo Tower Record Shop in Paris. He is using toys for children as well as a modified set of drums for his major musical project called Dragibus. He’s also playing with The French Doctors and his name is associated  to bands such as Freyia, Tomato Band, Thierry Muller / Illitch, Paquito Bolino/Le Dernier Cri… His records are available at : Autobus rec., P-Vines rec., Poutre Apparente, Trace rec., Le Dernier Cri, Textile rec., PPT, Saravah, SS records, Hoki Doki… Musicien Français vivant à Paris, DJ Radio (Song Of Praise sur Aligre FM, Paris) & animateur du Bimbo Tower Record Shop à Paris. En concert il utilise des jouets pour enfants modifiés, des effets électroniques ainsi qu’un jeu de batterie un peu modifié dans son projet musical le plus célèbre :Dragibus. Franck joue (ou a joué) avec Freyia, Tomato Band, Thierry Muller / Illitch, Paquito Bolino/Le Dernier Cri… Ses disques sont éditéspar  : Autobus rec., P-Vines rec., Poutre Apparente, Trace rec., Le Dernier Cri, Textile rec., PPT, Saravah, SS records, Hoki Doki…


Olivier Manchion : French Bassist, original member of Ulan Bator, he founded later Permanent Fatal Error & had collaborations with Faust, Heldon or Kasper Toeplitz. Olivier also plays guitars and electronics. He has got records out on Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier, Young Gods records, Ruminance, Klangbad, Wallace, etc. Bassiste Français, membre original et co-fondateur du Duo Kraut-Noisy duo Ulan Bator, il a par la siote fondé Permanent Fatal Error (voir ailleurs dans ce site) et a collaboré avec Faust, Heldon ou encore Kasper Toeplitz. Olivier joue également de la guitare et des instruments électroniques, ses disques ont été édités par des labels comme : Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier, Young Gods records, Ruminance, Klangbad, Wallace…


aka_bondage : Musician, Sound Designer, Sound Collector since 1995. Equally at ease with Pop, Rock, HipHop, Electronic or experimental stuff, he’s founded or co-founded bands (such as Osaka Bondage, The French Doctors or L’autopsie a révélé que la mort était due à l’autopsie) and played with a wide variety of musicians ranging from Colder to Erik M., from Sensational to Damo Suzuki, from Anla_Courtis to dDamage… He’s been designing sound for Commercials, Jingles or sound enviroments since the beginning of his musical activities / Musicien, sculpteur et collectionneur de sons depuis 1995, aka_bondage navigue dans des domaines aussi différents que le Rock, le Hip-hop expérimental et des recherches sonores plus « abstraites ».  Il est membre fondateur des groupes Osaka Bondage, The French Doctors, L’autopsie a révélé que la mort était due à l’autopsie et ses rencontres musicales sont à l’image de ce goût prononcé pour l’éclectisme : Colder, Erik M., Sensational, Damo Suzuki, Anla_Courtis, J-F. Pauvros ou dDamage… Depuis le début de ses activités musicales, il créé des illustrations sonores (publicités, Jingles, environnements Sonores, etc.)





DISCOGRAPHY / DISCOGRAPHIE


« Au chevet des Blessés » (2012)

french doctors « Au chevet des Blessés »


Label: Ronda

Released / Date de sortie = 13th june 2012

Catalogue : Rnd16

Format : LP

Country / Pays d’Origine : France

Artworks / Pochette : Ogrob, Aka_Bondage, Luc Reverter

Recording / Enregistré par – Lionel Darenne et Etienne Foyer

Performers / Musiciens : Frank De Quengo = Electronic, Nicolas Marmin = Bass + Electronic / Olivier Manchion = Bass + Electronic / Sebastien Borgo = Guitar + Electronic / Edward Perraud = Drums, Percussion



« Hollyaris » (2006)

french doctors as Damo Suzuki Network on « Hollyaris »

In collaboration with Damo SUZUKI. CD1 was recorded with American musicians in Hollywood, USA – CD2 was recorded with the French Doctors at Le Café de la Danse, Paris.

Collaboration avec Damo Suzuki. Le CD1 est un enregistrement d’un concert que Damo a donné à Hollywood avec des musiciens Américains. Le CD2 a été enregistré avec les French Doctors au Café de la Danse, à Paris.

Label: Indigo

Released / Date de sortie = 2006

Catalogue : DNW 026 / 027

Format : Double CD

Country / Pays d’Origine : Germany / Allemagne

Artworks / Pochette : MaSuzuki

Recording / Enregistré par – Patrick Da Silva

Performers / Musiciens : Frank De Quengo = Electronic, Nicolas Marmin = Bass + Electronic / Olivier Manchion = Bass + Electronic / Sebastien Borgo = Guitar + Electronic / Edward Perraud = Drums, Percussion / Damo Suzuki = Vox

Listen : Parfum (Hollyaris, Indigo / 2006)
Listen : Fin de Traitement (Hollyaris, Indigo / 2006)






REVIEWS / PRESSE




SPIKE MAGAZINE  « HollyAris : I Am Damo Suzuki »

http://www.spikemagazine.com/0205damosuzuki.php

« Very soon comes a double CD called « HollyAris »…I mean I’m going to release only doubles in future, except one CD I edited already. It’s nice to have more than two hours of pure instant composed music which will never be performed again. ‘HollyAris’ has two location recorded live. One is in Hollywood another is Paris. As I perform with local sound carriers. CD 1 called Hollywood is performed by sound carriers from Los Angeles and Japanese guitarist Mandog. CD 2 called Paris is performed by sound carriers from France. After they formed a band called FRENCH DOCTORS as they found chemistry between them. And they are recording their first record… » (Damo Suzuki)


XRAYRECORDS – Damo Suzuki Network- « Hollyaris » CD (Funfundveirzig)

http://xrayrecords.ca/article.php?story=20050723163301616&mode=print

« When Damo Suzuki, ex-singer with the now legendary band Can releases a new album, there’s one thing you can be sure of, namely that it will be totally different from everything he’s released before. He is the one who by his unconditional adherence to improvisation (Damo himself speaks of « Instant Compositions ») carries the spirit of Can into the 21st century. Damo pursues his musical vision with a determination few other artists can match. Hollyaris is comprised of excerpts from two performances, each with a totally different lineup. The CD Hollywood was recorded on August 31st 2002 at the Knitting Factory Los Angeles. Damo’s voice is very much in the foreground here, which is justified by the fact that his singing is extremely melodic (in fact, the first track is reminiscent of his wonderful vocals on Can’s « Future Days » at times). Apart from the voice, it is Len Del Rio’s exact percussion which propel the improvisations and Kevin Lee on Moog and Theremin (!) supplying the spacey-spooky sounds who stand out from the rest of the band. Also, it seems that the location of each performance had an influence on what has been captured on tape: On Hollywood, one can discern the occasional elements of westcoast psychedelia, which is mainly due to the three guitars playing.

But it’s the Paris CD which is the real surprise of this set. It was recorded only some 14 months later, yet it sounds like a decade has elapsed since the LA-gig. Whereas the latter band played psych- and avantgarderock with the occasional nod in the direction of Can, the music on Paris is much more subtle. With the sole exception of the drummer, all of Damo’s five collaborators use electronic processing tools. Thus Damo’s singing is presented here in a totally new setting for him. The fact that Damo can adapt his singing so effortlessly to this modern context speaks volumes for his artistic vision and his will to communicate with his fellow musicians (which has always been his ultimate concern). More than any other of Damo’s releases, Paris focusses on the search for a collective expression, the communication and understanding across genres and generations. Damo once said that when he goes onstage, he is not so much thinking about the music which he will play but about creating a collective experience with his audience within the moment. The music on Hollyaris bear witness to that attitude.« 



INDIGO (Distributor)  Press release

http://www.indigo.de/unser_programm/titel/85619/

Wenn Damo Suzuki, Ex-Sänger der legendären Band Can, ein neues Album herausbringt, dann ist auf eins Verlass: Es klingt anders als man denkt. Denn Suzuki trägt durch seine bedingungslosen Improvisationen (er selbst spricht von « Instant Compositions ») den Geist von Can entschlossen ins 21. Jahrhundert. Die Doppel-CD « Hollyaris » beinhaltet Ausschnitte aus zwei Auftritten, die mit vollkommen unterschiedlichen Bands eingespielt wurden. Die CD « Hollywood » wurde am 31. August 2002 in der Knitting Factory in Los Angeles aufgenommen. Damos Stimme steht hier weit im Vordergrund, während die sechs Musiker einen sehr differenzierten Sound produzieren, aus dem Moog und das spacig-unheimliche Theremin (Ätherwellengeige) herausstechen. Bei der Paris-Aufnahme ein Jahr später geht es subtiler und elektronischer zu. Die fünf Mitmusiker (« Les French Doctors ») bedienen sich mit Ausnahme des Drummers allesamt elektronischer Verfremdungsmittel. Die Tatsache, dass sich Damo Suzuki so nahtlos in diesen modernen Kontext einfügt, spricht für seine künstlerische Vision und seinen Willen zur Kommunikation mit den Musikern.




PAST CONCERTS / LISTE DES CONCERTS




THE FRENCH DOCTORS

2012 June 13 – Instants Chavirés, (Montreuil /Paris – Fr.) +Komatsu

2007 May 26 – Kinokho, (Paris – FR) + Ravi Shardja

2005 Nov 15 – Le Grand Mix, (Tourcoing – FR) + Etage34/Tenko

2005 Feb 23 – Instants Chavires, Montreuil (Paris – FR)


DAMO SUZUKI & FRENCH DOCTORS

2009 Jan 15 – Ufficine delle Arte, Reggio Emilia IT.

2008 Oct 15 – Instants Chavirés, Montreuil (Paris) FR

2004 Oct 13 – Olympic, Nantes FR special guest JH Peron (Faust)

2004 Oct 12 – Confort Moderne, Poitiers FR

2004 Oct 11 – Astrolabe, Orleans FR + Alias

2004 Oct 10 – Cave aux Poetes, Roubaix FR special guest Anla Courtis (Reynols)

2004 Jul 01 – Mains d’Oeuvres, Mo’Fo festival, Saint-Ouen FR

2003 Dec 11 – Nouveau Casino, Mouvement festival, Paris FR + Pfe, Whitehouse

2003 Oct 05 – Cafe de la Danse, Paris FR + Black Sifichi

VARIOUS / DIVERS











« En tournée, chaque soirée est enregistrée et le line-up du groupe change selon les pays visités. Ainsi Damo Suzuki était-il accompagné en France pour une performance mémorable au Café de la Danse à Paris, par des membres de Ulan Bator, Sun Plexus, Osaka Bondage, Dragibus et Return of The New Thing (…) » Philippe Robert, « Musiques Expérimentales, Une anthologie transversale d’enregistrements emblématiques » – Le Mot & le Reste, 2007 – à propos de Damo Suzuki Network.











Another Live Report : Damo Suzuki & French Doctors : Roubaix – La Cave aux Poètes – October 11 2004

(http://rien.500ml.org/reviews/damolive.php)

There was a bit of a shock when I picked up this little leaflet last week, catching the blink and you’ll miss it name in the middle of all these other dates. I was at college and in all honesty, that obviously meant I wasn’t quite awake, something that definitely added to my first impression that I had misread the coming of « Damo Suzuki’s Network » the next Monday in my crummy little hometown, once an important textile and industrial hot plate, now reduced to a worrying digit on graphs depicting the rates of unemployment. And yet, three days later I had my tickets in hand, and two more and I was waiting inside the Cave aux Poètes. After a rather tragicomic incident including a pathetically posturing opening band and a local television team, we sat patiently as we waited for Damo Suzuki and his french sound carriers to set up. And that’s when things started getting weird in a good way. I noticed amongst the band a tallish man with abundant facial pilosity, long curly hair and a poncho.

Obviously, it wasn’t long before I started making jokes about how the guy from Reynols had gotten confused and had followed Damo inadvertently under the misimpression that they were his band. That’s until I see him plug a strange one-chorded instrument to an effect pedal and rub it frenetically with a bow. And later on place a contact mic inside a plastic bag filled with clothes which he shakes all over the place and throws to the ground and holds to his chest as if it were his suddenly deceased first born. And now there’s absolutely no mistake that this is indeed Anla Courtis of Reynols fame who for some reason ended up on the bill. And ladies and gentlemen, I’m slowly realising that after a somewhat restrained beginning, this show is growing into a historical blast of mindblowing performance.

The rest of the group, known for this portion of the tour as French Doctors, is composed of people of different horizons and bands who still interact like they’ve been playing together for years. The drummer (Edward Perraud: Shub Niggurath) is all over the place, inventive when needed and purely monstruous in the wildest moments.

Two bass guitars are used at times by Olivier Manchion and Nicolas Marmin of Permanent Fatal Error, bringing the necessary groove as they carry the whole crowd with them on ships of low frequencies, while on the other side of the drummer, Franq de Quengo and Sebastien Sorgo manipulate the sounds and weld an electronic ambience. Right next to the them, Anla is being Anla, having to be reanimated after a particularly high spirited and ecstatic piece. And finally of course, there is Damo.

At the fore of the group, the little big man, like a grey furry ball of quiet energy, at times trading his deliciously defiant voice of a child unwilling to grow old and give up his innocence for – yes – cookie monster growls. He stands there feeding the powerful waves of the music back to the band and the audience. Watching him there, headbanging away, one immediately realizes what Damo Suzuki’s Network is. The small man in the middle is the catalyst of the experiment, bringing together these different worlds into a free, rocking form.

I left the venue with the thought that if Damo Suzuki’s network is something to be witnessed, no matter who is playing for the occasion, then tonight might even have been a little bit more




french doctors @ CAFE DE LA DANSE

french doctors @ CAFE DE LA DANSE

french doctors & Damo Suzuki

french doctors @ FESTIVAL MOUVEMENT

with Jean Hervé PERRON/ FAUST

french doctors @ ASTROLABE, ORLEANS

french doctors @ KINOKHO, Paris

french doctors @ FESTIVAL MOUVEMENT

french doctors @ CAFE DE LA DANSE

with ALAN COURTIS

french doctors @ CAVE DES POETES

french doctors @ REGGIO EMILIA, ITALY

French Doctors webpage












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