Bam Balam Records BBCD 041 (November 2016)
"Koyonaku" is the result of the encounter in downtown Tokyo between Japanese accordeonist À Qui Avec Gabriel and guitarist Michel Henritzi.
The duo re-interprets through improvisation Enka music, soulful and melancholic popular Japanese songs. They meander solitary through these sad melodies in their very own iconoclastic ways. À Qui Avec Gabriel's voice whispers in our ears and bewitches our senses with these love songs. Whether on the strings of the guitar or the keys of the accordeon, the combined 4-handed creative soul disconstruct this abstract blues with the perfect balance of sensuality and violence.
"Koyonaku" is a game of mirrors reflecting different exotic folklore, where each one of them feeds on the other, the suspended space of "mono no aware": this infinite melancholy of the present, echoing its silences, its cries and its screams.
A beautiful blues record for your lonely nights.
À Qui Avec Gabriel – accordeon, vocals
Michel Henritzi – guitars, vocals
Kevin Le Quillec – recording and mixing
À QUI AVEC GABRIEL
À Qui Avec Gabriel is an Japanese accordeonist inspired by both French Romantics and punk music. Her music has the charm of Satie's music and the melancholie of the Enka music.
She regularly plays with Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple), Keiji Haino, Junzo Suzuki as well as numerous Tokyo underground artists. John Zorn was the producer of her first album on Tzadik record label.
Guitarist drifting between abstract blues and Noise music.
he played with: Junko (Hijokaidan), Rinji Fukuoka, À Qui Avec Gabriel, Tetuzi Akiyama, Jojo Hiroshige, Masayoshi Urabe, Chie Mukaï, Shin’ichi Isohata, Yukiko Nakamura, Yoko Higachi, Mattin and the Nihilist Spasm Band… He is a member of Dustbreeders (with Yves Botz, Thierry Delles) and O Death Jug (with Christophe Langlade)