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Coup Fatal: Congolose Music Meets The Baroque / Coup Fatal; Fabrizio Cassol, musical director, Serge Kakudji, countertenor; Rodriguez Vangama, guitar et al.

Album Summary

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Toccata for ensemble (after Monteverdi)
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Presti omai, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Vedro, for countertenor & ensemble (after Vivaldi)
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Prelude for ensemble (after Bach)
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Domerò, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Stille amare, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
>Deb's Bukaka Francois : Ekunda, for countertenor & ensemble
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Barbaro, for countertenor & ensemble (after Vivaldi)
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Che faro, for countertenor & ensemble (after Gluck)
>Vangama, Rodriguez : Système de jeu, for countertenor & ensemble
>Cassol, Fabrizio : Lascia, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
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Notes & Reviews:

Coup Fatal (Fatal Blow) is an original encounter between Baroque music and Congolese music. This extraordinary project is organized round Fabrizio Cassol (musical director), Serge Kakudji (countertenor) and Rodriguez Vangama (conductor and guitarist) who, for several years now, have been elaborating a 'Baroque recital' the likes of which you have never heard. Live, the show is staged and choreographed by Alain Platel, who leads the company of 13 musicians very far into a universe where songs, traditional African instruments and dances are one. Baroque 'hits' mix with folk music in a new exploration of the repertoire that puts an amazing common dimension between the two universes as an epigraph. The show was first given at the legendary Burgtheater of Vienna in June 2014 and was a headliner at the Avignon Festival this past summer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jet Studio, Brussels, Belgium (06/2014).

And now for something completely different! Words don't do it justice, but...what you have here are (mostly) familiar Baroque vocal pieces, sung by a Congolese countertenor, Serge Kakudji, and accompanied by a battery of Congolese percussion and electric guitar. The African players are from Kinshasa, and the music is mostly in the soukous style, derived partly from Latin American rumba. There are a couple of original pieces, and in live performance the music would be accompanied by dancers. Just to top it all off, there are some syllable vocal harmonies that sound as though they could have come off 1960s lounge recordings. When it comes to cross-cultural fusions, this is hard to outdo. The idea was apparently the brainchild not of Kakudji but of Belgian composer and jazz saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol, who has traveled extensively in Africa. Sometimes the Baroque pieces lie right on the surface, and sometime they're buried more deeply; you may enjoy playing a few for friends and seeing whether they can identify the source material. What makes this all so extraordinary is that there is absolutely nothing of pat pastiche about it, or even of experiment. The music sounds as though it's the most natural thing in the world, as though people had been mixing these elements for decades, and it has the kind of swing that comes only from true enjoyment on the part of the players. A real triumph. ~ James Manheim



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Works Details

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Toccata for ensemble (after Monteverdi)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Presti omai, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Vedro, for countertenor & ensemble (after Vivaldi)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Prelude for ensemble (after Bach)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Domerò, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Stille amare, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Deb's Bukaka Francois : Ekunda, for countertenor & ensemble
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Barbaro, for countertenor & ensemble (after Vivaldi)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Che faro, for countertenor & ensemble (after Gluck)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Vangama, Rodriguez : Système de jeu, for countertenor & ensemble
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Cassol, Fabrizio : Lascia, for countertenor & ensemble (after Handel)
  • Performers: Cedrick Buya (Ngoma); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Balafon); Deb's Bukaka Francois (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Percussion); Tister Ikomo (Xylophone); Angou Ingutu; Serge Kakudji; Mitch Mpanya; Costa Pinto; Russell Tshiebua; Rodriguez Vangama (Balafon)
  • Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama
  • Ensemble: Coup Fatal
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rodriguez Vangama.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal