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SALLE GAVEAU

RIO/Avant-Prog • Japan


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Salle Gaveau spawned from the Japanese Avant-prog band Bondage Fruit, birthed by guitarist Natsuki Kido. Their archetype Tango sound was highly influenced form masters Astor Piazzolla, with all performers versed in Argentinean Tango. The band made their first appearance as a group in 2003, consisting of Natsuki Kido (guitar), Naoki Kita (violin), Yoshiaki Sato (accordéon) and Keisuke Torigoe (contrabass). In October 2005, Masaki Hayashi (piano) joined the band, rendering the line-up complete.

Salle Gaveau have only released one album Alloy (2007), which can be described as Chamber Tango, facilitated with the likes of: Classical, jazz, rock, progressive rock. Through passages of electric musical dexterity these five top class performers craft energetic Chamber prog of the highest calibre. The band has a left field sound when paralleled to traditional Japanese Avant-prog; a subtle French class taints their sound, thanks to the accordéon. Between the fast pace flourishes they coax their audience with more digestible delicacies, procuring a perfectly balanced album.

Unfazed by playing next to the likes of Magma and Present, the band gained international success, with their astounding performance at the 2007 Rock In Opposition festival. Salle Gaveau should reach out to vast audience among progressive rock not just confining themselves to the absurd and weird. Highly Recommended.

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Discography:
Alloy, 2007

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3.19 | 8 ratings
Alloy
2007
5.00 | 1 ratings
Strange Device
2008
5.00 | 1 ratings
La Cumparsita
2010

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3.19 | 8 ratings

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Salle Gaveau RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Debut album for this Japanase avant-prog with ethnic flavors that made itself known by opening the first RIO Festival in Carmeaux. Apparently they went down as the main "good surprise" by most of the public that was at the time looking ahead at future major groups ahead in the program. This Japanese acoustic quintet (including a violinist and an accordionist) develops the now usual Eastern European folk/ethnic music that ranges close to the gypsy-type of jazz.

Nothing very original I'm afraid as this is now done just way too often-ly reprised, that it is by now sounding very unoriginal. From Debile Menthol to Alamaailman Vasarat, from Rouge Ciel to Cro Magnon, this type of music has been explored dozens (hundreds?) of time before and SG is unable to add anything new, even with their Japanese sensibilities. And if they do add a bit of dissonance, it is no more than Sotos (and they added a Zeuhl touch, which is completely absent in SG), if they have an accordion (which I generally hate, but here it is extremely well played as it almost doesn't interfere), so does Hamster Theatre. And even if they do have a certain approach that renders their music distinguishable for an experienced listener, it is not really enough to want to indulge once more

Don't get me wrong, if you haven't yet had your fill with this type of Eastern European Gypsy thing, SG will delight you with their flawless execution, and their charming phrasing and all-around tightness. But this proghead has enough record of that type to last him a second lifetime.

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