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Guillaume Cazenave biography
Guillaume Cazenave was born in 1978, near Bordeaux. Author, composer, producer, graphic artist, director, and novelist as well, he has been involved for more than 15 years in various artistic projects. His albums explore very different styles of music and concepts, but you can identify Guillaume's music straight away. His biggest influences gather Devin Townsend's eccentricity, the cold precision of King Crimson or Mike Patton's versatility, without forgetting atmospheres that will remind you of Gong, Magma, or the legendary Pink Floyd. You could as well recognise the influence of classical composers like Mahler and Stravinsky for the most obvious ones. On a more singular note, Guillaume's work has been inspired by the actress Louise Brooks, star of the silent movies in the 20s. In 2014, Guillaume decided to stop his work related to film production to focus as much as possible on music production. In 2015 and 9 years after his previous album Second System syndrome, he releases his 5th album, the first part of The Odd Gallant (A-M), and will, in 2016, release the second part of the album, called NZ. The Odd Gallant is to date Guillaume's most ambitious project and the one that needed the most endeavours, sweat and skills. Guillaume Cazenave still lives near Bordeaux.
Work (selective):
- 2015 : The odd gallant - AM (album)
- 2014: Lequel ? (illustrated book, for children)
- 2013 : Versus (short film, co-directed with Daniel Baroca)
- 2012 : Full Metal Bastos (short story)
- 2011 : Dogs (novel)
- 2009-2014 : Terria Films (film production company)
- 2008 : American Fun (novel)
- 2007 : Little Greats Moments, San Parano (short films, co-directed with Daniel Baroca)
- 2006 : Nouvelles alarmantes d'un tat stationnaire (short stories)
- 2006: Second System Syndrome - The Mediation Project 2 (album).
- 2003 : Worship scraped - The Mediation Project 1 (album)
- 2000 : Liah's saga 2 (album)
- 1999 : Liah's Saga 1 (album)
- 1998 : l'adresse d'Ilona (novel)

Biography couretesy of Guillaume Cazenave.

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The Odd Gallant - AM
Guillaume Cazenave Crossover Prog

Review by lucas
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4 stars The Odd Gallant is a project defying categorizations. It comes straight out of the fertile imagination of Guillaume Cazenave, a Bordeaux-based musician fascinated by artists that go out of the beaten paths by putting forward a borderless, yet structured patchwork of influences. 'AM' is the first chapter of a concept revolving around alphabet (in english version). It is therefore an abbreviated dictionary with words made with the first 13 letters of the alphabet. In this musical exploration of the dictionary, we are very far from the abecedarium that was taught to us on a simple melody line while at school (even if a wink to this abecedarium can be heard in the closing of this first chapter). We are rather submerged in a bunglian syncretism, in which circus music meets pop psychedelia, movie soundtracks and syllabed chant. Sailing with three other mates on his "Drunken Boat", the frenchman makes it pitch on rolling rhythms and tumultuous voices. Creating ambiances rather than showing-off, it's no wonder that very few solos (themselves complaining in their whinings) fill in the musical space, the space being rather left for grandiloquent atmospheres or even a grand-guignol suggested by the theatricality of arrangements and the solemnity of the chant. The latter is often based on singing one ofter the other words starting with the letter of the title, which goes hand in hand with the other side of our crank's music: humour. The influence of Frank Zappa oozes indeed in the amused keyboards, the cartoon xylophone, spastic cadences, furtive horns, or even the off the wall choirs. Moreover, where the magic beam of glockenspiel dazzles us, the gloomlight of the piano unites with the spectral vapors of Hammond and the torments of strings to keep us even more pensive in a strange but fascinating world. While waiting for the second chapter of the dictionary according to The Odd Gallant, i.e. letters N to Z, we can dive in a first chapter with a vocabulary so rich that it will contribute to maintain our musical garden.
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