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Thomas Bonvalet


Thomas Bonvalet, musician from France. Former Guitarist from the extraordinary french Duo Cheval de Frise, which played in ausland in 2004.

Thomas toured with Deerhoof, Gorge Trio, Radikal Satan and Chevreuil and his music language wants to tell us something beautiful: playing guitar only, he’s looking for new tones and acoustics. His musical approach reminds us of John Fahey and David Grubbs.

His new album on Ruminance is recorded in different deserted french places in July 2006 (one week), you can heard silence in a ruined stable and bats in obscurity.
Thomas already had the passion for those places and gave the label for the first time - on recording - the real sensation to be set down with him in those dark places. Sounds of guitar and percussions throw us in an obscurity where each music notes is a light. 16 tracks for acoustic and complicated pieces. 16 rythms. 16 heart-beats.

Have a look for his shows, where Thomas is curving his body around his guitar, fingers running alone on the strings giving a strange sound-effect. This is crazy. This is end for the track. (text from ruminance website).


video from cheval de frise (youtube)

L 'Ocelle Mare / Le Ton Mité

14 Mar 2007 - 22:00

L'OCELLE MARE (F): Thomas Bonvalet (CHEVAL DE FRISE), rare intricate, springloaded pieces on an acoustic guitar + le ton mité(F):experimental intimate folk music based on fragility rather than strength + breezy days(US): unison guitars play agai