Recorded in Erquery on 14/07/14 by Keyvane Alinaghi, mixed and mastered in Lyon by Nico PoissonMusic & vocals: Eric Boros/Marylise Frecheville/Rully Shabara/Wukir SuryadiArt by Anna Ehrlemark
Voice duel, music composition & interpretation by Vialka:Eric Boros: guitar & electronicsMarylise Frecheville: percussionLibretto by Marylise Frecheville, except for song six "Counting Song" by Ivor Cutler, and song twelve by Eric BorosStage direction eleven taken from the Treaty of Pathology, Volume II, Fernel Mérat, 1848, read by Marc ChalosseMise en scène by Julie BinotLight design by Sébastien BordelLive sound by Yoann SansonStudio recording by Bob DrakeLayout by Anne GallyChinese translation by Wenxi XiongEnglish/French translations by VialkaPhotographs by Mark Tso
All music by Igor Krutogolov, except "Po Shpalam" (Traditional) and "Let Them Erect" by Boris MartzinovskyAll lyrics by Marylise Frecheville, except "Po Shpalam" (Traditional), "Let Them Erect" (Traditional), "Maki" by Agniya Barto, "Zaklyuchenny" by Marylise Frecheville, Igor Krutogolov, Alexander Liver
All arrangements by KIV Orchestra
Marylise Frecheville - vocals, percussionEric Boros - acoustic guitarBoris Martzinovsky - accordionRuslan Gross - clarinet, bass clarinetGuy Schechter - drumsIgor Krutogolov - bass, vocals, saw+Kosta Kaplan - electric guitar (5, 7, 9)Eugene Lublin - trumpet (6)Alexander Liver - vocals (6, 9)Olga Fiaes - vocals (9)
1-4 recorded on September 9-10, 2011 at Anova Studios (Tel Aviv, Israel) by Shimon Tal5-9 recorded on June 24-25, 2012 at Studio Chaudelande (SaintPierre-Église, France) by Manu LaffeachMixed and mastered by Slava Frenklakh at "Home" Studio, Tel AvivExecutive Producer: Victor LevinArtwork & Design: Igor KrutogolovPhotographs: Mark Tso
Vialka and eco-designer Cédric Carles are working together to develop a network of solar and renewable-energy powered sound systems. Through the on-site construction of custom and open-source DIY modules in collaboration with local partners, we seek to establish and exemplify a link between sustainable development and culture, bring attention to energy-related and environmental problems, and offer a space for artistic expression independent of the electric system.
All songs composed and performed by Vialka, fermented and percolated by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées in late 2010 - or was "Black One" an obscure cover-tune recorded live at Bob's sister's house in Elizabeth, Colorado? Vialka is Marylise Frecheville (percussion, keyboard and voice) and Eric Boros (baritone guitar, trumpet and voice); the stylophone solo was skilfully executed by Mr Drake in person. Design and layout by Anne Gally.
All songs composed and performed by Vialka; except Good Riddance (based on a traditional Shona mbira piece), and Hole In The Bucket (a folk song of German origin). Atomic restructuring by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées in December 2008 and January 2009. Vialka is Marylise Frecheville (percussion and voice) and Eric Boros (guitar and voice), with special guests: François Marcziniak and Cyrielle Faure (tuba and flute on Premiers Pas), Crank Sturgeon (sonic gesticulations on Premiers Pas and Hole In The Bucket), Andrew Dymond (mbira on Good Riddance), and Xiao He (vocals and Hunan pipa on Dutar). Cover art by Rachel Lowther, photos by Wenxi Xiong and layout by Anne Gally.
All songs composed and performed by Vialka, captured and transmogrified by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées in October 2006 and May 2007 (before and after the birth of Ildiko); with the exception of the introduction to Ménestrels, by Maman, recorded in Artux (Xinjiang) by Fausto Caceres. Vialka is Marylise Frecheville (percussion and voice) and Eric Boros (guitars, jaw harp and voice). Paintings by Colleen Kinsella and layout by Anne Gally.
When two nomads of different origins set their way of life to music, we can only be struck by the sincerity of their originality and fascinated by the perseverance with which they defend the improbability of their musical entity. Born after a long 18 month incubation period, the album "Plus Vite Que La Musique" recorded and mastered by Bob Drake (renown personage of the Rock In Opposition movement) marks the blossoming of the Vialka duo, owing to their elegant fusion of tradition and modernity. Songs such as "Incacapable", "Ménestrels" or "Grenade" cleverly combine political French chanson and the turbofolk inspired by their tours in over 45 countries, particularly in Kyrgyzstan and Mali. Idiosyncratic instrumental moments defying the laws of musical construction will unpretentiously captivate progressive rock fans, and so it is with "Opéra Brut", or "Trop Tard", which warn us in passing that "future generations will despise us"; as the world turns, "plus vite que la musique" (faster than the music).
All songs composed by Vialka; except for Kang Ding Town, which is a traditional Chinese folk song, and the texts in Die Lorelei by Heinrich Heine, and Shitty Monkeys by Haruki Murakami. All sounds extracted and sculpted by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées, between concerts in Minsk and Porto in late-November/early-December 2004. Vialka is Eric Boros (baritone guitar and voice) and Marylise Frecheville (drums and voice). "Potap & Mobil" and "Computer" paintings by Nikolai Kopeikin, photo by Isabelle Bassot, and layout by Anne Gally.
Vialka is a platform for the creative output of Eric Boros and Marylise Frecheville. Since 2002 they have toured the globe incessantly, released over ten albums, formed the six-piece big band KIV Orchestra, and constructed solar-powered sound systems in India and Taiwan. Recent projects include an experimental opera, workshops, and music for theatre and short-film.
Eric Boros is a sound artist, guitarist, radio producer, translator, and kayak guide who has been immersed in the global underground for the better part of the last twenty years. With a focus on trans-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration, he has established connections with artists from around the world and off the beaten path, crossing the borders between art, music and noise.
Marylise Frecheville calls the stage her home. In discord with her dance, theatre and piano education, she joined her first garage band in 1993. After obtaining a degree in architecture, she studied percussion at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her style incorporates polyrhythm, arrhythmic beats, textural sound-spaces, and diaphonic vocals. She has performed with artists including The Imps, Allun, Dawanggang, Pierre Redon, and is currently composing for Procédé Zèbre. She also gives writing and vocal workshops.