January 20, 2023
presented by ArsVitha & meakusma
Les Marquises ft Mike Ladd
Emilie Škrijelj : accordion, turntable, electronics
Mike Ladd : voice, poetry
Tom Malmendier : drums
In 2021, the duo open his door to the american rapper and poet Mike Ladd’s spoken word, for a post-futuristic dive in which two imaginary planets face to each other, a dramatic epic, a science fiction tale narrated by an outstanding storyteller on a sharp music which reveals the shape of an intimate and wild landscape.
“In the plastic organicity of this trio. We know the duo Emilie Škrijelj & Tom Malmendier, otherwise known as Les Marquises, we know Mike Ladd’s striking antics. Reunited, the 3 vocalists/instrumentalists deliver a tale of improvised anticipation, a modern and actual tale where a world disappears little by little in the wanderings and forgetfulness of what founded it. No link with ours? Possibly. Although. What is important with improvised music, as practiced, sought and found by Škrijelj & Malmendier, is that it lives with both feet in the most urgent reality. And Mike Ladd’s impatient ogre verve is not going to calm the game down. ”
Point Break, Guillaume Malvoisin
“This meeting in the summer of 2021 with one of the most radical duos of the French-speaking improvised scene is a testament to this, and it is undoubtedly in this aesthetic that he finally feels most comfortable. Recorded at the Météo festival in Mulhouse, this concert with drummer Tom Malmendier and accordionist and turntablist Émilie Škrijelj offers a double confirmation: first, Les Marquises is a band capable of building any climate. Secondly, Mike Ladd is a formidable narrator, capable of appropriating these imaginary latitudes and giving them life.”
CITIZENJAZZ, Franpi Barriaux
Yes Indeed (Bison – 33-33 – UK)
Yes Indeed are Laurie Tompkins & Otto Willberg. Live, they play keys, bouncy bass and sing over tactile, emotive samples. The music is fuggy and soaring, deliciously out of place.
On 2021’s ‘Exorcise’ EP, they let ratty violin, syrupy bass and foolish voices congeal over a backbone of co(s)mic spinnet and pit percussion. Boomkat rightly dubbed it “proper mad scones”. ‘Rotten Luck’ – a sodden, diaristic epic and YI’s first album proper – is out now on Bison.
Laurie is a composer, helps run the Slip label and has put out CDs on Entr’acte, 33-33 and Hyperdelia this year. Otto is a bassist, plays in groups with Ashley Paul & Charles Hayward and his great band Historically Fucked has an LP coming on Upset The Rhythm.