"Koyonaku" is the result of the encounter in downtown Tokyo between Japanese accordionist à qui avec Gabriel and guitarist Michel Henritzi.
The duo re-interprets through improvisation Enka music, soulful and melancholic popular Japanese songs. They meander solitary through these sad melodies in their very own iconoclastic ways. à qui avec Gabriel’s voice whispers in our ears and bewitches our senses with these love songs. Whether on the strings of the guitar or the keys of the accordeon, the combined 4-handed creative soul disconstruct this abstract blues with the perfect balance of sensuality and violence.
"Koyonaku" is a game of mirrors reflecting different exotic folklore, where each one of them feeds on the other, the suspended space of "mono no aware": this infinite melancholy of the present, echoing its silences, its cries and its screams.
A beautiful blues record for your lonely nights.
released November 27, 2016
1. Kasuba no Onna カスバの女
2. Ginza no Koi no Monogatari Ⅰ 銀座の恋の物語 Ⅰ
3. Kosame no Oka 小雨の丘
4. Walking in the shadows
5. Dare yorimo Kimi o Aisu 誰よりも君を愛す
6. Ginza no Koi no Monogatari Ⅱ 銀座の恋の物語 Ⅱ
7. I'm not similar to anyone else 私は誰にも似ていない
8. Hoshi no Nagareni 星の流れに
à qui avec Gabriel - accordion, voice, antonelli electric organ on (8), lyrics on (7)
Michel Henritzi - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lapsteel and voice on (5)
produced by Michel Henritzi and à qui avec Gabriel
recorded at CAVE 38,Metz France on May 25 and 26,2015
engineered and mastered by Kevin Le Quillec
art work by Sachiko (Musik Atlach)
cover photo by Michel Henritzi
portrait of à qui avec Gabriel by Toshiyuki Okubo
portrait of Michel Henritzi by Théo Jarrier
Thanks to Cedric, Ikeezumi san,Thierry,Eva, Catherine, Barth, Magali,JJ
Special thanks to Kevin Le Quillec
Bam Balam Records BBCD 041