Delphine Dora, Paulo Chagas, Bruno Duplant – Onion Petals As Candle Light (Wild Silence, 2012)
« Have you ever heard of Delphine Dora? French piano player born in 1980? Probably not. She’s a singer songwriter and improvisor, and this should be her thirteenth album so far. Yet no singer songwriter stuff on this album, … or no, I should say it differently: this music captures the essence of good songs but without the vocals. Each of the ten pieces is self-contained, short and with a precise character and sound, which is gentle yet profound, full of intimate lyricism and beauty. Her companions in gentleness are Paulo Chagas on clarinets and Bruno Duplant on bass, two musicians whom I’ve written favorably about before. All three are in the same storytelling mode, full of vulnerable emotions and precise phrasing, and with sufficient sense of contrasts to keep the attention going. Notes are used sparingly, but to great effect. Listen for yourself. I can only hope to hear more from this trio soon. » (Stef for Free Jazz, ****)
Album can be listened : bandcamp
Delphine Dora & Half Asleep,You’re Not Mad, You’re Just Lonely (We Are Unique Records – 2012)
You’re not mad, you’re just lonely is a full-length recording from the duo Delphine Dora & Half Asleep. Together, the French and Belgian musicians crafted an album of startling pop songs, with classical, experimental and contemporary influences, taking an obvious pleasure in their collaboration while seeking to push forward the boundaries of their respective universes. During the session, they invoked the literary spectres of playwright Sarah Kane, writer Janet Frame, famous wife and letter-writer Zelda Fitzgerald, or of Beckett’s fictional character Molloy… The result is a spontaneous and somewhat heterogeneous collection of songs centred on the piano and vocal, and that will take the listener to a variety of enchanted, amusing or terrifying places.
Album to listen/download : Bandcamp
Les Loustics, Les squelettes (2011)
[outsider, children free jazz, folk]
LES LOUSTICS is a musical project run by three children : Artense (7 years old), Lucie (9 years old) and Clement (12 years old) and conducted by two musicians (Delphine Dora and Dana Hilliot). Together, they improvised songs quickly in few hours in a very spontaneous way. It took only 3 afternoon sessions to record this album.
The texts were written by Sing Sing (aka Florian Cachera). Covers pictures by Benoît Guillaume.
Delphine Dora & Harps Of Fuschia Kalmia, Devenir Animal & Pantomima Terrestre (2009)
[Free Folk, Psych drone]
Delphine Dora at voice, piano & casiotone,
Harps of Fuchsia Kalmia at Tampura Swarmanthal, Harmonium, Resonant, Ukulele, Dulcimer, Zither, Balalaika, Sansula, Shruti Box and Israj.
Harps of Fuchsia Kalmia is the new weird-folk, avant-folk forest-music project of Salvatore Borrelli (etre, wondrous horse); the music is made in a direct way, without processing or any other disturbance. Here he is joined by delphine dora, who adds her honey sweet voice and piano to this already captivating set of sounds. A perfect collage of traditional folk, field recordings, organic drones and percussion. sluggish dulcimer & guitar plucks crescendo beneath the drone of the harmonium. uniquely improvisational and experimental without loosing its familiarity, there’s only one way to discover this world. press play. )
« a perfect collage of traditional folk, field recordings, organic drones and percussion. Delphine’s airy vocals mingle with the drum beats, space sounds and radio static. birds chirp, dogs bark, cars drive by, and records spin backwards. luggish dulcimer & guitar plucks crescendo beneath the drone of the harmonium. uniquely improvisational and experimental without loosing its familiarity, there’s only one way to discover this world. press play. If your into Caethua, Vapaa, nnck, Nalle, Islaja, and any other trippy explorations of italy, Finland and forest spirits everywhere, this tape will not disappoint. »
Albums for free download here
Dora’li, Saeglin (Young Girls Record- 2008)
[free folk, experimental, avant-garde, primitive]
Dora’li is the musical collaboration between delphine dora and ‘li. It’s an improvisation project which consists mainly on our two voices together, and our 4 hands playing the piano. Sometimes, delphine plays the piano, while ‘li sings. Sometimes, it’s the contrary. SÆIEGLÎ:N , our first record, is the result of three afternoon of improvisations (between february and april 2007). Vocalizations between whispers and shout, wordless and imaginary langage, avant-garde piano playing and ethnic primitive sounds: it’s almost what you can hear in this adventurous and free record which explore the different sides of voice and musical exploration.
Album for free download here (+ unreleased Tracks) : FMA