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Mort Aux Vaches

  • Title: Mort Aux Vaches
  • Artist: Tarek Atoui
  • Label: Mort Aux Vaches
  • Format: CD
  • Price: €5,00EU (incl. 19% VAT)€4,20non-EU

Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980. He moved to France in 1998 and studied at the French National
Conservatoire of Reims. He describes himself as an electro-acoustic musician, although he works primarily
digitally, creating a uniquely abstract sound world with his experimental approach. Using his own patches of MAX/MSP, he makes soundscapes, often with beats, subject to breaks and asymmetries. This approach and method of work make him build a dedicated application for each musical composition where he gives a particular attention to improvisation and live performance.

In Paris he co-founded the Asa Djinnia Collective with Uriel Barthelemi involved with organizing and presenting creative and artistic events, and began
working with the Puce Muse studios and IRCAM, along with several theatrical and dance companies. With Romuald Tual (alias RO3), Atoui worked on the Onirica Album on the label Signature (collection of Radio France).
He is currently the co-artistic director of the Steim studios in Amsterdam where he leads and develops several projects and plays with Michel Waisviz on an
improvised electronic music duo. Along this, Tarek Atoui is also very active in Lebanon and the Middle East where he has several types of
multidisciplinary interventions such as giving workshops destined to artists, university students and teenagers, giving concerts and curating multidisciplinary events around performative arts and technology.
His work is highly politically engaged and concerned with the current Arab situation including in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. It is in that sense, that he
works with the communities of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and in that spirit that his release on the Mort Aux Vaches series is taking place.

“The recording of this release took place in Amsterdam a few days after Israel’s war on Lebanon in summer 2006, and I had just left Lebanon.
I had lived this war, seen the injustice of it, its savagery and how it tore away my people and country. I had lost persons I knew, and members of my family had lost their homes and shelters.
I dedicate this disc to the courage, the perseverance and the resistance of the Lebanese people as well as to the ones of all Arab and worldwide populations who are suffering and enduring illegal and unjust repressions and occupations.
I want this disc to be a violent message of hope, of denying all forms of repression and of believing in people‚s wills and right to freedom.”