La Nef des Fous I (cd)
1 - Prologue
2 - Prélude aux Fous
3 - Variations sur le Thème du Fou
4 - Variations sur Migragne
5 - La valse du Fou
6 - La fuite
7 - Thème du Fou
8 - La marche du Fou
9 - Le prince et la princesse
10 - Le gibet
11 - Tintagel
Since the end of the nineties, after 7 colourful, spicy and iconoclast albums and a
certain number of vynils, Ep and live albums, the press and the audience continue to
highly acclaim the famous French cult band Gaë Bolg for its “original-bombastic-
psychiatric-psychedelic- cabaret-operatic-medieval music” (or sort of!).
But Gaë Bolg’s very first interest for music was for orchestral forms, classical
orchestras and contemporary music, he received a classical music education and
wrote in his youth several works for various symphonic and chamber ensembles, and
it’s consequently quite logical that he decides one day to confront the “rock’n roll”
aspects of his band to its early passion.
La Nef des Fous is an enormous multi-media symphonico-operatic project initially
destined to his band, his usual musicians and a various range of classical players,
based both on the comics of the French draftsman Turf and on the famous Bosch’s
Despite the first pieces have been written in 2002, La Nef des Fous is still, in 2011, a
work in progress, and Gaë Bolg continues to work on it in parallel to his other
La Nef des Fous I is the first part of this project and is written for a big classical
symphonic orchestra, with the help of 4 soloist singers and a double choir on 3 songs.
More than 100 musicians (including 6 percussionists!) are playing 8 completely
unreleased tracks written for the occasion and 3 older songs completely reworked for
the circumstance. It was recorded live in 2006 and 2008 during 2 concerts in Paris,
then reworked, mixed and masterised in studio in 2009 and 20010. Bombastic,
powerful and sarcastic, La Nef des Fous I can be seen as a phantasmatic echoe to
Prokofiev, Hindemith, Holst, a classical version of Magma and of course the usual Gaë
Bolg songs, but boosted by a sort of furious “rock’n roll” percussive feeling.
Very special guests are Gaudini TH+21 (of Omne Datum Optimum) on voice, Trublion
23 (of 23Trublion23) on drums and Jean-Marie Groud (of Seven Pines) on keyboards.
(digipack with a 16-pages booklet)
La valse du fou