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Mohan Thomas
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Mohan Thomas Just sublime! I can't believe I have only just discovered Florent Ghys. Such a unique - but distinct - compositional voice that makes this unusual instrumentation seem like it ought to be ubiquitous. The music is everything from playful to meditative to urgent to surreal. It's cerebral but it makes sense, and it moves you. The description is right: 'equal parts groove, melody and meditation'.

It's only fitting that Ghys has assembled a such a top notch group of musicians to play it.
Aaron Garcia
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Aaron Garcia Florent's band rules. There's a lot of creativity with the rhythmic material and I love the low end ensemble sound. Favorite track: Friday 3pm.
bær
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bær Florent Ghys always consistently delivers creative rhythmic invention in his composition. After the cyborg-bass album Télévision, it's great to hear the acoustic parallels in his notated compositions here in Bonjour. Favorite track: Tuesday Noon around 12:21.
Olga Kivius
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Olga Kivius I've already lost my hope to see this amazing album of the chamber ensemble "Bonjour" leaded by contrabassist Florent Ghys officially released. It was made 3 years ago. And what was my surprise!
I find it as one of his best works, made in the flavor of classical modern minimalism with the influence of rock and experimental avant-garde music, that actually is very suitable to the label Cantaloupe Music )
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Bonjour is a low string band with drums/percussion founded in 2012 by bassist and composer Florent Ghys. Combining basses, cello, guitars, drumkit, pitched percussion, melodica, and voices, Ghys creates music that easily slides across genre barriers, bringing the listener into an unusual sound world that’s equal parts groove, melody and meditation.

In the wake of Ghys’ beloved Cantaloupe release Télévision — a Dada-esque exploration of alto double bass meshed with layers of found sounds, processed vocals and a sci-fi sensibility — Bonjour’s self-titled debut is more directly performance-based, but no less compelling for its overall sound. From the jazz-laced, indie-pop lilt of “Thursday Afternoon” to the woozy, off-kilter mood of “Tuesday Noon Around 12:21,” the album shimmers with influences that push it beyond the safety net of “new classical” music to something altogether edgy, adventurous, and even slightly art-damaged.

Ever-curious and always engaging, Ghys has lately taken a keen interest in composing for small ensemble; his piece “An Open Cage,” composed for the Bang on a Can All-Stars’ Field Recordings, comes to mind. With Bonjour, he has found the perfect group of musicians to allow his imagination to run wild.

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released August 26, 2016

Bonjour is:
Ashley Bathgate - cello and voice
Florent Ghys - alto bass and voice
James Moore - guitars and voice
Eleonore Oppenheim - bass and voice
Owen Weaver - drums/percussion and voice

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Florent Ghys Princeton, New Jersey

''Florent Ghys is one of a new breed of composer/performers who thrives on performing the music he composes. He creates highly contrapuntal, post-minimalist chamber music showcasing intelligent multi-tracking and inventive use of electronics and sampled speech.'' - Q2 radio ... more

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