Jun 22, 2009

The Free-Art Directions Of Nato Label


September 1980, jazz artists FRANCOIS MECHALI and BEB GUERIN appear as a bass duo at Chantenay - Villedieu festival... About a year later, festival co-founder, photographer and music producer JEAN ROCHARD releases these contrabass dialogues on vinyl LP... and here it is, label nato is born. Soon, more releases from festival artists will follow and gradually, the label will become the joining point for pioneering musicians and artists from France (Berrocal, Pauvros, Sclavis, Levaillant, Doneda, Thollot, Portal...), UK (Beresford, Eastley, Coxhill, Toop, Coe, Hymas...), Europe (Bennink, Sommer, Gumpert...), U.S. (Lindsay, Frisell, Zorn...), Japan (Ikue Mori, Kazuko Hohki...).

Jazz, improvisation, avant pop, classical, world music, electronics, poetry, visual arts, melt together into humorous and often happy eccentrity... famous themes are revisited... conceptual projects give honours to great masters (F. G. Lorca, Erik Satie, Alfred Hitchcock, J-L Godard...)... fine painters/illustrators (Espagnon, Moebius, Pierre Cornuel...) add their art... nato embraces life and creation in both a fictional and a documentary way.

Sublabels: Chabada, Cinenato, Hope Street, wan + wan

La Folie Du Jour selects natomusic:
I.
GUNTER SOMMER ET TROIS VIEUX AMIS isabel records boxes
(album: Ascenseur pour le 28, 1985)
ALTERATIONS sleeping beauty
(album: My Favourite Animals, 1984)

JAC BERROCAL distinguee
(album: Hotel Hotel, 1986)
JAC BERROCAL minuit la nuit
(album: Hotel, Hotel, 1986)

JACQUES THOLLOT l' au-dela
(album: Tenga Nina, 1996)

STEVE BERESFORD altitude
(album: Dancing The Line, 1985)

BERESFORD, TOOP, ZORN, MARSHALL jayne manshfield
(album: Deadly Weapons, 1986)
CAROLINE GAUTIER & OLIVIER FOY la croisiere immobile

(v.a. album: Godard ca vous chante?, 1985)
THE MELODY FOUR Lydia the tatooed lady
(album: Hello! We Must Be Going, 1987)
LEE KONITZ as tu le cafard
(v.a. album: Vol Pour Sidney, 199
2)
DENIS COLIN par rayonnement
(album: Etude De
Terrain, 2000)
KAHONDO STYLE werewolf woman
(alb
um: Green Tea & Crocodiles, 1987)
KAZUKO HOHKI rain on the railway line
(album: Love In Rainy Days, 1991)

JEAN FRANCOIS PAUVROS cri de cour
(album: Le Grand Amour, 1985)

JEAN FRANCOIS PAUVROS phillipine
(
album: Le Grand Amour, 1985).




II.
BERESFORD, TOOP, ZORN, MARSHALL king cobra
(album: Deadly Weapons, 1986)

COXHILL, THOMAS petite fleur
(v.a. album: Vol Pour Sidney, 1992)

BRITISH SUMMER TIME ENDS la nuit est une sorciere
(v.a. albu
m: Vol Pour Sidney, 1992)

FAT KID WEDNESDAYS bamako love
(album: The Art Of Cherry, 2
004)

DENIS COLIN TRIO sing swan song
(album: Songs For Swans, 2006)

TONY COE
la legende de l'oiseau
(album: Les Voix D'Itxsassou, 1990)
TONY COE nuit sur une place Helsinki
(album: Les
Voix D'Itxassou, 1990)
MICHEL DONEDA, DAUNI LAZRO fla flu
(album: General Gramofon, 1988)

THE LONEL
Y BEARS entre le Tigre et l'Euphrate
(album: Injustice, 1993)

TH
E RECEDENTS zombie bloodbath on the isle of dogs
(
album: Zombie Bloodbath On The Isle Of Dogs, 1991)
PHILIPPE DESCHEPPER choc ou louvre
(v.a. album: Ba
ndes Originales Du Journal De Spirou, 1989)
THE MELODY FOUR
working is the job
(album: Shopping For Melodies, 1988)

CLIVE BELL
aventure birmane
(v.a. alb
um: Bandes Originales Du Journal De Spirou, 1989)

TONY HYMAS qnr sur bretzelburg
(v.a album: B
andes Originales Du Journal De Spirou, 1989)

AMATI ENSEMBLE sonate en re mineur
(v.a album: Godard ca vous chante?, 1985)
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listen here: part I & part II



La Folie Du Jour recommends nato works:


























8 comments:

Lucky said...

a wonderful selection. thanks for compiling, introducing and sharing it.

nato homepage
http://www.natomusic.fr/
(french only)

Sotiris said...

Όμορφες πόρτες έχουν ανοίξει!!

Godard said...

What a joyful post, lovely selection...many thanks Paramo

Anonymous said...

fantastic

rainier

Anonymous said...

great. nato is one the best labels in europe. especialy sublabel chabada

Anonymous said...

oh naughty boy, in your list you forgot the first PIED DE POULE, "indiscretion"!!!

La Folie Du Jour said...

Anon, "Indiscretion" is not a 'nato' but a 'no man's land' release.

Homme Scalp said...

part 2 does not work.