Original Issue: 2007 Private Release (No Number) Buy it here!!!
Margot-meter: 5 moons / 5
For this Esbat I'd like to use the bit of visibility this blog has gained (thank you, folks) to promote the work of a French artist I've recently encountered during my travels across Europe: Luc Arbogast.
More details about him below.
Please if you like the musick (and I know lots of you will) come into contact with the Artist and buy his CDs that I consider real gems in the modern medieval revival trend. Essential listening!!!
His "Hortus Dei" is in heavy rotation in my CD player since day one I purchased it :)
2. La rosa enflorece
3. La valse du miroir
4. In memoriam Alesia
5. Pälastina lied
6. Dame de Cataluña
7. Non sofre Santa Maria
8. Beold de maï
9. Entre moi et mon ami
11. Hortus Dei
It’s been a long time since I had such an unusual and memorable experience and it happened while we were looking at the cathedral in Strasbourg. A guy sitting on a stool started playing an instrument (called a bouzouki) and singing. He is pretty large guy and has several tattoos on each arm.
You look at him and expect a real husky voice. To begin with his voice was pretty low and slowly started crescendo. What was astonishing was the power and pitch of his voice. He is labelled as a “Countertenor mezzo-soprano”. For myself and maybe others this means he got to really high notes and was able to hold them at great ease ! I didn’t have anything I could use to record him and although a friend recorded the voice on a phone, the quality isn’t good.
To describe the overall style I suppose I would say medieval or Shakespearian, a really beautiful moment and after searching on the Internet I can only tell you that the disc is not yet available on the Internet anywhere. The guy is called Luc Arbogast and from what I understand he also plays with his wife Mélusine who wasn’t there on this occasion.
Before he started singing there were maybe five or six people in front of the cathedral and when he finished I would guess there were over fifty in a semi-circle around him. He switched from German to French with great ease after singing, talking to people wanting to buy his CD. He has a French father (from Strasbourg) and German mother.