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Erik Truffaz and Ed Harcourt


Réal : Kidam

Shot in Paris, 02 01 2007

With their Take-Away Shows, Chryde and Vincent Moon put a name on something I used to always have a hard time explaining to the musicians I wanted to film: “We could go outside… unplugged… one shot… blah blah blah…” Usually it wouldn’t end up happening because a musician thought the sound wouldn’t be as good as on a stage. But in less than a year, those two proved that the spark of life that emanates from these films is often more effective at helping people discover musicians than any regular live recordings. Vincent Moon marvelously gave life to this concept; ever since then, all that you have to say is, “Let’s do a Take-Away Show!” Thanks to both of them for their hard work and for the space they give to Kidam on this site.

When Marcello Giuliani and Erik Truffaz asked me to come down to Lausanne to film the recording of Arkhangelsk, their new album, the idea of making a Take-Away Show seemed imperative. The whole time I stayed there, we used to look at each other with sparkling eyes, wondering where and when. We thought it could be nice to make one in the museum of Art Brut with Cristophe, the singer, but he always woke up when the museum was closing, so it never happened.

Eventually we did these Take-Away Shows with the incredible Ed Harcourt, who came down to Lausanne to record a few songs with the Quartet. Ed Harcourt is an amazing singer, writer, and composer, but he’s not particularly well-known in France, despite his four incredible albums. (The last one, The Beautiful Lie, is a masterpiece.) Erik met him at a tribute to Chet Baker at the New Morning in Paris, where he amazed everybody with a performance of “My Funny Valentine”. He arrived for a live show in Nyon and two days of studio during which they recorded six songs with Erik, Marcello, Patrick Muller, and Marc Erbetta.

So we shot the first Take-Away Show on the banks of the Lac Léman, without any dialogue about what they were going play when arrived at the end of the dock.

“Nobody puts baby in the corner” is a phrase that gangsters in movies from the ‘30s used to say, meaning, “Don’t fuck with me!” Marcello Giuliani came up with the musical idea, and Ed Harcourt wrote the words in the studio. Just under this studio, in the basement, you’ll find the improbable music store where they played it live for the first time.

If you want to know more about Erik Truffaz Quartet’s new album, the making-of is available here.

Erik Truffaz’s Arkhangelsk will hit the stores on March, 12th.


Réal : Kidam

Shot in Paris, 02 01 2007