HERETICS: ANNE-JAMES CHATON & ANDY MOOR (The Ex)

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From November 2018

Heretics’ is a series of portraits of radical figures found throughout the history of schismatic thinking. Heretical figures such as Caravaggio, Stanley Kubrick, Bernard Heidseck, Jose Mujica, Marquis de Sade and Johnny Rotten are presented here in the form of poetic texts and combined with catchy melodies and experimental noise. Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor’s more than a decade long collaboration becomes an exciting multi media event with music, poetry and projections of both photos and films relating to the subjects they deal with. They researched and created the material for Heretics during a residency in the French port of St Nazaire, in July 2014. They use voice, guitars and electronics, to collaboratively explore their ideas and cowrite texts and music. Chaton’s powerful delivery and hypnotic style holds it’s own amidst Andy Moor’s guitar building a rich wall of sound, melody and noise around him. Shaped by jagged distorted guitars and penetrating chords, the duos combination of guitar and poetry evokes a new genre.

The duo Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor has produced
original works where poetry and guitar combine in explorations
of thematic axes. With the project ‘Heretics’, of which ‘Tout ce
que je sais’ (All I know) is the second part, they revive the most
obscure, violent, erotic passions, summoning the great figures
of their personal mythologies. In the company of Caravaggio,
Marquis de Sade, William Burroughs and figures such as Jose
Mujica, the duo immerses the listener in another world history
peopled by radical thinkers. ‘Heretics’ pays homage to those
heroes who have used transgression and excess as a necessary
means for creation. In this new album, recorded live at the
Carreau du Temple in Paris on the occasion of Périphérie du 35e
Marché de la Poésie (2017), Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor
deliver a radical work at the confines of literary and musical
creation.

Anne-James Chaton is a writer, poet and artist living in Paris.
He explores the relations between spoken words & music, both
in concert situation and on recordings.
Andy Moor is a guitarist, well known for being a member of the
dutch group ‘The Ex’, and for his active career as an improvisor
on the international scene of avant-gard instant music.
Chaton and Moor have formed the duo in 2006. Their live set is
represented by Lebeau and associés, Paris. Their recorded works
as a duo include Le Journaliste (CD), Transfer (CD and a series
of four 7” singles), and recently Heretics with the participation
of Thurston Moore (CD and DVD), all released on Unsounds. The
LP Tout ce que je sais will be presented exclusively during Record
Store Day 2018, two months ahead of it’s official release.
Chaton and Moore are on tour with an exclusive CD release of
the album in Spring 2018.

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