May 12, 2019

Carmina - Angers, France (1977, Live, France)

Angers, France
May 24, 1977

Olivier BROCHART: keyboards, vocals
Michel DEUNEUVE: vibraphone, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Benoit LALLEMANT: vocals, percussion
Michel RADEL: bass
Manuel DENIZET: drums

Carmina is a Zeuhl-ish band from Chaumont, France, that opened for Magma for 4 dates in 1976. There seems to be a resurgence of interest in this band, so I made a quick and dirty transfer of an old cassette that I had.

Not very much is known about this band. Very few recordings exist. The drummer, Manuel Denizet, later went on to play with John Greaves of Henry Cow fame. And, according to Canterbury expert Aymeric Leroy, Gisselman was supposed to join National Health. And, from the Ork Alarm article, "Phillippe Gisselman to join Yochk'o Seffer's NEFFESH MUSIC. Gisselman then joined SERGE BRINGOLF's STRAVE and worked with Seffer on John Greaves album 'Accident' in 1982."

This recording is from the 1977 band. From what I understand, the 1976 band that opened for Magma had different instrumentation and a different sound. Magma Fan Jacques Guiton said that the instrumentation for this concert was "drums, two keyboards, vibes, bass and male vocals".

If anyone else has more information and more recordings of Carmina, please post it here.
Update #1: Jacques Guiton says that the name of this piece is "Hamra", and that Carmina was known for singing in Latin. And, at this concert, Carmina opened for Nico.
Update #2, courtesy of Aymeric Leroy:

Manu replies -
The lineup was:
Olivier BROCHART: keyboards, vocals.
Michel DEUNEUVE: vibraphone, keyboards, percussion, vocals.
Benoit LALLEMANT: vocals, percussion.
Michel RADEL: bass.
Manuel DENIZET: drums.

Indeed the piece performed was "Hamra".
NICO was supposed to headline this concert which concluded a tour with CARMINA supporting her on all dates, but she didn't grace us with her presence that night as she was looking for "product" that was "unavailable commercially" (sic).

According to Manu the date was June 2nd but my own records confirm the May 24th date.

Original post by Marc Adler here