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Please note: the bonus 7' contains those fabulous two Ave Maria interpretations that were included on the CD version (released in 2010) as uncredited bonus within the last track. 'Ghédalia Tazartès was born 1947 in Paris, where he still lives, to Turkish parents. He is one of those long time activists who do not have a tremendous list of releases. Within the 31 years since his first musical œuvre Ð Diasporas in 1979 Ð he only released 9 albums and a few EPs. Nonetheless he is praised as being one of the most creative European experimental artists and is often mentioned as an important influence on a lot of todays underground music exponents. Of course he was on the legendary Nurse With Wound-list Ghédalia Tazartès' music has always been a mystery. It switches from musique concrète to Ð existing or invented Ð ethnic music, from poetry to noise, or from loops and collages to sad and extremely beautiful tunes in a second, but it constantly is in flux and coherent. Or like André Glucksmann wrote: 'Ghédalia Tazartès is a nomad. He wanders through music from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. He paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker () Ghédalia is the orchestra and a pop group all in one person; the solitary opera explodes himself into an infinity of characters. The self is multitude and others. The author and his doubles work without a net, freely connecting the sounds, the rhythms, his voice, his voices. The permanent metamorphosis is a principle of composition, it escapes control, refuses classification. Off Limits, music descends, cries and screams when it touches the ground.' Hinterzimmer Records is extremely proud to release one of Ghédalia Tazartès' major works of the last 20 years, Ante-Mortem. Although simply named 1 to 23, the CD bears a collection of very diverse tracks, a couple of them connected in a thematical frame, others simply standing for themselves. What holds them all together is first and all Tazartes' archetypical voice. One could say that Ante-Mortem contains some of his harshest ever tracks as well as a couple of his most humorous ones. Generally it is more than exciting to hear that some parts of Ante-Mortem could as well have been created around the same time as his masterpiece Une Eclipse Totale De Soleil - his music sounds as timeless as it did 30 years ago. Nobody else ever sounded like Tazartes. Ante-Mortem sounds like Tazartes at its best.