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Cédric Vuille

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biography[-]by Dave Lynch

For over 30 years, Swiss multi-instrumentalist Cédric Vuille has recorded some of the most accessible, engaging, and tuneful music ever to fall under the “avant-garde” rubric. His introduction to an international — although cultishly small — listening audience came in the early ’80s when he appeared on the debut album by the Rock in Opposition-informed band Débile Menthol; after that group called it a day, Vuille and another Débile Menthol member, Jean-20 Huguenin, formed the amiable but adventurous L’Ensemble Rayé, who would record and perform intermittently into the 21st century. In the mid-2000s, however, Vuille stepped out with his own recording projects, demonstrating his good-natured and far-reaching command of global musical styles and abilities on practically any instrument that could be plucked or strummed — plus clarinet. And as revealed by the liner notes to his 2007 CD, #804 Center Street, Vuille’s stylistic mélange was not just a meld of RIO and “world music” currents: he had spent a mid-’70s high-school year in the U.S. Pacific Northwest as an exchange student, soaking up the influences of such West Coast bands as Hot Tuna, It’s a Beautiful Day, and Little Feat. What he later did with those influences, however, was entirely his own.

Débile Menthol came along a bit too late for the first wave of the Rock in Opposition, whose charter members (Henry Cow, Univers Zero, Samla Mammas Manna, Stormy Six, and Etron Fou Leloublan) appeared, upon the instigation of Henry Cow, at the first RIO festival in London during 1978.

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  • LucasXDbr

    Great. Very good.

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • MARTIALCANTEREL

    salut cédric, comment vas-tu ? ton adresse "cedric.vuille@net2000.ch" ne fonctionne plus. je n'ai pas pu t'envoyer les épisodes 67 et 68 du feuilleton du vendredi. c'est du moins ce que me dit mon ordinateur. claude

    27 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Edelce

    Ésta bastante "agradable" la música de Cédric Vuille, me gustó.

    31 Mar 2009 Reply

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