Aksak Maboul

Aksak Maboul

Infobox musical artist |
Name = Aksak Maboul

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Background = group_or_band
Alias = Aqsak Maboul
Origin = Belgium
Genre = Avant-progressive rock
Years_active = 1977–1981
Label = Kamikaze, Crammed
Associated_acts = Henry Cow, Art Bears, The Honeymoon Killers
Current_members =
Past_members = Marc Hollander Vincent Kenis Marc Moulin Chris Joris Catherine Jauniaux Frank Wuyts Michel Berckmans Denis van Hecke

Aksak Maboul (also spelt Aqsak Maboul for a while) were a Belgian avant-garde rock band founded in 1977 by Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis. They made two studio albums, "Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine" (1977) and "Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits" (1980), the last one with ex-Henry Cow members Chris Cutler and Fred Frith. They were also active in the Rock in Opposition movement. cite web |url=http://www.gepr.net/aa.html#AKSAKMAB |title=Aksak Maboul |work=The Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock |accessdate=2008-07-23 ] cite web |url=http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gbfuxq8hldhe |title=Un Peu de l'Ame des Bandits |first=Caleb | last=Deupree |work=All Music |accessdate=2008-07-23 ]


Aksak Maboul began in 1977 as a duo of Marc Hollander (keyboards, reeds) and Vincent Kenis (accordion, guitar, bass guitar). Marc Moulin (keyboards) and Chris Joris (percussion, keyboards) joined later, and with this line-up, plus guests Catherine Jauniaux (voice) and others, they recorded their first album, "Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine" (French for "Eleven Dances for Fighting Migraine"). It was released in 1977 under the name Marc Hollander / Aksak Maboul on an independent record label, Kamikaze Records. cite web |url=http://www.crammed.be/crammed/101/index.htm |title=Aksak Maboul - Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine |work=Crammed Discs |accessdate=2008-07-23 ]

"Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine" was a playful mix of musical forms, cultures and genres. With drum machines and looping organ lines, it shuffled between improvised jazz, ethnic music, electronics and classical music. It was largely an instrumental album with snatches of singing and voices.

In late 1977 Aksak Maboul started performing live, during which time Frank Wuyts (percussion, keyboards) replaced Joris and Moulin, and Denis van Hecke (cello) and Michel Berckmans (bassoon, oboe) of Univers Zéro joined. cite web |url=http://www.crammed.be/crammed/002/index.htm |title=Aksak Maboul - Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits |work=Crammed Discs |accessdate=2008-07-23 ] In early 1979, Hollander invited Chris Cutler and Fred Frith of the recently defunct avant-garde rock group Henry Cow to join Aksak Maboul on their next record. cite web |url=http://www.ccutler.com/ccutler/bands/group05.shtml |title=Aqsak Maboul / Marc Hollander |first=Chris, |last=Cutler |work=Chris Cutler homepage |accessdate=2008-07-23 ] They rehearsed together, performed in a few concerts and then went to Sunrise Studio, Kirchberg in Switzerland to record their second album, "Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits" (French for "A Little of the Bandit Spirit"). This was released in 1980 on Crammed Discs, a new independent record label Hollander had created to release the album.

"Un Peu de l'Ame des Bandits" was more intense and experimental than their first album. It contained complex written sections as well as improvised ambient pieces. It used sampling before samplers were invented and was a mixture of tangos, Turkish tunes, chamber rock, noisy punk rock and pseudo-Varèse music. Like the first album, it was instrumental with a little singing and voices.

Back on the road again, Aksak Maboul joined the Rock in Opposition (RIO) movement and in April 1979 they performed at an RIO festival at the Teatro dell'Elfo in Milano, Italy. Aksak Maboul were one of the last of the original RIO bands. [ cite web |url=http://www.squidco.com/rer/RIO.html |title=Rock in Opposition |first=Phil |last=Zampino |work=SquidCo |accessdate=2008-07-23 ]

In early 1980, Hollander founded the Crammed Discs independent record label. A few months later the original nucleus of Aksak Maboul (Hollander and Kenis) and the core of a Brussels band Les Tueurs de la Lune de Miel joined forces to become The Honeymoon Killers. They toured Europe between 1980 and 1981, although still under the name Aksak Maboul. "Bosses de Crosses", one of the first pieces they composed, was included on the CD re-issue of "Un Peu de l'Ame des Bandits". They later recorded an album "Tueurs de la Lune de Miel / Honeymoon Killers" and toured for a few months under that name.

The last recorded work by Aksak Maboul appeared on a 1984 compilation album, "Made to Measure Vol. 1", where the original duo of Hollander and Kenis contributed seven tracks of new material composed for a play by Michel Gheude based on the life of Maïakovsky. [ cite web |url=http://www.discogs.com/release/508518 |title=Various - Made To Measure Vol.1 |work=Discogs |accessdate=2008-07-23 ] The music here has been described as "minimalist rock" and is very different from their two studio albums. By the mid-1980s Aksak Maboul ceased to exist as a group, but Hollander and Kenis continued to play an active role in Crammed Discs' musical policies.


*Marc Hollander – keyboards, reeds, percussion, drum machine
*Vincent Kenis – accordion, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, percussion
*Marc Moulin – keyboards
*Chris Joris – keyboards, soprano saxophone
*Catherine Jauniaux – singing
*Frank Wuyts – percussion, keyboards
*Michel Berckmans – bassoon, oboe
*Denis van Hecke – cello


tudio albums

*"Onze Danses Pour Combattre la Migraine" (LP 1977, Kamikaze Records, Belgium / CD 2003, Crammed Discs, Belgium)
*"Un Peu de l'Âme des Bandits" (LP 1980, Crammed Discs, Belgium / CD 1995, Crammed Discs, Belgium)

Appears on

*"Made to Measure Vol. 1" by Various artists (LP 1984, Made To Measure, Belgium) – Aksak Maboul contribute seven tracks of new material


* On their first album, the band's name was spelt Aksak Maboul, "Aksak" being a Turkish word for "walking with a limp" (and used to describe the band's uneven, asymmetrical rhythms), and "Maboul" being a French word from the Arabic meaning "insane". When their second album was first released, the band's name changed, for reasons unknown, to Aqsak Maboul, but reverted to the original spelling again when the album was re-issued on CD in 1995.


External links

* [http://www.ccutler.com/ccutler/bands/group05.shtml Aqsak Maboul / Marc Hollander] "Chris Cutler homepage".
*amg | id = 11:o8jieaz04x07 | label = Aksak Maboul.
* [http://www.crammed.be/crammed/101/index.htm Aksak Maboul] at Crammed Discs.
*Discogs artist | artist = Aksak+Maboul | name = Aksak Maboul .

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