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Based on the novel of the same name by Murakami Ryu, Lignes is a highly unusual, avant-garde electroacoustic composition from French composer and guitarist Bruno Letort, featuring contributions from chamber ensemble Musiques Nouvelles (as conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy) and vocalists Kumi Okamoto and Klaus Blasquiz (former singer with French prog rockers Magma). "Bruno Letort is a French composer born in 1963 in Vichy. This guitarist published a series of albums on the border of jazz and rock in the early '80s (with Manu Katche, Noël Akchoté, Didier Malherbe...). His discography from the '90s contains more 'scored' music for orchestra (Pièces pour les pays baltes, 1992 ; Le Continent obscur, commissioned by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, 1998-99), his 'Fables électroniques' (2001) blends concrete/electronic sounds with a symphony orchestra. In 2004, Bruno Letort recorded a new album called 'E(a)st', the fruit of many trips to East-European countries. That same year, he became 'composer in residence' at the National Orchestra of Belarus. Bruno Letort's approach has always referred to multidisciplinarity. Witness the number of works he has composed for dance, theater, cinema, video and scenography. Closely related to Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten (emblematic figures of the Belgian comic strip), he composed with them L'Affaire Désombres. In 2000 he founded the Radio France label Signature which has recorded artists as diverse as Pierre Henry, Fred Frith, Hector Zazou, Elliott Sharp, Jean-Luc Godard, Luc Ferrari, Christian Fennesz, Mika Vainio, and Christian Zanési."