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Leading Belgian polymath Dennis Tyfus invokes the theatric psychodrama of Ghédalia Tazartès or Samuel Beckett in a compelling recording for guess-again specialists A Colourful Storm.
As organiser of the Ultra Eczema label and an accomplished artist, performer and visual artist in his own right, Tyfus surely needs little introduction to acolytes of the contemporary European avant garde, but for everyone else, trust he’s a force of nature with a prolific catalogue of collaborative work spanning back to the early ‘00s.
Tyfus’ solo sides are relatively few and far between, making this snapshot of shows at Café Oto in 2022, and Serre-klanken, Hoeilaart, 2021, a relatively rare window into his solo practice in action. It really pushes the boat out for the cool heads at ACS, invoking the multifarious spirits of former spar Ghédalia Tazartès in a followup to his 2008 work ‘Zangstondes’.
Side A’s ‘A Surprise Visit From Lyon at Café Oto 22.12.2022’ is the main course. Opening bestial and panting, it unexpectedly turns into a theatric dialogue of surrealist cabaret between strange characters hollering like an exaggerated musical across the stage, seemingly both enacted by Tyfus, in possession of a genuinely staggering vocal range, and accompanied by the odd piano flourish. Despite the obvious surrealist comedy of the piece, there’s something vaguely ominous - the whiff of persecution, of otherness, hanging in the air.
The B-side’s ‘Jean Louis - live at Serre-klanken, Hoeilaart, 28.08.2021’ is much shorter and explicitly “musical”, introducing the characters with keys before they continue the surrealist dramaturgy in short form.