Camille Émaille – Belisama - The Metallic Roots

Camille Émaille was the big surprise of Peter Brötzmann's four day festival in OTO in 2019, bringing her remarkably inventive percussion playing to the fore alongside free-jazz & improv heavy-weights. We hope to welcome Camille's return to OTO in the not-too-distant future, but in the meantime we're delighted to share this all new solo percussion suite by her, whipped up in the spring of 2021.

"Digging the metal, as one would dig a hole in the earth.
Metal expands. Sometimes, it seems to grow.
Mineral. Piercing space and other materials. Roots. Underground, aerial.
Metallic atoms are the ones with the hardest links.
Hard and binder.
In the centre, fire. Elusive and so present.
Metal as a matrix. Alma Matrix.
An origine without beginning. Total. Basic.
Find curved ancestors above the earth.
Going back to their home. My home. Inside myself.
Pur and grainy. Saturated.
The calmness of metal. Massiv stability.
A guardian of fire and time. Belisama.
Of the ones who forge matter, to find themselves, inside, among the metallic roots. "


Recorded in april 2021, in église Notre Dame de Vauvert, Argens and Café la pêche, Paris.
Recording, Mix, picture, texte Camille Émaille.

Mastered by Oliver Barrett


1 - Belisama - The Metallic Roots [53:44]

Camille Émaille

Camille Émaille is a French percussionist born in 1993 in Nice. She studied at the Musik-Akademie of Basel (Switzerland) with Christian Dierstein on contemporary music and with Fred Frith on free improvisation where she got a Bachelor Degree in percussion with Excellence in 2018. In 2016 she was a guest scholar at Mills College and studied there with William Winant, Fred Frith and Roscoe Mitchell. In 2017 she released her first solo album on the portugese label Creatives Sources Recordings. She considers music a part of everything, part of everyday life. That’s why she began to improvise, to feel music more as a flux, as something which is already here, something that we (the musician and the audience) just jump into… She works with many artists from varying fields, such as video, muppet theatre, shadow theater with the show Fontanalbe and plays in the musical projects Oxke Fixu (duo with clarinet),  Ghoast (duo with american saxophonist Tom Weeks), ESCARGOT (her quintet with Timothée Quost on trumpet, Xavière Fertin on clarinet, Louis Frères on e-bass and Tom Malmendier on drums). She used to organize and play in « wild » events, happenings that took place in unusual locations such as closed tunnels, abandoned hospitals, highway bridges, old synagogues (festival Myosotis); events where people go without any knowledge of what will transpire…