This Catalan musician lives in Dali’s country and radiates on both sides of the Pyrenees, and even all the way to Japan! He lived in Barcelona for a few years and his Bel Canto Orchestra has been based there since 1985. In 1975, he released his first 12” Fluence, inspired by electronic music and especially by Richard Pinhas’ band Heldon. That was his first self-produced album as well as his first dalliance with visual arts with a screen-printed album cover made surreptitiously by Fine Arts students in Montpellier.
Comelade favors alternative paths and bridges thrown between different artistic fields, associating music with graphic design and literature. Comelade is an introvert and discrete jack-of-all-trades. Since the beginning, he has been exploring different universes such as film scores and ballets, among other things, through numerous collaborations (Bob Wilson, Sophie Calle, Sergi Lopez, PJ Harvey, Robert Wyatt, Jac Berrocal, Jaki Liebezelt (drummer of Can) and Jean-Hervé Peron (Faust)). These experiences gave birth to close to a hundred records.
He also collaborated with many graphic and comic book artists. Ceesepe, from the Spanish comic El Vibora, designed the record cover for El Primitivismo. Max designed the one for Haikus de Pianos and the painter Robert Combas did the one for Trafic d’Abstraction in 1993. In 1995, Willem did the artwork for El Cabaret Galactic. Alex Barbier imagined the sleeve for Musique pour Films, Vol.2. In 1999, Frank Margerin illustrated the anniversary album for the ten years of the FID (the international fair for records and comic books) while Philippe Manoeuvre and Pascal Comelade wrote the text Tribute to Joan Jett. Other contributors include Carlos Pazos for EspontexSinfonia; Claude Viallat for Ceret de Toros; Hervé di Rosa; American photographer Les Krims; Dupuy-Berberian for A Freak Serenade in 2009… Comelade’s world is atypical and his inspirations come from many different sources, from contemporary music to the Cramps, and make him one of the most creative and original artists of our times. At the crossroads of many different arts, never where he’s expected, he never ceases to surprise his audience, taking the listener on poetic paths of primitive perception.