Anika Kildegaard sings the Missa brevis Abbaye de Thélème

This missa brevis is part of the tradition of musical masses, from Guillaume de Machaut to Gabriel Fauré and Pierre Henry to cite French composers. I was also inspired by Mozart's short masses - I conducted one of them when I was a student. Six French poets are contributing major texts to the ceremony. The works gives voice to many musical styles: you might hear the influence of Pink Floyd, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Albert Ayler, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mylène Farmer, La Gale, Keny Arkana, or Lady Gaga.

  1. Introitus Instrumental
  2. Kyrie feat. Jhe Russell
    François Rabelais, Inscription mise sur la grande porte de Thélème
  3. Gloria
    Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Veillée
  4. Credo
    Paul Verlaine, Le ciel est par-dessus le toit, Asperges me
  5. Offertorium Instrumental
  6. Sanctus feat. Jhe Russell
    Arthur Rimbaud, Le Mal
  7. Benedictus
    Charles Baudelaire, L'Examen de minuit
  8. Agnus Dei
    François Villon, Ballade des pendus
  9. Ite, missa est Instrumental

Bonus Tracks

  1. Benedictus Radio Edit
  2. Agnus Dei Saint Bridget's Remix

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We created the instrumental titles with the unique Wombat trio: Justin K Comer, Carlos Cotallo Solares, Will Yager.

  • Voice recording: James Edel, Christopher Jensen
  • Mixing: Frédéric Apffel
  • Mastering: Jean-Charles Herrmann
  • Photography: Elisa Sutherland
  • Graphic creation: Marc Dannenhoffer

In the footsteps of François Rabelais, Anika raps against bigotry and profiteers of all kinds. She is candide with Desbordes-Valmore Where did we come from?, she grooves with Verlaine Say, what did you do with your youth?. She fervently sings Rimbaud and reveals herself to be mischievous and sensual with Baudelaire, whose tragical-satirical verses are as hot as ever. This album is a rebellious and incisive prayer, an invitation to reflection and action rather than genuflection.

And of course, we have François Villon. When in 1463 he wrote the Ballade des pendus from his prison cell, he launched a poignant appeal to his fellow human beings. Speaking on behalf of those found guilty by the courts – imprisoned or put to death, he implores his neighbors to have heart and not to condemn them a second time through their contempt and ignorance. Sadly, this call is still highly relevant more than five centuries later.


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