A woman's journey

by Madeleine & Salomon

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A lonely voice, surveying a minor scale and reciting fundamentally feminist lines. Thus commences this first album of Madeleine & Salomon, “A Woman’s Journey”. A minimalist and delicate duo tackling a humanist and rebellious repertoire. Madeleine sings, Salomon sits at the piano. Madeleine & Salomon, a duo with a natural elegance, “less is more” their essence.

LES INROCKS - Les 10 albums Jazz de l’été
« Pas l’ombre d’une folie ici, aucune hystérie non plus, on s’en tient à une classe non feinte et à cet instant de grâce qui nous fait l’obligeance de durer un album entier. » Louis-Julien Nicolaou

JAZZ MAGAZINE - CHOC Jazz Magazine Juin 2016 / Jazz Magazine’s CHOC June 2016
« Nous sommes d'emblée saisis. La production est aussi raffinée que discrète, faisant toute la place à l'émotion seule et l'on réécoute à l'envie ce disque ensorcelant. » Franck Bergerot
'It captures you immediately. The production is as refined as it is discreet, giving full rein to the emotion. You’ll want to listen to this spellbinding record again and again.’ Franck Bergerot

JAZZ NEWS - Indispensable Juin 2016 / Essential June 2016
« Dès son premier morceau, A Woman's Journey installe une ambiance incroyable littéralement hors du temps. (...) » Mathieu Durand

« Leur version de Strange Fruit est exemplaire du souffle qui porte tout ce travail : majestueux, avec une forme de gravité pudique. Un disque fabuleux. » Raphaëlle Tchamitchian

CULTURE JAZZ - Disque « Oui - On aime » / Their ‘We Love This’ album
« Attention, chef d’œuvre et je ne mâche pas mes mots ! » Florence Ducommun
‘Look out, here comes a masterpiece, and I’m not mincing my words!’ Florence Ducommun

« A l’arrivée, on ne se lasse pas du disque ensorcelant, envoûtant, hypnotique, doublé de l’hommage déclaré à plusieurs vocalistes engagées (Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Mimi Farina, Janis Joplin, Janis Ian). » Bruno Pfeiffer
‘One is enthralled by this enchanting, captivating, hypnotic album right from the start. It is also a homage to several socially and politically-aware singers (Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Mimi Farina, Janis Joplin, Janis Ian).’ Bruno Pfeiffer

FIP - FRANCE MUSIQUE - Album de la semaine du 6 Juin / Album of the week: 6th June
« La richesse des arrangements du duo nous embarque dans un maelstrom d'émotions pures, ponctuées par de précieux silences. Les albums de reprises sont légion, rares sont ceux qui rendent grâce à des oeuvres aussi fortes, avec une telle inspiration et une telle élégance. » Laurent Valero
‘The duo’s sumptuous arrangements carry us in a maelstrom of pure emotion, punctuated with precious silences. Cover albums are ten a penny, but few imbue such powerful songs with such grace, such inspiration and such elegance.’ Laurent Valero

« Un voyage intérieur. Aux tréfonds de la voix d'une femme-femme, grave et vaporeuse, et sur la crête d'un piano qui lui dessine des décors de rêves éveillés. Soleil sombre, sourires fragiles, un souffle de vie à l'heure bleue. Inattendu, in-entendu et juste nécessaire. » Alex Dutilh
‘An inner voyage, to the depths of a real woman’s voice, deep and hazy, on the crest of a piano which traces a décor of waking dreams. Sombre sun, uncertain smiles, a breath of life at dead of night. Unheralded, unheard-of and totally necessary.’ Alex Dutilh

« Une aventure musicale grave comme la voix de la chanteuse et délicate comme le piano de son complice. Attention poésie! » Laure Albernhe
‘A musical adventure as deep as the singer’s voice and as delicate as her partner’s piano. Poetry alert!’ Laure Albernhe


released May 20, 2016

Tzig'art, Promiseland, Clotilde Rullaud, Alexandre Saada



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Madeleine & Salomon Paris, France

Madeleine & Salomon is the meeting of two artists with well established musical visions : the vocalist and flutist Clotilde and the pianist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Alexandre Saada.
Long-term friends, they discovered, during a tour of Asia, that they shared a common musical aesthetic and decided to form Madeleine & Salomon with its minimalistic music stamped in impressionist poetry.
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Track Name: Image
“She does not know her beauty. She thinks her brown body has no glory. 
If she could dance naked under palm trees
and see her image in the river she would know. But there are no palm trees in the street
and dishwater gives back no images.”
Track Name: Swallow Song
“Do you hear the calling of a hundred thousand voice ? Hear the trembling in the stone ?
 Do you hear the angry bells ringing in the night ? 
Do you hear the swallows when they've flown ?”
Track Name: All the pretty horses
“Way down yonder in de medder there's a po’baby crying.
Bees an' de butterflies peckin' out its eyes, po’ lil thing is crying "Mammy!”
Track Name: No Government / High School drag
“If everybody knew what they wanted, there'd be nothing, nothing left. People would do what they wanted, and there'd be no government.
If everyone knew what they wanted. if everyone knew what they wanted, people would see with clarity and there’d be no suffering.”

“Sleep, man, and you might wake up digging the whole
human race giving itself three days to get out. Tomorrow is a drag pops, the future is a flake.
We cough blood on this earth.
Now there’s a race for space.
We can cough blood on the moon soon. Tomorrow’s dragsville, cats.
Tomorrow is a king size drag.”
Track Name: At seventeen
“I learned the truth at seventeen, that love was meant for beauty queens
 and high school girls with clear-skinned smiles
 who married young and then retired. And those of us with ravaged faces
, lacking in the social graces, desperately remained at home
 inventing lovers on the phone.
It was long ago and far away, the world was younger than today
 when dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling girls like me”
Track Name: Strange fruit
“Southern trees bear strange fruit, blood on the leaves and blood at the root, black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”
Track Name: Save the children
“There'll come a time, when the world won't be singin', flowers won't grow, bells won't be ringin'. Who really cares? Who's willing to try to save a world that is destined to die ?”
Track Name: Little girl blue
“Sit there and count the raindrops falling on you. It's time you knew, all you can ever count on are the raindrops that fall on little girl blue.”
Track Name: The end of silence / Mercedes Benz
"Have you waited so long, 'Til your unheard song has stripped away your very soul ? Well then, believe it my friend that this silence will end, we'll just have to get guns and be men."

“Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?”
Track Name: Les fleurs
“Inside every man lives the seed of a flower, if he looks within he finds beauty and power.”
Track Name: Four women
“My back is strong, strong enough to take the pain inflicted again and again. My name is AUNT SARAH.
Between two worlds I do belong. My father was rich and white, he forced my mother late one night. My name is SAFFRONIA
My hips invite you, my mouth like wine, whose little girl blue am I? Anyone who has money to buy. My name is SWEET THING
My manner is tough. I'll kill the first mother that messes with me, my life has been much too rough. I'm awfully bitter these days because my parents were slaves. My name is PEACHES”