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CLAIR OBSCUR originated in 1981 in the new wave / cold wave /
industrial scene. Their shows mixing music and visual performances were
very quickly recognised, and became a reference to both the buying
public and the up and coming French independant radio stations. Clair
Obscur strived to nurture their musical creativity into atmospheres,
rather than just dispel mere melodies.
They were invited to play at the
Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris as well as to support Killing Joke at the
Palace in Paris, or play at the Cirque dHiver de Paris for the French
magazine Actuel which spoke of « rock Artaud ». Each show of the group
had to be a unique event always different from their previous show.
Clair Obscur invited performers, dancers, plasticians, musicians coming
from jazz and classical music... and attempted to break the established
sketches of the performance, as for example by creating in an Italian
style theatre (théâtre Déjazet in Paris) a feigned bucolic decorum,
featuring a chamber orchestra and replicas of famous impressionist
paintings, to destroy it immediately after.
The group were also invited
at the Printemps de Bourges, in Germany (Hamburg, Mainz, Wave Traffen
in Leipzig...), Austria (Wiener Festwochen/Töne und Gegentöne), Belgium
(Vooruit in Gent), Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich, Bienn)... They have
published a dozen of records on French, British, German and American
After an absence of seven years, Clair Obscur have formed up again in
November 2004. They have been invited at the Heaven's Gate festival in
Strasbourg, at the Kab de l'Usine in Geneva, at the Emo-Son festival in
Bourges, at La locomotive in Paris...
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