David Sanson

Before working as a journalist, author, and art advisor, David Sanson started out as a musician. He gave birth to his project That Summer in 1994 with the release of Drowsiness of Ancient Gardens. This album, which he co-created with Tony Wakeford (Death In June, Sol Invictus), and which featured an intervention by Rainier Lericolais, is considered as a precursor of the French wave of dark folk. Since then, five other CDs, released at more or less regular intervals and recorded between Paris, Montreal, and Berlin, have furthered his exploration and combination of a vast spectrum of musical directions – from ambient to post rock, from cold wave to electronic music – with the help of many musician friends (Tarwater, Pierre-Yves Macé, Sylvain Chauveau, Benoît Burello aka Bed, Minizza, Malcolm Eden, Emmanuel Lagarrigue…). Since they signed with Talitres Records in Bordeaux in 2005, That Summer has become a collective gathered around David Sanson and comprising Nicolas Jorio (La Chatte), Pierre Fruchard and Etienne Bonhomme (Innocent X), and Olivier Cavaillé. The LP Back from Ancient Gardens (Industry & Idleness) was released through Optical Sound in December 2014, celebrating That Summer’s 20th anniversary with a series of covers and remixes from musicians who collaborated on the project over the years. That Summer is also known for its many collaborations with visual artists: Saâdane Afif, François-Xavier Courrèges, Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Julien Sirjacq, Rainier Lericolais… In 2013-2014, David Sanson was a resident music historian at the Villa Medici in Rome.  

That Summer : www.thatsummermusic.com

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