SLEEPER HITS : TROPICAL ABSTRACTIONSA modular live experience in music and film by Nicolas Nadar & Radu ZERO
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!!!
Nous y voilà! C'est aujourd'hui que paraît ce nouveau disque, fruit d'une collaboration intense et toujours stimulante avec mon ami Radu Zero. En cherchant ensemble les points de rencontre, de fusion entre l'art cinématographique et l'univers pop, nous avons développé...
Podcast EP06: Palm Wine
Segment le plus délibérément kitsch dans son exotisme de pacotille, ce titre aux sons vintage et au noir et blanc granuleux conte le glissement de l’ivresse joyeuse du vin de palme à l’obscénité de l’exploitation de l’huile de palme, mauvais rêve tropical de notre...
Podcast EP05: Kaplan Redux
Né du souffle d’un harmonium usé, ce nouvel extrait de “Sleeper Hits : Tropical Abstractions” explore en trois temps - temps de la valse, et temps du découpage cinématographique - la question de l’identité et de son révélateur qu’est l'œuvre artistique. Librement...
Podcast EP04: What Doesn’t Kill You
Morceau d’ouverture du projet cinématographique et musical “Sleeper Hits : Tropical Abstractions”, “What Doesn’t Kill You” se présente comme la naissance d’un monde, la genèse de l’univers harmonique, visuel et symbolique à venir. Exploration de l’identité, du...
Ambient torch songs, palm wine folk, electronic landscapes and kaleidoscopic trip-hop, these are a few of the musical colours you’ll discover on this visual and sonic rollercoaster.
Known for his melodic imagination and minutely crafted arrangements, Nicolas Nadar leaves all easy options behind, aiming to create something new under the sun (of the tropics).
11 visual mysteries run through by ether, ebony water, sweet poison and mahogany sand. 11 labyrinths tinged with liquid symbolism, in the jungle of which hide the masks of forgotten spirits, of stonefish and inverted dancers.
11 moist and hushed documentaries, illuminated by the electric fiction of a tropical night.
Radu ZERO delivers an enigma in ten acts, with open meanings, elliptical, exploring the limits of the direct perception of images, venturing on the field of memory, using “déjà-vu” as a filmic structure.
A movie made of movies, to watch and hear as a spiritual inquiry in the center of a forgotten journey.
A genuine four-hand composition, Sleeper Hits:Tropical Abstractions is unique in its unified vision, its multi-level dialogue between music and film.
Both experimental and immediately seductive, SH:TA invites you to take part in its emotional puzzle, conceived to work either as a predefined succession of tracks, or as a personal journey mapped by chance and shuffle mode.
Active on the Swiss and European art scene for more than fifteen years.
Creator of scenic projects and installations joining video, visual arts and music. His work as a video artist is mainly reflected in hybrid fictions. Deliberate oscillations on the very theme of form and on the perception of the image, on the mise en abyme of established codes of perception, his films are as much cinematographic objects as constantly mutating experimental creations.
Radu ZERO also works as a videographer for various contemporary theater and dance companies.
Over the last three years he has collaborated with Matei Visniec, La Cie De nuit comme de jour, Robert Garieri aka “Roccobelly”, and has presented three experimental fictional feature films in targeted and demanding arthouse cinema halls and festivals, like the Green Hours and Clubul Taranului / Romania, Arsenic, Grütli, Zinema, Sputnik, SAS / Switzerland. In summer 2016 he took part in the RAC, a residence for contemporary art in Brasov / Transylvania.
Swiss singer-songwriter Nicolas Nadar first started his career in 2006 as Fauve. Hailed by the press, embraced by the French magazine Les Inrocks, his first, self-titled album got him invited to perform in many clubs and festivals in Switzerland and France, as well as the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007, with Raphelson, Sophie Hunger, John Parish and The Lausanne Sinfonietta.
In 2012, Fauve released Clocks’n’Clouds, a darker, electronic-tinged album that also got him very positive reviews, both in Switzerland and abroad. In 2015, he changed his stage name to Nicolas Nadar and composed the soundtrack to the TV series Anomalia (directed by Pierre Monnard), broadcast on RTS 1 and France 5. In 2016-21, Nicolas Nadar wrote the music of several documentary films and started his work on the musical and cinematographic project Sleeper Hits : Tropical Abstractions.
LOCATIONS / CAST & CREW
MALAYSIA / EGYPT / MOROCCO / TUNISIA / SPAIN / CUBA / YEMEN / SOMALIA / FRANCE / MALTA / SWITZERLAND / THE AZORES / COSTA RICA
Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Kuantan, Dungun, Rainforest of Terrenganu, Taman Negara, Sinaï, Marakech, Essaouira, Atlas mountains, Ouzoud, Djerba, Sahara desert, Canary islands, Capo de Gata, Cuevas del Drac, Portocristo, Sevilla, Havana, Sanaa, Djibouti, Camargue, Il – Mellieha, Gozo, Victoria, Estavayer-Le-Lac, Lajes De Pico, Golfito.
CAST & CREW
Nicolas Nadar / Radu ZERO / Erwin Comte / Ruxandra Mitache / Andrei Mitache / Heide Blank / Diego Fellmann / Alan Juilland / Okabé / Patrick Tai-Dumitru / WAYVEE / Tanjong Jara Orchestra / Solange Nguessan / Tuayisa S. Bala Vita / Lesly Houndole / Mikael Bochez / Alexandre Bochez / Indian Club dancers of KL / Lovely people of Dungun / Melaka / KL / Capo de Gata flamenco crew Andalusia / Havana / Djibouti / Sanaa / Shweta Kandoi / Samuel Leresche / Le Bourg technical boy / Ana Canpean / REDUTA (Brasov)
09. sept 2021: PTR L’Usine, Geneva – CH
A prototype version of the project was created in Bucharest and Brasov (Amural Festival) in september 2017, with Nicolas Nadar singing and playing grand piano and electronics on stage, facing the screen.