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Kraig Lamper
American Record Guide, January 2017

I get excited when I see a new release by Florent Ghys. I’m fairly certain he’s the Beck of the new classical music world, because his music is so hip I’m not actually sure I’m cool enough to listen to it. Bonjour, the group playing the program, is a low string quartet with percussion. Cello, guitar, two double basses, percussion, and the voices of all members, including Ghys, are the color palette. The musical paintings are highly rhythmic, repetitive, overlapping, often minimal, and tonal. …These are pop songs where the groove is paramount and created by an intelligent interplay of timbre and rhythm. They are post-rock songs that replace dread and distortion pedals with whimsy and hope. …This is just plain good music. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), October 2016

Bonjour the band is a muscular, but flexible ensemble—capable of rocking out as required, but more often functioning as a sort of prism, delicately diffracting the sound of Ghys’s bass across a spectrum of low-frequency sound. His writing uses imitative processes to answer and transform a musical idea instantly, and with the sensitivity of a fine string quartet, every member of the Bonjour band matches each other’s sound to create a funhouse of distorting mirrors, echoes, and shadows. © 2016 WQXR (New York) Read complete review

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