Le Silence des hommes is the artistic encounter between performance poet D. Kimm and guitarist Bernard Falaise. It talks about silence but mainly about love, the kind that disturbs, transforms, sometimes hurts and marks you for life. The kind you never forget.
The texts were written and interpreted by D. Kimm, who also did the production design. Composer and sound designer Bernard Falaise worked with D. Kimm and with other musicians on some pieces. Michel Faubert, André Duchesne and Pierre Cartier each perform one song. The musicians who contributed to the project are Fred Boudreault, Alexis Martin, Rémi Leclerc and François Lafontaine. The producer and sound engineer was Bernard Falaise, assisted by Bernard Grenon.
Le Silence des hommes has been well reviewed and is available at major outlets, including Archambault and Renaud-Bray — unheard of for a CD of music and poetry.
The show that grew out of the CD is an equally intense melding of poetry, rock and tenderness. The texts are embodied, murmured, scanned and sung by the smoky, delicate voice of D. Kimm, in a sensual dialogue with the sound art of Bernard Falaise and his musician-partners Fred Boudreault, Alexis Martin and Alex McMahon. As an on-stage bonus, Michel Faubert and André Duchesne sometimes appear to perform the songs they recorded for the album.
Le Silence des hommes show had its premiere on November 2, 2006 — part of the Coup de Cœur Francophone, and was also performed on May 16, 2007 at the Sala Rossa. It will be performed again in the fall of 2008, with four shows scheduled as part of the tour organized by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée (See calendar).
D. Kimm would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, whose support made the creation and production of the CD possible. Les Filles électriques would like to thank the Montreal Arts Council, whose support made it possible for the show to be mounted in Montreal’s Maisons de la culture.
A Les Filles électriques production. / On the Monsieur Fauteux m’entendez-vous? label. / Distributed by DAME and Les Filles électriques.