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Volapük was a French avant-garde band created in 1993 by the drummer Guigou Chenevier, along with Michel Mandel and Guillaume Saurel. In the 1970s, Chenevier was a member of Etron Fou Leloublan, a band that was part of the Rock in Opposition movement. Takumi Fukushima became a later addition to the group, playing on Polyglöt which was released in 2000. Volapük announced their breakup in 2010.
The band's style draws from a number of Eurasian ethnic musical traditions, from Spain to the Balkans to Mongolia. Unlike other avant-garde bands that rely on the use of non-musical sounds, Volapük's music retains more of their folk music roots. Volapük is the name of an artificial language, which also draws its form from multiple language sources.
- Guigou Chenevier - drums, marimba, voices, clavier, sanza
- Takumi Fukushima - violin
- Guillaume Saurel - flute, engineer, violoncello, mixing
- Michel Mandel - clarinet, bass clarinet, taragat
- 1997 - Le Feu Du Tigre
- 1997 - Slang!
- 2000 - Polyglöt
- 2000 - Pükapok (Live album)
- 2003 - Where Is Tamashii?
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