Volapük (band)

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Volapük concerting in Divadlo 29 in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

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.[1]

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?


  1. ^ Dorsch, Jim. "Allmusic bio". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2012.

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