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FABRICE BONY

Neo-Prog • France


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FABRICE BONY is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from France. He was born in 1970 and began to study the drums at the age of six. He obtained a professional music degree from Centre Musical et Créatif de Nancy in 1991.In 1992, he was a member of a blues trio called SHOTGUN BLUES which opened for JOHN LEE HOOKER in San Francisco that year. The following year he was asked by ANGE's bass player to tour with that band as their drummer on their "Les larmes du Dalaï-Lama" tour.

Following that, Fabrice toured and recorded with many French and American blues and rock bands and singers, including NINO FERRER, TOM CAT BLAKE, CLIFTON CHENIER, RICTUS and DOROTHEE DANIEL. He also spent time composing and performing music for French television.

Aside from the drums, Fabrice also plays guitar, piano and synthesizer. In 2003, he began work on his first solo album, "Between Day". It would take five years to complete his all-instrumental concept album about the story of a man's life from birth to death.

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3.48 | 6 ratings
Between Day
2008
4.00 | 3 ratings
Inner Lands
2013

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 Between Day by BONY, FABRICE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.48 | 6 ratings

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Between Day
Fabrice Bony Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Born in 1970 in Besancon, Frabrice Bony started his career as a drummer, but soon learned to play guitar and keyboards, as a result he was the guitarist in his first rock band Hemera around 1987.Entering the 90's he became a session player for several bands and artists in albums and tours (including French legends Ange) and also became a member of Rictus, playing drums in two of their later albums.Since 2003 he focused on writing material for a solo album, a slow work in progress due to his professional commitments, which finally became reality in 2008, when his first album ''Between day'' was launched.

It appears that there is a concept behind this work, but the music is entirely instrumental with Bony handling the guitars, keyboards, drums and other programmed instruments in a work drawing influences from modern Symphonic Rock and even New Age/Ambient Music.Needless to say that I prefer the richer parts of the album with Bony having made a great mix of the isolated instrumental parts, leading to a palette of prog instrumentals with strong orchestral parts, interesting guitar melodies and even some retro references, provided by the use of Mellotron samplers and the superb piano lines.Echoes of CLEARLIGHT and CAMEL are evident throughout the release, the music is spacey, symphonic, dreamy and even Avant-Garde at moments, featuring a nice balance between piano, keyboards and guitar, producing some great melodies and delivering some light symphonic soundscapes.There are even some smooth jazzy underlines and acoustic themes added for good measure and I am extremely impressed by the way the man placed the vintage vibes into a contemporary sound.All things work pretty nice, until we reach the 11-min. ''Infini journey'', the quality of which is at least questionable.Propably serving the purpose of the concept, this is an over-stretched ambiental composition with a cosmic atmosphere, trying to fill the gap between calm Experimental/Lounge Music and no music at all, featuring slow motion soundscapes based on guitar and sound effects, pretty good for a Space Film, but not really counting as an advantage for a Prog-oriented album.The single minute of ''Thread of life (continue)'' and its symphonic sound with the melodic synths, Mellotron and guitar is at least a decent farewell.

''Infini journey'' lowers the value of an otherwise excellent one-man work with a trully professional attitude.Great symphonic-inclined instrumental music, suffering from the trippy journey of the aforementioned piece, but containing lots of goodies, composed and performed by a talented musician.Warmly recommended.

 Inner Lands by BONY, FABRICE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Inner Lands
Fabrice Bony Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars French composer and musician Fabrice BONY has been an active musician for more than 20 years, mostly active as a band member and music teacher, if I have understood matters correctly. He made his debut as a solo artist with the album "Between Day" in 2008. Five years later Bony returns with his second production "Inner Lands", and like with his first CD he has chosen to release this album himself.

Careful and controlled melody based music is what Fabric Bony presents and explores on his second full length album "Inner Lands". A taste for jazz-rock oriented details will be helpful to be able to appreciate the songs on the disc, as will a certain affection for the use of cosmic sounds. First and foremost my impression is that this is an album about moods and atmospheres rather than styles as such however, this fairly harmonic and elegant journey into a not easily defined corner of the progressive rock universe. A trek into Inner Lands, and an engaging one at that if you like your progressive rock to be melodic, harmonic and mostly instrumental.

 Between Day by BONY, FABRICE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.48 | 6 ratings

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Between Day
Fabrice Bony Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Intriguing creation by Mr. Bony, this album Between day.

Although not always managing to keep the listener on his toes, some rather compelling textures and landscapes are produced, blending floating and searching ambient passages; quite often with space-tinged elements; with pace-filled ventures of a distinctly symphonic origin.

The different tracks are parts of one composition; and the different moods and atmospheres explored as well as the way the different parts evolve indicates quite clearly that there's a story being told here; in this case without any words though.

A fine example of an artist blending instrumental ambient explorations with symphonic rock in other words; with space-tinged elements as a nice bonus feature.

Thanks to the doctor for the artist addition.

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