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[BadPanda002] CJ Lavoire – The First Of The Year

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CJ Lavoire from Italy will brighten your monday morning. The song ‘First of The Year’ is featured on his self-released album, Jump, from 2007, and he decided to let you download and share it for free. GO!

CJ Lavoire – The First Of The Year [mp3] [ogg]

Update: New EP (with the free track Fruit Of Love)

CJ Lavoire - The First Of The Year

Creative Commons License: CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0
The song is distributed under a Creative Commons License: CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0

Inspired and influenced by musicians like Jean-Michel Jarre, Air, Sigur Ros, Kraftwerk and Ennio Morricone, Cj (or Composer Jockey) Lavoire is the last project by Italian Valerio Franchi.

As a child, Valerio had a classical education at the Saint Cecilia Conservatory, studying clarinet and obtaining a solfège degree and then developed a strong interest for choral music (Josquin Desprez) under the guide of maestro Claudio Dall’Albero.

During his studies at the conservatory, Valerio started for fun to compose popular music with surreal-grotesque lyrics à la Frank Zappa and Elio e le storie tese, winning a competition launched by a show on Italian Radio2.

Then, hypnotized by Jarre’s Oxygene IV Penguins, he went deep into electronic music experimenting a peculiar kind of music and playing around the colour of sounds and its shade.

Incredibly prolific and making music under many different aliases, his production seem to shift each album, from very minimal tonal processing to ambient soundtrack and more loop-based instrumental stuff.

He has also written original works for theatre and several short films. He is currently preparing his live set and planning to tour again Italy on spring.


1] Where do you live actually?


2] What is the last thing you ate?
Potatoes and Sauerkraut

3] Your drug/addiction?
Cigarettes, weather forecasting and nail biting

4] One quote?
“Anything played wrong twice in a row is the beginning of an arrangement.” Frank Zappa

5] One movie?
Kill Bill by Quentin T.

6] One song?
Two: Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead and Peaches en Regalia by Frank Zappa.

7] Favourite venue/club?
Panorama Bar/Berghain in Berlin

8] Best gig ever?
Daft Punk @ Pukkelpop festival, 2006

9] Favourite place on earth?
The Kebab shop close to the Tierpark u-bahn station in Berlin

10] Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?
In my dream.

Discography (as Valerio Franchi):

Storie del Mio Io (Self Released, 2001)
Frammenti di Vita Vissuta (Self Released, 2002)
Solo et Pensoso  (Self Released, 2003)
Sono io il Fantasista  (Self Released, 2004)
Era l’altro Ieri  (Self Released, 2006)
Campi di Grano  (Self Released, 2007)

As CJ Lavoire:

Level 0  (Self Released, 2004)
Level 1  (Self Released, 2004)
Level 2  (Self Released, 2005)
Level 3  (Self Released, 2005)
Levelend  (Self Released, 2005)
Lived  (Self Released, 2006)
Guardando il Cielo ost  (Self Released, 2006)
Jump  (Self Released, 2007)
Berlin  (Self Released, 2008)
Armonia ost (Self Released, 2009)
Neues Jahr  (Self Released, 2009)

Written by badpandarecords

14/12/2009 at 2:22 AM

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  1. That’s generous of him! I love his music too. Thanks for sharing this.

    Leblanc Clarinet

    06/01/2010 at 10:18 AM

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