Pastoral (Be)

Pastoral (Be)
22 July 2017 City Sonic

Performance Pastoral

For the exhibition “L” échapée belle “, Pastoral will present its new CD + booklet photos / texts produced by Transcultures with the alter label Transonic and give a performance for the opening of the exhibition.

Production Transcultures & the Alliance Française de Bruxelles

L’échappée belle - exposition

For its first partnership between Alliance Française Brussels-Europe and Transcultures/City Sonic Christophe Bailleau and Philippe Franck (Pastoral duet) are invited to present a selection of twenty photographs (taken by Christophe Bailleau) that correspond to poetic fragments, (written by Philippe Franck). Pastoral has composed ten ambient tracks for these dyptic image-text compositions, which can be listened on headphones to by the choice  that corresponds to the visitor’s mood. Each application expresses itself without modification and responds in an immediacy and intimacy…which this duo wanted to conserve for this escape into the quietness of a provincial reality, and unveils a strange surrealism, under this poetic and visual double-regard.


With L’échappée belle (the beautiful escape), a collaboration started in 2007 and developed in 2017. The duet proposes a surreal and poetic glance into the imaginary and resort/holiday spaces where a form of lynch-like strangeness is tinted with offset humour. Recent videos of Pastoral (Figures, Limpide-objets trouvés, No meaning) and of Christophe Bailleau in solo (The Colony, Fumigènes,Sérotones) as well as  radiophonic creations (Le yaourt n’est pas un yoghourt, la perte) in a loop complete this exhibition of image-sound in movement.

Alliance française
Avenue des Arts 46, Bruxelles
30.08 – 13:00 | Performance
30.08 > 18.09.2017 | Exhibition
Monday to Thursday | 09:00>18:00
Friday 9:00>12:30 | Free entrance


Pastoral (Be) is the combo created in 2010 by Christophe Bailleau (musician and visual artist) and Philippe Franck (musician and author) who cross their universes to compose ambient, post-folk or post-rock works. Sometimes they work on heavenly sound materials, sometimes more earthy and impressionist melodies. The performances of Pastoral are sometimes also accompanied by videos related to the soundscapes and the texts in the form of haiku. The duo which has participated in festivals, exhibitions and events in Belgium and abroad, has just released their first album in connection with the audio-poetico-photographic project L’échapée belle.