In 2003, musicians of the French tribute band to Frank Zappa called “The Children of invention” decided to create a new band playing personal compositions. They first called the project Sheraf and then decided to develop a formation.
In the beginning, the project was instrumental but when first few tracks were written they quickly decided to take on a singer. Pedral took the place of the dumb/mouth-noising/cartoon singer in 2004. The group was then named Vladimir Bozar ‘N’ ze Sheraf Orkestar.
Vladimir Bozar were playing their first gig when the Children of Invention were playing the last. Vladimir Bozar is just an imaginary entity of absurdity. The word Sheraf comes from a French cult comic movie called “La classe américaine” (American stylish). E.g. “Sheraf! Tu connais pas Sheraf? C’est un groupe ils etaient number 1”.
The sound? A fusion of Metal, punk, classical music, jazz, movie soundtrack, gypsie music and electronica are mixed to the Guitar, Violin, Bass, Trumpet, Drums and Vocal madness.
After the first demo album, Pedral contacted Trey Spruance (from Mr Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Faith no more and John Zorn Cobra) to know his opinion about Vladimir Bozar music. The first answer was a very sympathic message in French telling : “Obviously,this music is composed of lunatics hopelessly. We have similar problems, it is therefore normal we are friends. As people focused, we understand us. Universal Sprache.“
After these words and some exchange email, Trey Spruance was ok to work on a Secret Chiefs 3 and Vladimir Bozar tour in France.
Before this tour happened, Vladimir Bozar played few gigs with Estradasphere trio(also Secret Chiefs 3 musicians and are signed by Mimicry records,Trey Spruances Personal Label) in France at the end of 2007.
A friendship was born…
In 2008, when Vladimir Bozar decided to record their first album, Pedral remembered his discussion with Tim Smolens(who had worked on Mr Bungle) and his way of recording and mixing .Tim Smolens and Jason Schimmel agreed to mix the album. In may 2008, Pedral and Mina went to the Estradaspheres studio in Seattle and worked on “Universal Sprache” (Vladimir Bozar’s debut album with Estradasphere musicians)
Timb Harris from Estradasphere and Secret Chiefs 3 helped a lot for his mix and did some trumpet overdub like he did in California from Mr Bungle. Tim recorded some double bass and vocals, Jason some mandolin, and others musicians Trumbon and Flute…
After this great adventure, Universal Sprache his album was ready for the Secret Chiefs 3 and Vladimir Bozar “J’aime le Yaourt Tour” in September 2008.