Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10th International Biennial for Electroacoustic Music of São Paulo

Yesterday opened the 10th International Biennial for Electroacoustic Music of São Paulo, organized by composer Flo Menezes, the founder of the Studio PANaroma de Música Eletroacústica.

Check out below the amazing program, including the projection of Stockhausen's Hymnen in a 52 speaker sound theater!

I had the great pleasure to meet Flo Menezes in Kürten, Deutschland, when I attended the Stockhausen courses for the first time. Flo Menezes is as generous as his music; his experience and knowledge is immense, and he is always ready to share with musicians and students.

Nova Ars Subtilior

Last year, Wolke Verlag published Flo Menezes's new book: Nova Ars Subtilior - Essays zur maximaoistischen Musik. The book includes all of Menezes's Cologne lectures, as well as a conversation with editor Ralph Paland, in German. Menezes wrote other essays in English, about not only maximalist music, but also electroacoustic music, music and politics, Adorno, time in music, and more.

Make sure you visit the Works section of Flo Menezes's web site to listen to reductions of a couple of his compositions. I would recommend to pay attention first to electroacoustic works, or music with live electronics: he is an important composer of electroacoustic music.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Del vero e del falso: Daniele Bravi's new album

I met composer Daniele Bravi in Roma, at the Villa Medici, when we were both participating in a one-week workshop with Pascal Dusapin. We had a great time there, sharing lively musical talks, and exploring instrumental possibilities on the clarinet that would match a spectral compositional approach.
Then, we spent a lot of time together when we were studying with Ivan Fedele at Strasbourg Conservatory.

I am delighted to bring to your attention a new monographic album with Daniele Bravi's music: Del veto e del falso - The True & The False.
You are going to discover beautiful piano colors in Lettere dal manicomio..., while Meditazione Quarta is full of very nice timbre combinations: Daniele has always been very attentive to the inner ligfe of the sounds in his works. Personally, I was thrilled to hear the bass clarinet solo Aris: clarinetist Roberta Gottardi plays beautifully, with delicate, refined multiphonic sounds. It reminded me the days we shared when we played together for Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Finally, the ensemble draws vibrant colors from Meditazione prima: this authentic musical meditation will take you to another place.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Stump-Linshalm duo: master class for contemporary music 2014

Tomorrow, the Stump-Linshalm duo open their course for contemporary clarinet- and bass clarinet music in Mürzzuschlag (Austria). Petra Stump and Heinz-Peter Linshalm are awesome clarinetists & musicians dedicated to new music. We met when we took part to summer Stockhausen courses. I was later delighted to contribute to their project ShortCuts. Check out the International Bass Clarinet Research Center's home page: this month, their album is the featured recording!

Never-ending musical transformations

Listen to Petra & Heinz-Peter performing composer Ming Wang's piece Verwandlung ("transformation" or "metamorphosis") during the Tage der Neuen Musik Burghausen in July:

Brand new music!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Prisma meeting - summer 2014

This afternoon, I'm presenting at Ircam the interactive machine learning dimensions in my composition Electroclarinet 5. I'm going to show how I use the Max environment and spectral analysis to route an audio stream to different sound processing channels depending on recognized timbre.

I'm looking forward to this meeting of composers, and to learning from talks like:

  • New interpolators for PWGL by Julien Vincenot
  • installation at a Moholy-Nagy exhibition in Berlin, An EAM composition for a swimming pool and A live electronic piece for violin, "Sundogs" by Örjan Sandred
  • École de la création by Jacopo Baboni Schilingi
  • and more...

In case you're interested, don't hesitate to contact me, there should still be possibilities to get an invitation.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fête de la musique with Ensemble Sillages

Today is the Fête de la musique in France and around the world, as every 21st of June since 1982. Tonight, I'll be performing Electroclarinet 5 and excerpts from Electroclarinet 6, as well as improvised music with saxophonist Stéphane Sordet. We are playing at the invitation of the contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Sillages.

Here is the schedule:

Brest, SNCF train station

5 p.m. Jean-François Charles: clarinets, objects & electronics; Stéphane Sordet: saxophones.

Brest, rue Étienne Dolet

Stage shared with Penn ar Jazz and the Brest Conservatory

    • 5 p.m. jazz students from Brest conservatory
      7:15 p.m. ensemble Sillages Stéphane Sordet/Jean-François Charles
      8 p.m. Christophe Rocher & Frédéric Briet (creative jazz)
      8:30 p.m. Plus d’amour
      9 p.m. Moon swing
      9:50 p.m. Rrrr + duo Lucas / Trémentin (free jazz/impro)
      10:30 p.m. Duo Descofar (revisited celtic music)
      11:15 p.m. No pilot (repetitive electronic noise)
  • Friday, May 23, 2014

    Insa Music Studies: 30th anniversary

    The musique études section at the National Institute for Applied Sciences in Lyon celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The final event consists in a free concert this Sunday, with a program dedicated to Jaco Pastorius. See the concert's poster, and below a couple of links to learn more about the INSA and the Music Studies section.

    In case you are in Lyon, have fun on Sunday with Jaco Pastorius and the Zykets!

    Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Tremplin Jeunes en Scènes helps new talents

    Tonight, I have the honor of serving as one of three judges in the competition organized by Pass Musique in Guipavas, near Brest, France.

    With music producers Ted from Rennes and Cédric Fautrel from Brest, we are going to listen to five groups and five singers, in genres going from rock to pop to hip-hop. See below the presentation of the artists, before listening to them tonight!