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Electroclarinet 5 in Madrid

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This Thursday, October 7, virtuoso clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard is performing Electroclarinet 5 in Madrid. Ensemble Sillages are giving a concert of works for clarinet, saxophone (Stéphane Sordet), and live electronics : the event is part of the 23rd International Festival of Contemporary Music in Madrid .

Kino-Pravda No. 5 & 6: new soundtrack

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Kino-Pravda is a series of newsreels directed by Dziga Vertov between 1922 and 1925. This summer, during a residency at the Logelloù with Nicolas Sidoroff and Krystian Sarrau , we created a new soundtrack to Vertov's Kino-Pravda No. 5 and No. 6 : We recorded the soundtrack live on July 30, 2021. The Council of Three Dziga Vertov worked very closely with Mikhail Kaufman and Elizaveta Svilova . They constituted a Council of Three and published about Kino-Eye and their vision of film making. In these excerpts from a 1923 resolution, the Council of Three describe how the camera enables to see the world in new ways: I am kino-eye, I am a mechanical eye. I, a machine, show you the world as only I can see it. Now and forever, I free myself from humanity immobility, I am in constant motion, I draw near, then away from objects, I crawl under, I climb onto them. I move apace with the muzzler of a galloping horse, I plunge full speed into a crowd, I outstrip running soldiers, I

New Music in 24 hours

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The 24/24 concert has been a great back-to-school tradition at the University of Iowa. Composers and performers are paired on Friday at 5 p.m. The composers have 24 hours to compose a piece, then the performers have 24 hours to practice. The concert takes place on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. We are thrilled that we can have this Center for New Music 24/24 2021 Concert in person tomorrow! I'm especially excited since I wrote a new piece for the event: the organizers paired me with Mark Rheaume, who is both a composer and a trombone player. I wrote an homage to Juan Tizol , Duke Ellington's famous valve trombone player, who was a composer as well. The title of the piece is Legit . Juan Tizol thought of his tone as "legit", compared to more original tone qualities characteristic of other jazz players. Duke Ellington was certainly very glad to have Juan Tizol and his unique tone contribute to the orchestra's sound. But Tizol wasn't always convinced of the value of hi

Electro-Acoustic Vertov

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The Eleventh Year evening initially programmed on March 20, 2020 , was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemy. We had the great pleasure to transform the initially planned 3-day event into a week-long residency at the Logelloù Artistic Center. With Nicolas Sidoroff (trumpet, objects) and Krystian Sarrau (tenor sax, modular synthesizer), we worked and composed together a new soundtrack to two newsreels by Dziga Vertov : Kino-Pravda No 5 and No 6. Krystian Sarrau, with Vertov's Kino-Pravda No 19 on the screen, picture by Philippe Ollivier The Kino-Pravda series consists in a set of 23 newsreels authored by Dziga Vertov between 1922 and 1925. Jean-François Charles on basset-horn & live electronics during the same rehearsal, picture by Philippe Ollivier The week ended with a full evening of music dedicated to supporting Dziga Vertov's pictures: Dziga Vertov: Concert & Cinema . Program: Prelude (live music) Kino-Pravda No 5 & No 6 (movie with new soundtrac

Benedictus by Accroche Note

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Coming up, Wednesday June 30th: Françoise Kubler and Armand Angster perform Benedictus in the best concert hall for this piece: a church. This song features Baudelaire's poem L'examen de Minuit. The concert features Françoise Kubler (voice), Armand Angster (clarinets), and Marie-Andrée Joerger (accordion); Frédéric Apfel will be the sound engineer.

Seamus 2021: Charles & Yager duet

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Will Yager and I had a treat performing live during the Seamus 2021 Festival. This double bass & live electronics duet was part of TWELVE - a virtual audiovisual playground , organized by CCRMA, the Center for Computer Research in Music & Acoustics at Stanford University . I hope you enjoy the music. Check out Will Yager & Jean-François Charles's EP: Krats/Strak

Live from SEAMUS 2021 with Will Yager

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This Friday, April 23, we are performing live with Will Yager during the SEAMUS 2021 Conference . Our double bass & live electronics duet is taking part in the TWELVE interdisciplinary durational performance, curated by CCRMA at Stanford University . The TWELVE performance begins at 12pm (EDT), 04/23, and ends at 12am, 04/24. It features artists and musicians from around the world. We are performing on Friday from 8:30 to 9pm, EDT. You can stream this event from https://ccrma.stanford.edu/live/twelve/