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The whole world is a cactus

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In 1967, French musician Jacques Dutronc was singing in Les Cactus :       The whole world is a cactus       It is impossible to sit down       In life, there are only cacti Composer & improviser Carlos Cotallo Solares and I just released a new cover of this song: enjoy, and beware the cactus! Original Cactus Here is Jacques Dutronc performing Les Cactus in 1967:

Bell Blender

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Guitarist Steve Grismore is a great musician and educator, with ears wide open. Here is a little Bell Blender we created together recently. All electronic sounds made from Steve's guitar - and voice!

Krats / Straks Pre-Order

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New EP available for pre-order! It was a treat to record these three tracks with bassist Will Yager . How much is an album worth today ? With this EP, you get 18 minutes of new music for $3! Krats/Strak by Jean-François Charles & Will Yager Tracks Music for bass & live electronics. All electronic sounds are synthesized live from the bass sound. Krats (6:05) Strak (3:48) Tranquility (8:47)

Petrified @ SPLICE Festival 2020

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Announcement, announcement! Bassist Will Yager and I are performing at the SPLICE Festival this Friday night! I'm thrilled with the concert program : it includes works by composers Alexandra Gardner , Mary Lou Williams , Christopher Poovey , Caroline Louise Miller , Michael Flynn , and the Schuette<>Sommerfeldt Duo . I'm looking forward to hearing the impressive line-up of performers, from Kyle Jones to Mark Michelli, from Robin Meiksins to Sam Wells and Noa Even. Find their bios on the concert page . Will and I are performing Petrified, for double bass & live electronics , a reflection on the plastic nature of rocks. The University of Iowa engineer James Edel did a great job at recording, filming, and editing the video. I hope you'll be able to watch & listen. The videos are going to be streamed on the SPLICE facebook page. And make sure you check out the complete festival program - personally, I wouldn't miss any of the concerts!

Benedictus & Baudelaire: L'examen de minuit

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Jean-François Charles and the incredible LIGAMENT duo release Benedictus, a powerful mash-up of the latin text and Charles Baudelaire 's poem L'examen de minuit (Midnight Examination) , from Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil) . The single showcases the stellar soprano Anika Kildegaard and the wild bassist Will Yager. Listen Benedictus by Jean-Francois Charles, featuring LIGAMENT Or with the lyrics: Get the music on bandcamp, or listen on your favorite platform: bandcamp Apple Music Spotify Tidal Amazon Music Deezer Youtube Reactions "Sacré Baudelaire! The poem's tragi-satirical lighting has spared no one... and is still hot! The sound is just as irreverent (and addictive); familiar cues appear to be better disoriented... Acerbic!" — DM "Anika Kildegaard's voice is furiously vibrant & sweetly cruel. Will Yager, in a desperate attempt at brightening the darkness, is setting his bass on fire. LIGAMENT are perfect in this intoxicating Fl

Benedictus Teaser

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The new single Benedictus is being released this Friday, October 2. The incredible LIGAMENT duo are performing this a powerful mash-up of the latin text and Charles Baudelaire's poem L'examen de Minuit (Midnight Examination), from Les Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil). Get the music on Jean-François Charles' bandcamp or listen on your favorite platform. I hope you'll enjoy the music!

Llull Premiere

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Llull , for tuba solo, is a virtuosic homage to philosopher Ramon Llull . Among other achievements, Llull drew one of the first heuristic maps, composed what he called worthless songs and poems, and has been rightfully accused of anticipatory plagiarism by the Oulipo writers. In this tuba solo, the performer weaves a complex web of expressions, techniques, and reminiscences that presents the tradition of tuba playing in a kind of retrograde inversion. I wrote this composition for fantastic tuba player David Mercedes. Score is available at New Flore Music . Online Premiere The premiere of Llull will be streamed on Sunday, September 27 from the Streaming page at the University of Iowa School of Music .