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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/

Jamshid Jam at the Englert Theatre

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Coming soon to the Englert Theatre in Iowa City: composer and setar player Ramin Roshandel and I perform on the Englert Stage. You can attend the concert safely from home on Wednesday, February 17th. Get your tickets now! Jamshid Jam Here is some information about that 30-minute show: According to Persian myths, Jamshid was the inventor of music . In Jamshid Jam , Charles and Roshandel attempt at, once again, discovering music. When Ramin Roshandel and Jean-François Charles improvise together, two traditions meet. Roshandel plays the setar; he has been trained in classical Persian music. Charles performs on live electronics; his improvisation background lies in European free jazz and avant-garde. In Jamshid Jam , haunting melodies and ancestral harmonies combine into a new imaginary folklore.

The two voices in Benedictus

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The last hour of 2020 is coming. I am very grateful to Matthew Arndt for listening with such care to Benedictus - and for writing about the song on the Academic Music @ UIowa blog . Matthew heard in Benedictus two voices, the one harsh and the other mournful . He makes many connections and gives great references to explore. I hope you enjoy his text! I wish all of you a happy new year - it's coming, right after Midnight! Picture remek .

Electronic Cactus

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In November, composer & improviser Carlos Cotallo Solares and I recorded an homage to Jacques Dutronc's hit Les Cactus . This video presents an excerpt from the "live electronics only" track: Electronic Cactus video on youtube Check out here our electric guitar & live electronics duet .

GroundSwell 2020 Emerging Composers Competition

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Groundswell is a wonderful organization dedicated to the development of new music in Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba, Canada. I've been invited to serve as a member of the committee for their first electroacoustic music competition, along with composer Margaret Schedel and composer William Brunson . It's been a fun and quite interesting adventure. We listened to more than two dozen compositions. I wish we could have included more than 5 finalists: there were a number of atypical nice compositions. To listen, head to the competition page . You'll find links to the finalists' music.