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10/60 - Mind Your Graphical Trouble

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I am excited to introduce several friends of mine to you today. Mind Your Graphical Trouble is the 10th minute of the 60/60 project, dedicated to Éric and Christelle Simon. Éric plays trombone with the New Orleans Jazz band Jazz Tico. He is also an amazing school teacher and director: he and his primary school pupils won a price for their scientific experiments with a stratospheric balloon.The performer you will hear is Danny Mekonnen, here on alto sax. I took the picture on the left in the Huseac studios, after our recording session on February 9th. More than a saxophonist, Danny is a complete musician, leader of the Debo band, educator, and more. He is also a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Harvard University. Read the Boston Herald's article about Danny and his band Debo and make sure you check out the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and their brand new CD!The graphical scoreThis score uses graphic notation, we could say "in a traditional way." Click on the play button to…

Composers, publish your scores!

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Since I self-published my score Bleu 3, a number of colleagues and friends asked me a "score self-publishing 101" session. This post is intended to help anyone interested in self-publishing, especially composers. Some of these tips may be equally useful to make a book of your favorite recipes (a nice present for your friends). Actually, self-publishing is quite easy today, and you will surely find useful the article "Upload" from Make magazine, issue #12.First of all, why self-publishing? Why don't all composers work with a publisher? Last year, I discussed this question with composer Julian Anderson, published by Faber Music. As he explained to me, publishers have two roles: first, the promotion of the music, and second, the printing side of the business (making scores and parts available). They are especially useful when they promote the music and their catalogue is well diffused. This is the case for rather big publishers, who are well connected to concert o…

9/60 - Plane Mix

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Plane Mix is the 9th minute of the 60/60 interactive composition project.
Many thanks to Cécile Pécheux for her participation and her present: a great DVD set dedicated to Lon Chaney, The Man of a Thousand Faces.
Both Cécile and I have been struck by Tod Browing's The Unknown with an original soundtrack performed live by ARFI's Marmite Infernale. I discovered this ARFI show (called Tragédie au Cirque) during the festival Un Doua de Jazz 1994. That was an extraordinary experience, as well as my first contact with Maurice Merle. I strongly recommend to watch this movie, even if it will lack ARFI's powerful soundtrack!My first video remixI first remixed a public domain video: Spot News 1937 (using Apple Final Cut Express). Then, I composed the soundtrack. Enjoy!
9/60 - Plane Mix on youtube

Fulbright Afternoon of Music 2008

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This Sunday, March 9th, 2008, at 3 p.m., I will take part in the "Fulbright Afternoon of Music" organized by the Massachusetts Chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program.I will present my Leblanc contrabass clarinet, perform Lina for contrabass clarinet solo, and play a work-in-progress live version of Saturation.
We will surely end the concert with a jazz improvisation over Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes), with two great musicians: pianist Cedric Hanriot and violinist Leslie Levi.
The other artists will be June Park (piano), Syeda Masood (voice), Jeff Miles (guitar), and a pianist I will meet tomorrow.In 2006, I presented the basset-horn, and performed Backofen and Stockhausen's Seven Songs of the Days (Die Sieben Lieder der Tage, from the cycle Licht). Read the article that a fellow Fulbrighter posted shortly after the concert: Incredible Music.In 2007, I was lucky enough to play my composition Nigritella Nigra, for cla…

Bleu 3 - The Recording

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After the premiere and the publication of the score, here is the recording of Bleu 3:You can also listen to it or download it on last.fm.This is the live recording of the premiere, admirably performed by:Rane Moore, clarinetGabby Diaz, violinBenjamin Schwartz, celloYoko Hagino, pianoEric Hewitt, conductorOf course, I was wearing a blue shirt:Look inside the scoreNew! Have a look inside the score with both amazon and google books.