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Guitar School

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I composed Guitar School for guitarist Steve Grismore, a take-no-prisoners improviser, who immediately accepted my invitation to perform with the Laptop Orchestra at the University of Iowa.
This work is my first contribution to the guitar ensemble literature. Enjoy the recording of the world première, which took place on Saturday May 6th, 2017:Guitar School by Jean-Francois Charles

Scratch at NIME 2017

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I'm thrilled to announce that Flutist Margaret Lancaster performs Scratch at NIME 2017, the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference. The performance takes place on Tuesday, May 16 at 8PM, at KoncertKirken Blågårds Plads 6A, 2200 København N. "..... Touched....." Concert ProgramMilica Paranosic: Lady MJean-Francois Charles: ScratchRikard Lindell: Critical DigitalismRobert Pritchard: The Memory of Your TouchChris Chafe: A Day in the SunScratch Program Notesfor melodic instrument & live electronics
Jean-François Charles, 2016-2017
Homage to Karlheinz Stockhausen & Grandmaster FlashThis composition is inspired by Karlheinz Stockhausen’s work Solo, for melodic instrument and tape delay, and by Grandmaster Flash’s innovative techniques, which helped transform the turntable into a musical instrument.
In Vinko Globokar’s 1969 recording of Solo, Stockhausen scratched, braked, and cut sounds on tape. A few years later, Flash modified his audio mixer to improve the …