Works

Opera

Grant Wood in Paris (2018)
Opera in one act, 35'
Commissioned by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre
    A vision of Grant Wood's life centered around his years in Paris
    Première: Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 12-13-14, 2019

Ensemble

Music From Airports (2018)
Ensemble & data-driven live electronics, 11'
    Homage to Brian Eno, created in collaboration with Digital Media Artist Daniel Fine and the Carol Trio
    Première: University of Iowa, May 4, 2018

Guitar School (2017)
Guitar ensemble with guitar solo, 9'30
    Play with friends, or students play with their teacher!
    Première: Steve Gilmore with the Laptop Orchestra at the University of Iowa, May 6, 2017

Modiolus (2016)
For children choir, saxophone & accordion
Commissioned by Ensemble Sillages
    Première: Improbable Orchestr'A, Stéphane Sordet & Céline Rivoal, Brest, May 29, 2016

Viola palustris (2009)
Concerto for an improviser and 14 instruments, 7’
    A Third Stream composition
    Première: Alan Lenarcic, tenor saxophone, and Alea III ensemble conducted by Theodore Antoniou, Tsai Performance Center, Boston, MA, March 23, 2009

Re-creation of Rhapsody in Blue (2009)
Re-creation of Duke Ellington’s 1932 arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue
Reconstruction of missing parts and performance in collaboration with scholar and pianist Ryan Bañagale

The Man With the Movie Camera (1929 movie by Dziga Vertov) (2008)
Film music scored for Jazz Orchestra, co-composed with Nicolas Sidoroff, 70’
    A poignant soundtrack for an extraordinary movie
    Première: live concert with the movie, Dudley House Big Band conducted by Jean-François Charles, sound projection by Nicolas Sidoroff, Harvard University, Paine Hall, April 27, 2008

Helianthus gryllus (2003) Crickets, percussion, two violins, two violas, two cellos, double bass, and live electronics, 8’
    Première: crickets, students of the Strasbourg Conservatory, Jean-François Charles, Strasbourg, February 11, 2003

Helianthus tipula (2001)
Two trumpets, trombone, percussion, two violins, two violas, two cellos, and double bass, 8’
    Première: students of Conservatoire de Strasbourg conducted by Jean-François Charles, Strasbourg, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, May 19, 2001

Helianthus musca (1999)
Flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, marimba, percussion, two violins, two violas, two cellos, and double bass, 8’
    Première: Orchestre lyrique de région Avignon-Provence conducted by Sylvio Gualda, Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (France), Chartreuse, Centre Acanthes with Helmut Lachenmann, July 22, 1999

Sonatine pour des enfants (1997)
Four instrumental groups, 12’
    Graphical notation & open instrumentation
    Première: Big Band de l’Insa de Lyon & Maurice Merle, conducted by Jean-François Charles, Lyon, Hot Club, April 10, 1997

De l'ombre à la lumière (1997)
Jazz Big Band, 15’
    Première: Big Band de l’Insa de Lyon & Maurice Merle, conducted by Jean-François Charles, Lyon, Hot Club, April 10, 1997

New Flore (1994)
Clarinet, trumpet, string quartet, double bass, 6'
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Nicolas Sidoroff, Nancy Michel, Cécile Arnal, Xavier Rafaitin, Jean-Yves Gratius, and Claire Lugand, Un Doua de Jazz Festival, Villeurbanne, February 15, 1994

Initiation Blues (1994)
Clarinet, trumpet, string quartet, double bass, 6'
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Nicolas Sidoroff, Nancy Michel, Cécile Arnal, Xavier Rafaitin, Jean-Yves Gratius, and Claire Lugand, Un Doua de Jazz Festival, Villeurbanne, February 15, 1994

Chamber Music

Aeris (2019)
Cymbal & live electronics, 5'
    Where bronze meets air
    Première: Jean-François Charles & Physicist Frederick Skiff, Voxman Music Building, University of Iowa, October 27, 2019

Petrasonic (2019)
Double bass & percussion
    Geological initiation
    Première: Volkan Orhon & Dan Moore, with Geologist Ryan Clark and Thin Section Technician Matthew Wortel, visual media designed by Will Borich, Voxman Music Building, University of Iowa, October 27, 2019

Flip the Page (2018)
Song for tenor & piano, from the opera Grant Wood in Paris
    Grant Wood meets the Spotted Man in Paris
    Première: Benjamin Kawsky, Cedar Rapids History Center, October 25, 2018

Nattie's Air, or Air de Nattie (2018)
Soprano, bass clarinet & optional improvised live electronics, from the opera Grant Wood in Paris, 8'30
    Grant Wood's mother & sister talk to their son & brother
    Première: Ensemble Accroche Note, Strasbourg, June 28, 2018
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Aqua ignis (2017-2018)
Double-bass, percussion, and live electronics
    Time flows, from water to fire
    Première: Volkan Orhon & Dan Moore, with Scientific Glassblower Benjamin Revis, Voxman Music Building, University of Iowa, April 2018

Gentiana (2017-2018)
Trumpet, percussion, guitar, violin, cello, with live electronics, 14'
Commissioned by the Nebula Ensemble
    The alpine flowering plants used to produce herbal medicine or distilled beverages will take you from Esprit to Vertige to Racines.
    Première: Nebula Ensemble, Denver, June 22, 2018

Crystals (2017)
Reed trio & live electronics, 8’
    With dialogs ranging from nervous to mysterious, from hesitant to delicate.
    Première: Courtney Miller, Jorge Montilla Moreno, and Benjamin Coelho, International Double Reed Conference, Lawrence University (WI), June 24, 2017

Scratch (2016-2017)
Melodic instrument & live electronics, 8’
    Homage to Grand Master Flash & Karlheinz Stockhausen
    Scratch for bassoon & live electronics: Benjamin Coelho & Jean-François Charles, 34th Presidential Lecture by Gregory Carmichael, University of Iowa, February 19, 2017
    Scratch for flute & live electronics: Margaret Lancaster & Jean-François Charles, NIME conference, Copenhagen, May 16, 2017
    Scratch for flute & live electronics, alternate version: Gergely Ittzés, The Lilypad, Cambridge, May 2, 2017

Viostris (2016)
Alto saxophone, accordion, ad lib. percussion, viola, and cello
Commissioned by Ensemble Sillage
    Première: Stéphane Sordet, Céline Rivoal, Gilles Deliège, Ingrid Schoenlaub, Henri-Pierre Deroux and Improbable Orchestr'A, Brest, May 29, 2016

Passage (2015-2016)
Percussion & live electronics, 6’
Commissioned by Ensemble Sillage
    Première: Maxime Échardour & Jean-François Charles, Electrocution Festival, Brest, April 2, 2016

Rotonde (2015)
Piano & live electronics, 7’
    Première: Éric Guérin & Jean-François Charles, Villeurbanne (France), November 20, 2015

Relative (2013)
Mezzo-soprano, tenor, and live electronics, 6’
    Première: Axelle Saint-Cirel & Théophile Clerc, Montbéliard (France), 2013

Electro Jazz Dance (2012)
Clarinet, trumpet, saxophone trio, drums, electronic music, and live electronics, 7’
    Première: Tao Saxophone Quartet, Nicolas Sidoroff, and Jean-François Charles, Besançon (France), November 29, 2012

Benedictus (2011)
Soprano voice, solo instrument, and electronic music, 6’
    Lyrics from the Roman Sanctus and Charles Baudelaire's L'heure de Minuit
    Première: Isabelle Jost & Jean-Marc Larché (soprano saxophone), Montbéliard (France), 2011

Acquainted with the night (2010)
Voice, basset-horn, and live electronics, 4’30
    After Robert Frost’s poem
    Première: Michael Barrett & Jean-François Charles, Dudley House, Cambridge, MA, 2010

Lapalu (2009)
Viola & live electronics, 7’
    Première: Garth Knox & Jean-François Charles, Cambridge, MA, February 14, 2009

Bagict (2008)
Clarinet & saxophone, 12’
    For creative performers!
    Première: Yuji Noguchi & Vincent Daoud, Bienne (Switzerland), August 15, 2008
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Play-Along 1, 2, 3 (2008)
Two clarinets, 3 '
    Play with a friend!
    Première: Petra Stump & Heinz-Peter Linshalm, Vienna (Austria), June 13, 2008
    Recorded on Petra Stump & Heinz-Peter Linshalm's album ShortCuts
    Download score

Bleu 3 (2007)
Clarinet, violin, cello and piano, 8’
    A Messiaen quartet inspired by Juan Miró's triptych Bleu I, II, III
    Première: Rane Moore, Gabriela Diaz, Benjamin Schwartz, and Yoko Hagino, conducted by Eric Hewitt, Harvard University, Paine Hall, February 9, 2008

Carlina acaulis (2006-2007)
Contrabass clarinet & string quartet, 9’
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Gabriela Diaz, Emily Westell, Sarah Darling, and Benjamin Schwartz, conducted by Eric Hewitt, Harvard University, Paine Hall, April 28, 2007

Risorius (2006)
Six voices (SMzATBarB), 6’
    Laughter is a serious matter
    Première: Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Harvard University, Paine Hall, 2010

Zygomatic (2005)
Voice & live electronics, 10’
    You need the muscle to perform the work!
    Première: Isabelle Jost & Jean-François Charles, Montbéliard (France), June 17, 2005

Passage libre (2005)
Drums & live electronics, 7’
    Première: Étienne Demange & Jean-François Charles, Besançon (France), June 9, 2005

Birds (2005)
Bass clarinet, saxophone quartet with bird calls, drums and live electronics, 8’
    Première: Tao Saxophone Quintet, Daniele Segre Amar, and Jean-François Charles, Besançon (France), June 9, 2005

Aqua (2004)
Solo double bass, clarinet, aquaphone, and live electronics, 15’
    Première: Giulio Rubino, Jean-François Charles, Joël Lorcerie, with Véronique Ngo Sach-Hien, stage assistant, Florence (Italy), French Cultural Institute, December 10, 2004

Magma (2003)
Contrabass clarinet, stones, and live electronics, 10’
    Commissioned by Ensemble Accroche Note
    Première: Ensemble Accroche Note: Armand Angster, Jean-Daniel Hégé, and Jean-François Charles, Dresden, "17. Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik" festival, October 5, 2003

Plex (2003)
Solo instrument & live electronics, 6’
    Plex for basset horn: Jean-François Charles & Hans Tutschku, Weimar, "16. Tage neuer Musik" festival, October 16, 2003
    Plex for alto saxophone: Philippe Gilbert & Jean-François Charles, Lyon, Théâtre des Jeunes Années, Arfi night "Le souffle continue", May 6, 2004
    Plex for violin: Hillary Zipper & Jean-François Charles, Harvard University, Dance Center, January 14, 2006

Tilia (2000)
Flute, violin, and cello, 8’
    Première: Olivier Class, Olgu Kizilay, and Veronika Gnezdilova, conducted by Jean-François Charles, Strasbourg, May 9, 2001

Nigritella nigra (1998)
Clarinet & string quartet, 8’
    Première: Didier Breuque, Delphine Avcioglu, Marc Aidignan, Michel Tiertant, and Alain Avcioglu, conducted by Sylvio Gualda, Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (France), Chartreuse, Centre Acanthes with Sofia Gubaidulina, July 26, 1998

Solo Instrument

Petrified (2019)
Double bass & live electronics
    A reflection on the plastic nature of stones and rocks
    Première: Will Yager, Voxman Music Building, Iowa City, April 19, 2019

Masse pétrie (2019)
Cello & Sampo (live electronics)
Commissioned by Musinfo
    Première: Marie Ythier, Journées Art & Science, Saint-Étienne, May 17, 2019
    Buy score

Absalon Crash (2018)
Cymbal & live electronics
    Homage to Søren Absalon Larsen
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Virginia Tech, NIME Conference, June 3, 2018

Electroclarinet 4 (2017)
Eb clarinet & live electronics, 5'
    Homage to Olivier Messiaen
    Première: Jean-François Charles & Andrew Bentley, Iowa City, Voxman Recital Hall, December 1, 2017
    Recorded on Jean-François Charles's album Electroclarinet

Electroclarinet 6 (2014)
Bass clarinet & live electronics, 12’
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Helsinki (Finland), MuTeFest’14, November 17, 2014
    Recorded on Jean-François Charles's album Electroclarinet

Electroclarinet 5 (2014)
A clarinet & live electronics, 8’
    Homage to Igor Stravinsky
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Brest (France), June 21, 2014
    Recorded on Jean-François Charles's album Electroclarinet

Electroclarinet 3 (2011)
Basset horn & live electronics, 7’
    Homage to Carl Maria von Weber
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Montbéliard (France), Hôtel de Sponeck, February 17, 2011
    Recorded on Jean-François Charles's album Electroclarinet

Electroclarinet 2 (2009)
Contrabass clarinet & live electronics, 7’
    Homage to Claude Debussy
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Harvard University, Hydra Concert, December 10, 2009
    Recorded on Jean-François Charles's album Electroclarinet

Electroclarinet 1 (2009)
Clarinet & live electronics, 7’, 2009
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Shanghai Electroacoustic Music Festival, October 20, 2009
    Recorded on Jean-François Charles's album Electroclarinet

Live Saturation (2008)
Flute & electronic music, 5’
In collaboration with Cambridge-based poet Ruth Lepson around her poem Saturation
    Première: Mario Caroli, Harvard University, Paine Hall, May 24, 2008
    Download score

Lina (2006)
Contrabass clarinet, 3'15
    A wild and colorful solo, an ideal encore!
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Boston, Bayridge Residence and Cultural Center, February 24, 2007
    Recorded on Jean-François Charles's album Electroclarinet
    Buy score

Aqua solo (2004/2008)
Double bass, 6’30
    Première: Alex Tarbert, Harvard University, Paine Hall, April 26, 2009

L’herbe qui chante (2003)
Crickets & live electronics, 5’
    Première: crickets & Jean-François Charles, Montbéliard (France), Le Palot, June 5, 2003

Film Music, Multimedia, and Electronic Music

Ceramix (2018)
Interactive electronic music installation, in collaboration with ceramist Andrew Casto
    Première: National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, Pittsburgh, March 14-17 2018

Live Geometry (2017-2018)
Durational performance, in collaboration with Visual Artist Daniel Fine, Ceramist Andrew Casto, and Engineer Stephen Baek
    Première: University of Iowa, April 20, 2018

Underground Echoes (2017)
Live electronics, 1 hour performance
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Rieti (Italy), July 2017

The Eleventh Year (1928 movie by Dziga Vertov) (2015-2016)
Film music, 52’
Co-composed, recorded, and produced with Nicolas Sidoroff, Clélia Bobichon, Guillaume Hamet, Krystian Sarrau, and Sébastien Sauvage
    A shared collective creation

Metallum (2015)
Interactive installation
    A large Swiss cow bell with sonic reactions to visitor’s touch

Plane Mix (2008)
Film music & Video remix, 1'

Bleu 2 (2007)
Electronic music, 8’
    Première: Harvard University, Hydra Concert, December 14, 2007

Stay in tune (2006)
Interactive musical game on computer
    Première: Harvard University, Dance Center, January 13 & 14, 2006

Dérives (2004)
Soundtrack to Dérives, a short film by Sophie de Quatrebarbes, Élise Launay and Adeline Meilliez, 4'
    Première: International Festival Musica, Strasbourg, September 29, 2004

Dance & Music

Cage Lingers (2019)
Tenor sax & analog synth, electric guitar, live electronics, 18'
Created with Joseph Norman and Jonathan Wilson as part of (dis)APPEAR(d)ances, a collaborative piece with Choreographer Jennifer Kayle and Digital Media Designer Daniel Fine.
     Inspired by and infused with John Cage, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, and Duke Ellington
    Première: Dance Gala In Motion, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, November 15 & 16, 2019

Volumes of Worlds (2017)
In collaboration with Choreographer George De La Peña
    Première: 50th anniversary of the International Writing Program, Laptop Orchestra at the University of Iowa, October 11, 2017

Cœur brisé - In memoriam M.J. (2010)
Dancing clarinetist, electronic music, and electric guitar, 6’
    Première: Jean-François Charles & Jonathan Buonocore, Harvard University, Arts First Dance Festival, 2010

PPP - Puppet, Perpetuum mobile, Pipo (2007/2009)
Three études for dancing clarinetist, 6’
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Harvard University, Lowell Hall, Arts First Dance Festival, May 2, 2009

Ballade (2008)
Dancing clarinetist, 4’
    In the tradition of works for solo dancing clarinetist
    Première: Jean-François Charles, Harvard University, Dance Center, May 7, 2008

Rêver (2004)
Dancing clarinetist & singing dancer, 7’
Choreography Jean-François Charles & Alice Gervais-Ragu
    Homage to Johann Sebastian Bach
    Première: Jean-François Charles & Alice Gervais-Ragu, Bouxwiller (France), October 29, 2004

Délicat (2004)
Dance & live electronics, 6’
    Première: Alice Gervais-Ragu & Jean-François Charles, Villeurbanne (France), March 1, 2004

Wu jú sè (2002)
Clarinet, percussion, double bass, and dance, 11’
Choreography Jean-François Charles
    An orange dance
    Première: Ensemble New Flore: Jean-François Charles, Édith Le Rôle, Franck Cottet-Dumoulin, and Alice Gervais-Ragu, Strasbourg, ARES, March 1, 2002

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