Simultaneous Translations

Live music + photo projection

Since I was a child, I am drawn to observing. Contemplation of landscapes, and especially the way light wraps around them, has always been a great source of inspiration to me, even before I knew how to write music. In this project with my friend Terence Pique, I saw an opportunity to make the relationship between my reading of the light and my work sensible. I composed four sets of numbered musical sequences, for four instrumentalists. As the pictures from Terence’s « D’un certain état labyrinthique du paysage » series (see contact sheet below) where projected in shuffle mode on the wall in front of me, I would read them, and tell each musician what to play next. And this randomness-embracing process, along with several moments left to complete improvisation, sometimes gave way to music even I hadn’t anticipated.

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Intrumentation Flute in C and Bass, Clarinets in Bb and A, Violin, Cello, small Percussions

Premiered on October 21st, 2016 in Tokyo, Hot Buttured Club // with the support of: Institut Français Tokyo and the French Ambassy in Japan // in partnership with Petit Kokoro (booking).

Kaori WAKABAYASHI (Fl) Kaoru NISHIMURA (Cl) Aya KONO (Vln) Kei YAMAZAWA (Vlc) // Térence PIQUE (photos)

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Sous le parrainage de: Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon

Pictures of the premiere ! (Thanks to Maeda Hiro-taka © 2016 all rights reserved)

 

Chant des Lumières Exsangues

The door I came in from shut and disapeared; and here I am on the threshold, fearless. It is like a free fall jump, experienced by a blind person. I lived on the other side, but I am not dead here. I am surrounded by light without blood, through which I walk to the next stage.

The score is partly writen, partly improvised around imposed note paterns. It was originaly thought as a musical response to Anaïs CHARRAS‘ « Les Gardiens » series (initiated in 2014), a set of 12 drawings on paper-layed wooden panels including the one below. It has then been included in a performance including dance and poetry reading (see below).

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Instrumentation Bass Clarinet, Viola, Percussions & Piano

Premiered on May 22nd, 2015 at Galerie Ko21, Paris (original version) + June 16th, 2015 (dance+poetry version) at Olympic Café, Paris // in partnership with Classical Revolution France

Alvaro ZEGERS (B. Cl) Ruth AMARO (vla) Sylvain THOMAS (perc.) Yuko HIRONAKA (pno) // & for the dance+poetry version: César MURILLO + Karina VERA (contact-improvisation) Anne-Cécile CAUSSE (poems) Anne-Sophie NICOLAS (reciter)

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