I’m starting a blog based on writings by my late father as part of the Substructured Loss grief and bereavement research residency in Berlin.

This is a project dealing with music’s power over emotions. Before his death, my father had started writing philosophical texts on music in which music’s power to recall memories and incite deep emotions are central. In the context of my own bereavement – often triggered by music – I’m developing this question by documenting the experiences of other musicians.

Realizing the diversity of backgrounds of musicians I know in Europe, I started posing questions to those in Marseille regarding their practices – from the jazz-oriented of the Grand 8 Ensemble to the noise-oriented of the Multiversal collective. This project is now evolving by focusing on key ideas from my father’s texts and so follows his desire to encourage the reader to question themselves and develop their own thoughts.

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