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An update on some of the exciting things happening soon or that have just happened:

  1. Super nice concert with Ben Grossman and Vincent Roussel at the Grotte de l’Hermite in the nature outside Marseilles (see photos below). I also took Ben aside to dig into his musical background and talk about Stravinsky, a discussion which will become a new Echo Chamber episode in the coming months.
  2. A couple days ago the Bears were back this time with double bassist Nghia Duong in our first Heard Of Bears invite… concert since summer. Thanks Nghia!
  3. UPCOMING RELEASE NO.1 Coming very very soon will be the final concert version of Echo Organ, electroacoustic piece featuring as part of my sound installation of the same name, and which has enjoyed broadcasts this year as part of Radiophrenia and Festival Futura. This is a highly personal project which I am extremely proud of, and have chosen to release it myself for free download for anyone interested.
  4. UPCOMING RELEASE NO.2 my first proper solo album is yet to be released on Creative Sources Recordings. Its release will coincide with my performance for Clara de Asis’ Ernestine concert series on October 21st.

In the meantime, some photos from our Concert à la grotte de l’Hermite with Ben Grossman and Vincent Roussel !

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ECHO CHAMBER #20 – Freedom & Composition with Christoph Schiller, part 3

 

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I spent several days last summer with composer, improviser and spinet-player Christoph Schiller at his somewhat legendary studio in Basel. Given the concentrated subject matter, and the sheer length, of the discussions, I decided to make a three-part Echo Chamber special that deals overall with the question of freedom in musical composition:- composition as an emancipatory means to deeper reflexion and a more sincere gestural approach.

Toward the end of our three days of conversations, we focused on the problem of words; the problem of musicians trying to communicate between one another despite speaking different languages, ideas becoming lost in translation, and the difficulty of choosing the right words in even one’s own language.

We also look at the problems posed by the following quote from my late musicologist dad: “the more that people believe that music expresses or arouses emotions, the more they want others to agree.” This takes us onto the descriptive words used for music, and leads us to consider the deliberate theatricality of Baroque music amongst others.

The music featuring in this episode comes exclusively from the sublime album ‘Tse’ by Christoph Schiller in trio with Pierre-Yves Martel and Cyril Bondi.

Find about more about Christoph on his website.

PS Don’t adjust your sound system! There’s an intermittent buzz in the right-hand channel of these recordings, due to my faulty Zoom microphone. Sorry.

ECHO CHAMBER #19 – Freedom & Composition with Christoph Schiller, part 2

 

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I spent several days last summer with composer, improviser and spinet-player Christoph Schiller at his somewhat legendary studio in Basel. Given the concentrated subject matter, and the sheer length, of the discussions, I decided to make a three-part Echo Chamber special that deals overall with the question of freedom in musical composition:- composition as an emancipatory means to deeper reflexion and a more sincere gestural approach.

Composition in the sense we discuss it here becomes a tool that is more efficient in prying open interior dialogues within the musician than any score-less method; a tool whose sharpening is the result of a simultaneous rejection of Romantic ideals, various amalgamations with new technologies and improvised methods, and the embracing of the earliest written music practices.

The music you hear throughout this episode comes from Christoph’s bewildering piece Missa, recorded in Basel in 2016 and featuring many of the musicians and singers from the Millefleurs ensemble.

Find about more about Christoph on his website.

PS Don’t adjust your sound system! There’s an intermittent buzz in the right-hand channel of these recordings, due to my faulty Zoom microphone. Sorry.

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upcoming concerts and releases… . . . .  .  .  .  .  .   .   .   .   .    .

exciting things happening beginning with a secret concert in a secret cave with Ben Grossman (TBA), and ending for now towards the end of October with a solo release concert at the Ernestine concert series as I release my first solo album, out on the Creative Sources label.

More soon.

en commençant par un concert secret dans une grotte secrète, plus d’infos à venir,
et en terminant avec une performance solo pour les Ernestine series vers fin octobre, qui sera également soirée de sortie de mon premier album solo, ooh j’ai hâte moi aussi !

Plus de nouvelles bientôt.

ECHO CHAMBER #18 – Freedom & Composition with Christoph Schiller, part 1

 

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I spent several days last summer with composer, improviser and spinet-player Christoph Schiller at his somewhat legendary studio in Basel. Given the concentrated subject matter, and the sheer length, of the discussions, I’ve decided to make a three-part Echo Chamber special that deals overall with the question of freedom in musical composition:- composition as an emancipatory means to deeper reflexion and a more sincere gestural approach.

Composition in the sense we discuss it here becomes a tool that is more efficient in prying open interior dialogues within the musician than any score-less method; a tool whose sharpening is the result of a simultaneous rejection of Romantic ideals, various amalgamations with new technologies and improvised methods, and the embracing of the earliest written music practices.

I took great pleasure in choosing what music to accompany these conversations, what sounds of Christoph’s that I not only have a personal fondness for but that also best give some kind of musical parallel to the content of our discussions. For Freedom & Composition Part 1, Christoph’s joint album with violinist Anouck Genthon, Zeitweise leichter Schneefall (Newwaveofjazz, 2019) fits the bill perfectly.

Parts 2 & 3 will be out in the coming weeks.

Find about more about Christoph on his website.

PS Don’t adjust your sound system! There’s an intermittent buzz in the right-hand channel of these recordings, due to my faulty Zoom microphone. Sorry.