Daniel ALVARADO BONILLA TOTEM
IRCAM, Festival Manifest 2018
Ircam's technical supervisor :
CNSM's musical supervisor :
Informatic musical realisation : Daniel Alvarado Bonilla
The composing of TOTEM was a true collaboration between Daniel and me. I proposed him techniques from Stefano Scodanibbio, mixed with some of my own experimental discoveries.
After a long process of recorded improvisations with performance instructions attached, Daniel managed to create his own language of musically and physically coherent extended-pizzicato-techniques.
We worked a lot on the corporality and fluidity of the piece, with an asserted ambidextrous theme, each hand has its own line.
A part of this piece is made from the musical universe I offered to Daniel, mixed with his unique sense of composing for string players and subtlety of the tape he made to accompany. It is perfectly mixed with the double bass beginning as counterpoint, and progressively engulfing it and surpassing it.
For me this piece is the most beautiful gift I could receive, and I'm proud of having a hand in the making of it.
I will try to play it again in the near future, with tape, or perhaps an orchestrated version. I feel that this piece as a concerto could be also very interesting.
Festival Musica Nigella
Ensemble Musica Nigella
CNSMDP - 04/07/2017
Conductor : Rémi Durupt
Harp : Maëlle Martin
Viola : Ieva Sruogyte
Clarinets : Hugo Clédat
Flutes : Artem Naumenko
Percussions : Antoine Josselin
I had the chance to premiere Augustin Braud's concertino for double bass GOLEM. His piece is filled with the influences and techniques of Intercontemporain Ensemble double bassist Nicolas Crosse. Augustin worked with him to prepare his materials for the concerto.
Techniques such as the multiphonics with the finger under the bow and the dual handling of the bow to make long scratch sounds are notable examples.
I worked with Nicolas on this concerto to help understand its subtle implications and energy which fueled my interpretation of the final work.
This experience created strong bonds between Augustin and me, we now frequently share our ideas, and our parallel musical evolutions have become intertwined.
I hope to play this piece again in an extended version, as I feel with our shared understanding it could be even more intensively conveyed.
The two opportunities we had to record the work had small recording quality errors, so I have decided to attach both to help convey the piece better.
The first one is the premiere, with a small improvisation at the beginning to invite the public inside the chapel, as it was a multi-venue performance stretching across an abbey. The recording of my master's recital is incomplete because of technical errors with the files.
Les Voix des Arcanes
Les Voix des Arcanes is a project in expansion, still evolving. It's built around the the Tarot cards and their interpretations : between improvisation, composition, choreography, video, mapping, tape, performance and theater.
It's meant to be adaptive to the space in which it is taking place, also to resonate with the history of the different locations, producing an intense reflexion on space and time.
The interactions between dance and music are analysed and carefully crafted, forging a strong artistic link used as the fuel of the creation.
I greatly admire these interdisciplinary projects, projects that build bridges between artists and help them create together.