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Archives Sauvees Des Eaux
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2/28/2005

"Luc Ferrari is one of the most legendary musical figures of the twentieth century, whose work and aesthetic continue to influence several generations of contemporary composers. Among the founders and pioneers of the 'Groupe de Recherche Musicale', he is recognized to be alongside P. Schaeffer and P. Henry, one of the great masters of concrete music. He is also among the first to influence the 'musique concrète' with elements from other fields of electronic and acoustic music. Educated by Honegger and Messiaen, some steps, as an example the research work in Darmstadt or in Colony or the crucial meeting with Varèse, remain however fundamental. From Varèse, above all, Ferrari learned a fundamental lesson in his search: to consider and to accept the sounds 'for themselves'. The sounds must retain their own original identity, as an abstract quality. This has then been inserted in works in which the sound folds towards a form of narrative, and towards something, eventually, that has been called 'an imaginary musical story'. In this 'story' voices, sounds, orchestral sound, magnetic tape reach levels of extraordinary elaboration and effectiveness. Besides his work in the electronic and electro-acoustic area, Ferrari has composed instrumental music, ranging from solo for pianoforte, to works for orchestra that have obtained wide recognition. We also cannot forget his works for radio and television. As some have suggested, Luc Ferrari among many 'excellent' researchers holds an important position, because of his peculiar training, not academic, often ironic, that he declares to be characterized by 'intelligence, sensuality, extreme sonorous realism, not serious analytic ability, attention to social and the love for the good kitchen'. With recent publications with some labels (Tzadik by J.Zorn or Blue Chopsticks by D. Grubbs) L. Ferrrari is enjoying a deserved 'rebirth'). In the Milan concert L. Ferrari performed with Erikm, one of the most interesting musicians to work with new technologies."