Gentle Electronics

SR 397CD SR 397CD

"In the pieces featured on this record, I have chosen simple electronic means -- the kind that are commonplace, accessible, cheap, and easy to use -- and I put them to work in a mostly-theatrical way: a situation of representation, one that is unique, new, and creative, where the focus lies in esthetics and poetics instead of in technological prowess. An imagination of otherness, where you don't know anymore whether the other is the soundworld produced out of time in the 'black box' of electronics or the musician -- or even the instrument itself -- pushed away, alienated, lost, despite the fact that there appears to be evidence of his/her/its physical presence." This CD contains Beth/Veth (2012), for piano, metallic percussion, and electronic installation, performed by St├ęphane Ginsburgh (piano and percussion). The accompanying DVD contains Street Music for Plugged Viola (2009), a film by Manon de Boer with Vincent Royer (viola). DVD format is European PAL, region-free, stereo audio. Jean-Luc Fafchamps (born 1960) is a pianist and composer. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Mons and Louvain University. A member of the Ictus Ensemble, he has taken part in many concert performances in large ensembles and chamber groups (performances of works by Lindberg, Reich, Aperghis, Mernier, Leroux, Harada, Francesconi, etc.), and in mixed performances, particularly accompanying dance (multiple performances with Rosas (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker)) and theater (several creations with Aperghis). He has made recordings for Sub Rosa -- with the Bureau des Pianistes and as a soloist -- of works by Bowles, Liszt, Feldman, Dallapiccola, Duchamp, Scelsi, and Berio; has contributed to numerous recordings with the Ictus Ensemble (Francesconi, Aperghis, Lindberg, Harada, De Mey, Mernier, Harvey, etc.); and has accompanied many singers.