SPIIC_LectureConcert_no.5

SPIIC Lecture Concert no.5

Donnerstag 30.01.2020 19:30
HfMT, Ensemble-Studio

JEAN-CHARLES FRANÇOIS
Percussionist, Composer, Improvisator (Paris, San Diego, Lyon)
In einer Solo Lecture Performance, im Konzert mit dem SPIIC Ensemble und im Gespräch mit Vlatko Kučan.

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Mit Jean-Charles François haben wir einen außergewöhnlich brillanten und vielseitigen Künstler, Theoretiker und Pädagogen zu Gast, der in seiner reichen internationalen Laufbahn seit den frühen 1960-er Jahren bis heute wichtige Positionen zeitgenössischer Musik mitgestaltet hat. Er war dabei nicht nur an zwei bedeutenden künstlerischen und intellektuellen Brennpunkten seiner Zeit (Paris und der UC San Diego) tätig, sondern hat sich als Performer, Scholar und Educator stets dem Ideal eines interdisziplinären Diskurses und einer 'Offenheit' gegenüber verschiedenen musikalischen Genres und Traditionen verpflichtet gefühlt. Entsprechend reich und vielseitig sind sein 'Werk' und seine ganz individuelle und charismatische Art der Performance.

Jean-Charles François studied at the CNSMD in Paris. He studied composition with the Australian composer and conductor Keith Humble. Between 1962 and 1969, he participated as a soloist to numerous concerts of contemporary music in Paris and throughout Europe. Between 1965 and 1969, he was the co-director of the Centre de Musique with Giuseppe Englert and Keith Humble, at the American Center in Paris. In 1969, he moved to Australia and was appointed principal Percussion at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and as percussion teacher at the University of Melbourne. He returned to Paris in 1972 as Musical Director of the Théâtre de la Citè Internationale and lecturer at Paris VIII University. In September 1972, he went to the University of California San Diego with a fellowship from the Rockfeller Foundation. In 1973 he was appointed on the music faculty at UCSD. He became director of the Center for Music Experiment (1979-1982) and later chairman of the UCSD Music Department (1982-1985). In 1975 he founded the experimental improvisation group KIVA with the trombonist John Silber. The group KIVA gave many concerts in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Australia until 1991. He has published numerous research articles on the subject of timbre and improvisation in Musique en Jeu (Paris), La Revue Esthètique (Paris), Traverses (Centre Pompidou, Paris), Perspectives of New Music (USA) et Percussive Notes Research Edition (USA), Open Space (USA) and Enseigner la Musique (Lyon, France). His book Percussion et musique contemporaine has been published by the Editions Klincksieck (Paris) in 1991. En 1994 he obtained his Doctorate at the University Paris VIII (title of the thesis : ‘The Creative Performer’). In 1990, he was appointed by the French Ministry of Culture, Director of the CEFEDEM Rhône-Alpes, a center devoted to the training of future music school’s teachers. In 1992, he joined the contemporary music ensemble Aleph, Paris. This ensemble plays a season’s concert at the Théâtre Dunois in Paris since 1990, and at Théâtre de l’Aquarium in Vincennes since 2012. The ensemble has toured world wide extensively. He is a member of PaaLabRes Collective in Lyon. As an improvisator, he particpated recently to concerts and gatherings in New York, California, Musique Action Festival in Vandœvre-lès-Nancy, CEPI meetings in Puget-Ville and Valcivières, France, Wupperthal, Hamburg and at the Exploratorium, Berlin.