SAM/OTO: Michel Chion and Ghédalia Tazartès

Ghédalia Tazartès
Ghédalia Tazartès
24-25 March 2011
Café Oto
Produced by: 
Penultimate Press & Cenatus

Two nights presenting two disparate figures from the French experimental music tradition of musique concrète: One featuring musical outsider Ghédalia Tazartès and the other his mentor and friend, the theoretician, producer and musician Michel Chion.

The autodidact Ghédalia Tazartès, born 1947 in Paris has spent 30+ years within musical practice and experimentation, letting his musical work wander from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. Utilising magnetic tape recorders, he paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker. He traces vague landscapes where the mitre of the white clown, the plumes of the sorcerer, the helmet of a cop and Parisian anhydride collide into polyphonic ceremonies

Michel Chion was born in 1947 in Creil (France). In the 70's he was assistant to Pierre Schaeffer at the Paris' Conservatoire national de musique, producer of broadcasts for the GRM, and publications director for the Ina-GRM, of which he was a member from 1971 to 1976. Parallel to these activities, he composed important musique concrète works in the studios of the GRM including the classic 'Requiem'.

Tazartès will present an idiosyncratic solo performance for voice and electronics, whilst Chion will present the world premiere of Live In Prose, A Symphony Concrète. This piece was composed in the period between 2006-2010 and has previously been only in extracts and drafts in Paris, Montreal Canada and Yokohama, Japan. The entire work is "for fixed sounds".

If presenting the disparate figures of the academic: Michel Chion and the autodidactic Ghédalia Tazartès wasn’t enough, it gives us huge pleasure to announce Rashad Becker to support Tazartès on the 25th March. Becker is a shadowy figure, generally more comfortable behind the scenes of Good Music (TM). Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience a performance by a man who many consider to have some of the most finely tuned ears in music. He describes his music as “playing the traditional music of imaginery species” - I don’t think we need to embellish that.

Michel Chion, Requiem (Excerpt)
Ghedalia Tazartes - Un amour si grand qu'il nie son objet


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