Micro Landscape of a Bathroom Sink
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In the words of journalist and WNYC radio host John Schaefer, composer and bassist Florent Ghys writes pieces that “blend elements of minimalism, pop music and a dose of extravagant wit.” For his latest feat of magic in the studio, Ghys presents Télévision — an epic foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples and sci-fi that warps the very edges of contemporary music.
As Ghys himself describes it, “Télévision is about weather reports, digital music, plastic beauty, synesthesia, and dance.” All 13 pieces were composed, played, recorded, filmed and mixed by Ghys — and we say filmed, because Ghys has taken the extraordinary step of creating a video to accompany each piece, in playful tribute to the medium that inspired the message.
On Télévision, Florent Ghys plays, performs and perpetrates: alto double bass, applause, bass drum, composition, editing, guitar, hair dryers, hand claps, hi-hat, max programming, mix, mouth hi-hat, piano, shakers, snare, solfège, video, voice and weather reports.
Télévision was recorded in the bathroom of the Veltin studio at the MacDowell Colony, NH, and in Florent’s bedroom in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY.
released November 18, 2014
Thanks: Adam Khalil, Aline Brunet, Anne-Laure Castagnet, Audrey Janvier, Bernard Ghys, Bill Murphy, Burcu Koray, Caroles Fives, Charlotte Bray, Claudio Cavallari, David Crowell, David Macy, Eleonore Oppenheim, Frédéric Roumagne, Guillaume Dupuy, Ian Rosenbaum, Joe Branciforte, Jonah Rosenberg, Julia Wolfe, Laura Vitale, Lola Chow, Mario Marchisella, Natalie Bakopoulos, Paul Young, El Bronco taco truck, Météo France, Betsy Ashton.
''Florent Ghys is one of a new breed of composer/performers who thrives on performing the music he composes. He creates
highly contrapuntal, post-minimalist chamber music showcasing intelligent multi-tracking and inventive use of electronics and sampled speech.'' - Q2 radio...more
Anyone experiencing this live must've been the luckiest people on the planet that day. This is simply phenomenal. And hope to see more some day. Thanks Michael and COA for this crazy good production. DancingPlant
I don't need every Kronos performance to be one that shakes me to my essence, but I do always want them to be interesting. Kronos has been my gateway to discovering a lot of composers I never knew of before, so this one is worth checking out. Richard Weems