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Michael Jarrell lays claim to the status of a craftsman. Conscious that mastery of his art is acquired in the long term, he has often felt the need to come back to the same object, looked at from a different angle, when he judged he had more efficient tools at his disposal and could express his musical ideas with greater precision. This is why he says he is fascinated by artists who constantly rework the same idea, such as Varèse or Giacometti. His training as a visual artist has probably made his sensitivity to forms even more acute. The impact on him of Paul Klee's thought, notably as regards the relations between forms and movements, is doubtless not irrelevant to his manner of animating the materials with which he composes.
Ensemble Klangforum Wienn, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Ernesto Molinari (bass clarinet), Emilio Pomarico (conductor)
Born in Geneva in 1958, Michael Jarrell studied composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Eric Gaudibert and at various workshops in the United States (Tanglewood, 1979). He completed his training with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik im Brisgau. [...]