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)
Amongst the so-called "spectral" composers, no one more than Tristan Murail puts Nature forward as a source of inspiration - moreover, this is often stated in the titles themselves... The return to melody, which one cannot help but notice in his recent works, clearly meets a need to give rise to a discourse by means of salient elements. A kind of return to the natural model.
Winter Fragments - Unanswered Questions - Ethers - Feuilles à travers les cloches - Le Lac
Argento Chamber Ensemble
Erin Lesser (flute)
Michel Galante (conductor)
"I often compose in allegro, scherzo, or allegro vivace mode", declares Régis Campo at the risk of being seen as an agitator in a troubled age when the requiem with its trail of litanies and lamentos is invading the musical landscape.
Régis Campo has decided to be at the epicentre of happiness. Should cheerfulness in music be banned nowadays ?
He sweeps away this view at a stroke : he composes his happiness, in search of music devoid of all heaviness.
Concerto : Jay Gottlieb (piano), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Pascale Rophé (conductor)
Music to hear : Musicatreize, Roland Haraybedian (conductor)
Pop-Art : Ensemble des Lauréats du Conservatoire, Kanako Abe (conductor)