Date(s) - 15/06/2014
M L Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Delhi
Alliance Française de Delhi
Jazz violin by Guillaume Blanc
Sunday, June 15 2014, 7:00pm
M. L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
72, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003
“Electricity is like an effort of some sort of living matter to turn into spirit and mind. It would almost appear as though matter is trying to get an ecstasy, using electricity.” – Ernest Hello.
Playing in interaction with machines… learning to master their language… that is the challenge of Electric Suites… the sounds of traditional instruments closely intertwined with those of the electronic music… Folklore, Jazz, Beatmusic, traditional and ancient music, Electric Suites was inspired by this diversity in order to develop a new aesthetic, highlighting the profound aspirations of the creator and of the artist: to provide an artistic language that would be relevant to its time, while preserving a link to its past and origins. Revitalized with each live concert, Electric Suites takes its routes deep in the past and traditions of music, in order to better reinvent, whilst making the listener’s body vibrate… at the same time as the musician’s one does!
About the artist:-
Guillaume Blanc, violinist and composer
Born in 1981, Guillaume began playing the violin at age 5. After studying classical violin, he learns to know and love other musical aesthetics by joining the class of the great violinist and teacher of jazz improvisation Didier Lockwood. He also attended the class of Octavio Lopez, renowned contemporary music composer.
Since 2001, he participated in many music and film projects that allow him to perform regularly both in France and abroad. He was invited as a soloist by famous French artists, such as SportoKantes, Didier Lockwood, André Ceccarelli, Jool, Louis Winsberg, The Rabeats.
Since 2005, he has been playing his own compositions in various formations: a delicate mix of jazz and other musical styles, with a subtle touch of folklore. From 2007, he joined dance and theatre projects as a composer and performer.
Amongst his numerous collaborations, he had the pleasure of working with the choreographer Céline Pradeu-Kanagasabai on the choreographic pieces CPK-30ans (CPK-under 30 y.o) and Hybrid, around the theme of a shared identity between France and India (tour in the “Alliances Françaises” -French Alliances- in India and Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2013)
He also composed the original soundtrack for plays, such as Les parents terribles (Terrible parents) and Un numéro d’équilibre (A balancing act) for the Minuit44 company (Avignon Festival, in France, in 2012 and 2013).
He was also part of the painter & artist Xavier Ott’s performance on the theme of nature and the sacred, Le passage de Vénus (The passage of Venus).
In 2011 he was a finalist in Stéphane Grappelli’s Jazz Violin International Competition, winning the award for “Scenic Performance”.
He holds a national degree (“Diplôme d’Etat”) in violin teaching, and teaches violin and viola in several conservatories in France.
He is currently working on the development of Electric Suites, a Dj Set combining live instrumental and electronic music.
“The Jazz violinists are not yet legions and Guillaume Blanc is certainly one of the best. In its Electric Suites project, he presents original compositions of a high and rare quality.
He deserves a great future, so do go see and listen to him!” Didier Lockwood
Free entry. Open to all.