Jean-Luc Fafchamps

Jean-Luc Fafchamps: I studied piano, chamber music and pure economics, but have, for a long time, also been interested in theatre, improvisation, gastronomy, sociology and non-classical music without ever seriously making a distinction between any particular one. Little by little, and by default, contemporary music became my domain. Not drawn to the aesthetics of combination, I departed from the enigmatic classic musicians (Debussy, Varèse) and from more recent technical influences (Ligeti, Grisey) to sketch out, roughly at first, a musical style. It was outlined by rhythmic and polyphonic continuity, a semblance of free association, the use of non-recurrent melody focused on harmonic mobility, and a taste for oblique logics of an esoteric nature and their mathematical projections. Through the creation of about twenty pieces, at first influenced by the Scriabinian Spectrum, I have sought to refine my writing for a more natural coherence and expressiveness. Now I envisage each new piece as the free incarnation of a precise, formal challenge, guided by uncompromising attention to the acoustics, because nothing is of any worth unless it sounds right. Currently I divide my time between performing, mostly with the Ictus Ensemble, composition and teaching musical analysis

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