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Contacts for flute in G and vibraphone (2007)

Dedicated to Michel Gastaud

Premiered at the Paris Opera on March 12, 2007 at Studio Bastille (Midi Musique) and revived on March 20, 2007 at the Amphitheater (Young Audience Programme) by Isabelle Pierre and Michel Gastaud.

Duration: approx. 10'. Editions Francois Dhalmann


From 1994 to 2000, the Sept ARTE channel broadcast a series of programs entitled CONTACTS on Williams Klein. The project is simple but effective: ask about thirty photographers to comment for 13 minutes on one of their contact sheets of 36 exposures. The DVD bringing together all these shows was released in 2004.


      I have always loved film photography, in the sense that it is an art of melancholy. Obviousness and nostalgia for passing time (even the medium is aging), sharpness of details and contrasts, violence or softness of the theme: a certain reflection of life through the singular gaze of the photographer.


    _CC781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ possible, like so many variants of which only some are retained in fine. It's like a time before musical composition: the scattered and juxtaposed elements are waiting to be organized in space and time – an image of chaos according to the Greeks.


      , often taken at distant points in time.


      My work Contacts is similar to this spirit: constantly returning to the same constituent , etc.) -but each time from a different angle- a slow work of memory is accomplished where each motif refers to its own avatars; the coherence of the work is thus ensured. It is a kaleidoscope, whose intertwined fragments offer a kind of simultaneous vision of what is distributed over time. This idea is reinforced by the almost common range of the flute in G and the vibraphone; this particularity allows an ambiguity of timbre by melting them one into the other and contributes to homogenizing the sound texture, always abolishing the passage of time a little more.


      The title of the work echoes all these characteristics at once.

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