Experimental laboratory in painting and music
Broadening my inquiries into energies shared by different disciplines, and specifically the affinities between abstract painting and music, I am honored to have been asked to compose a visual partita for the 2017 edition of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, as well as invited to set up a temporary studio/laboratory in the 17th century Chapelle de la Visitation in early July 2017.
Drawing inspiration from my 2014 Juilliard School adventure, the new challenge will be to create a 360° film experience of the Aix exploratory painting and music sessions. At the historic site, perfectly adapted to chamber music ensembles, I will work with four emerging chamber music quartets from the Académie Européenne de Musique de Chambre over two weeks. Having designed a giant transparent table to paint on vertically, four cameras will capture the emergence of pictorial compositions from below. Completely surrounded by these projected images, the musicians will interact with the moving forms. The aim of the laboratory is to study the interweaving energies of the painted lines with those of each musician, taking us collectively into uncharted territories.
While the studio/laboratory space will not be open to the public, I will present preliminary results of our research on 15 July at the Festival. Time and location to be confirmed. Current plans are to show the 360° film experience of the exploratory painting and music sessions at the 2018 edition of the Festival d’Aix.
Nuit d’Opéra à Aix
In support of the Festival d’Aix, Waddington Custot gallery has exceptionally made available two limited editions of the visual partita, “Nuit d’Opéra à Aix”. Waddington Custot and I are donating all proceeds from the print sale to the Festival in recognition of its pioneering role working with major opera houses to offer new productions.
I composed the partita as a succession of musical reveries along a stave line, emerging from a blue that evokes the intensity of those performances held uniquely at nightfall in Aix: the magical moment when, under a canopy of stars, the audience feels its collective heart expand, transported by opera’s dramatic power.