Second public performance of Flux et Reflux for clarinet and electronics by Dominique Pfaff, in a concert staged on the occasion of the nomination of the Phare de Courdouan for the Unesco World Heritage list.
The Editions L'octanphare, SMIDDEST, Europe, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, and the Gironde and Charente-Maritime départements are organizing this event, co-funded by the European Union.
Please note that access to this exceptional venue is strictly limited. The French government have opted for a contest game enabling participants to win one of the 300 seats available.. It will take place from 17th to 27th May 2018 online
On 6th April 2018, I performed the first augmented concert with the Orchestre d'Harmonie de Levallois, conducted by Vincent Renaud. This project, on which I was working for several years, associates musicians, electronics, videos, voices and lights and was supported by my publisher, Les Editions l'Octanphare. An amazing experience which ended with the world premiere of my piece Horizons for concert band and electronics. A video of the live performance will soon be available.
Orchestre d'Harmonie de Levallois, conducted by Vincent Renaud
Composition, arrangements, electronics and art direction: Damien Deshayes
Voices: Valentin Stuff (The Voice), Charles Washington, Suzy Jurcevic-Garcia
Computer graphics: Florent Séror
Sound and video projection: Damien Deshayes
Light and sound technical team : Marc Michel , Charly Jambu, Xavier Segat, Bruno Coste
With logistical support from Editions de l'Octanphare
You can discover on Soundcloud my music for the short movie Balloon Dating, directed by Cyrille Drevon. This soundtrack mixing tango and electro was played by Arnaud Delannoy.
A Journey to Heaven was released on the legal download and streaming platforms on December 19, 2017!
In november, three of my epic songs (Kept, Unknown Hero and Fear and Devotion) has been broadcast during the League of Legends World Championship 2017. I feel honoured to appear in their playlist since it's the most important eSport competition on this planet!
A great collaboration has begun with the Editions de l'Octanphare which will publish my concert music from now on!
First pieces to be published: Monument Valley for two recorders and Qinah for clarinet and electronics.
In september, I was happy to compose the music for a Weleda commercial, depicting the making of their products! The music was played by Arnaud Delannoy. You can watch the commercial on their Youtube channel.
Directed by Thomas Symonds - Produced by My Little Paris - Agency: Havas
Sídhe, for C trumpet and organ (2017). In Celtic mythology, the Sídhe refers to the Irish Otherworld but can also refer to the word "peace". This piece is an attempt to evoke this legendary place, particularly through the registration of the organ which sometimes recalls - I hope so anyway - bagpipes in the distance. The trumpet was played by Pierre Badel and recorded by Marc Gueroult!
A few months ago, I had the great pleasure to record a piece for GUM Tapes with the Macedonian Radio Orchestra / Fames Project and Jean-Philippe Audin! Etienne Colin supervised the recording and mixed the piece.
Fourteen of my trailer / epic tracks, mixed by Etienne Colin, are available in the album "Epic Scores" at Universal Publishing! Very happy to be part of this new adventure!
Broadcast of the documentary Ahnenerbe, les terribles savants d'Hitler, directed by Quentin Domart, produced by Label News, on TV5 on 17th April, 2017. Rebroadcast on RMC Découvertes on 23rd June, 2017 at 8:50 PM. I composed several additional cues for it.
One year after the world premiere at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, which took place during the 3rd Electrosession where I was the guest composer, I'm happy to present to you the recording of Flux & Reflux for Bb clarinet and electronics.
Commissionned by the Mairie de Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, Flux & Reflux is inspired by a poem by Rabindranath Tagore:
''The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment."'
The artistic approach I chose for this piece differs from the leading aesthetic in electroacoustic music (GRM / IRCAM). It's quite intentional: I'd like to pursue this process in the future - with the help from my publisher - in particular in the course of a mixed music concert which will take place next year in April.
The solo clarinet part, played by Marie Boche, was recorded on the day following the premiere at Studio Alhambra Colbert (Rochefort) by Mathieu Nappez. Huge thanks to her for the work she accomplished, because despite appearances, it was a difficult and demanding piece.
The recorded clarinet which accompanies her was played by Judith Chiapparin and recorded by Jean Marnay at Studio Kadence.
The percussions parts were played and recorded by me, in the countryside, while thunder was coincidentally rolling and rain pouring down :-)
Embracing the Wind is a piece which blends electronics, piano and cello. I really thank the performers who bring it to life: Agnès Graziano (piano) and Hervé Chiapparin (celllo)! The piano was recorded at Studio Purple Sheep (Lyon) by Jean Prat and the cello at Studios de la Seine (Paris) by Sylvain Mercier.
The french documentary L'Avocat, un Fruit qui fait sa Loi directed by Anne-Fleur Delaistre, for which I composed some additional music, was broadcast on France 5 from the 15th January 2017.
My piece Remembrance, for trumpet and brass ensemble, was recorded in october/november 2016 by the gifted trumpet player Pierre Badel (recording engineer: Marc Gueroult) and by the brass section of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, conducted by François Rousselot! This piece was commissionned by Pierre Badel and was written over a year ago in just a few days. I have to confess that the parts are incredibly challenging for brass players, even though the music sounds very simple: it is slow, with a lot of dissonant chords, and demands a lot of concentration and breath control... I really thank each musician for their dedication!
I'm very excited to present you one of my biggest personal projects of the year: A Journey to Heaven. I'm incredibly grateful to the musicians who brought some life to this orchestral and contemplative track: the very talented pianist Agnès Graziano, my faithful cellist Hervé Chiapparin and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, conducted by François Rousselot. The music was also a journey itself, since it was recorded in three different cities: in Budapest at Tom-Tom Studio, in Paris at Studios de la Seine (recording engineer: Sylvain Mercier) and in Lyon at Studio-Purple Sheep (recording engineer: Jean Prat).
A few months ago, I composed Lights Of Hope, an epic / emotional track spotlighting the cello, performed by Hervé Chiapparin and recorded at Studios de la Seine (Paris) by Sylvain Mercier.
The orchestral part was performed by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, conducted by François Rousselot and recorded at Studio 22 of Magyar Rádio (Budapest).
I am very happy to have composed some additional music for the documentary ExoMars: The Hunt for Life, produced by Label News and directed by François Pomès (main composer: Romain Paillot)!
The movie has been broadcast on National Geographic and Science et Vie TV in October 2016.
28th September 2016: Masaé Gimbayashi-Barbotte's new album, La Lune, including my piece Momentum, is released! The CD is available on Amazon and on online music stores and streaming plateforms: Spotify, Deezer, Fnac, Google Play Music, Tidal, etc...
Soundtrack of the post-apocalyptic film Gasoline Road (prod. Norman Coast, dir. Clément Bernard and Yannis Cacaux). Composing this music, alternately rock and epic, was very exciting. Many thanks to Marco Porfield who performed superlatively well the bass and electric guitar parts, at the drop of a hat!
Soundtrack of the short movie Le Syndrome Doris Day (prod. Norman Coast, dir. Clément Bernard and Yannis Cacaux, with Alix Bénézech and Grégoire Baujat). Performed by Judith Chiapparin (clarinet) and Alexandre Benéteau (piano), and recorded by Jean Marnay at Studio Kadence.
Before my residency in April, the town of Saint-Palais-sur-Mer commissionned Qinah, for Bb Clarinet and electronics. This piece was world premiered by Marie Boche on 12th February 2016 and was recorded by Judith Chiapparin on 5th February 2016 at Studio Kadence, with Jean Marnay's assistance.
From 4th to 7th April, 2016, I was composer-in-residence at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer for the 3rd ElectroSession. On the programme: masterclass with the students of the Academy (6th April), lecture on "The electronic instruments in film and videogame music" (in French) (6th April), closing concert about my work, with the world premiere of Flux et Reflux for Bb clarinet and electronics by Marie Boche (7th April).
The animated movie La Vague is in competition at the Festival International du Film d'Aubagne, which is mainly dedicated to film music and which will take place from 14th March to 19th March 2016! It's my second nomination there, after Skin Light in 2010!