31st Vilnius Jazz Festival. 11-14 October, 2018

Ping Machine

France

Frédéric Maurin - g, electronic, direction
Andrew Crocker – tp
Fabien Norbert – tp, flgh
Julien Silvand - tp, flgh
Florent Dupuit - ts, fls
Jonas Muel – ts, cl
Jean-Michel Couchet – as, ss
Fabien Debellefontaine - as, cl, fl
Guillaume Christophel – bs, bcl
Thibaut Du Cheyron – tb
Lucas Spiler - btb
Yannick Lestra - p
Raphaël Schwab – db
Rafaël Koerner - dr
Stephan Caracci – perc

Breaking rules, experimenting with sounds: in its continual exploration, Ping Machine enjoys sharing the thrill of being on stage with the audience. With the intention of integrating aspects of the music that has inspired him in his compositions (Stravinsky, Messiaen, Grisey, Gil Evans, Frank Zappa, Steve Coleman, Meshuggah), Frédéric Maurin transcends the limits of the genre: using spectral techniques, melodic and harmonic exploration, confronting blocks of sound and orchestral polyrhythm. The artistic line is to carry the audience through original soundscapes that allow the soloists to go beyond the traditional framework of improvisation.

The sound created by the orchestra is neither a mental thing nor a speech intended to be interpreted: it always contains something that communicates physically, beyond words and concepts. The collective dimension of the ensemble, the energy and generosity of each individual produce music that is radical and powerful. A music that brings to light an underlying modernity, using complex contemporary devices but always in a subtle manner, never forgetting the audience and keeping focused on a natural flow, allowing them to perceive, through the complexity of the material, what lies beyond the sound.

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