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Creative research laboratory - Lyon
Theater / Dance / Circus / Music

Les subsistances

Laboratoire international
de création artistique – Lyon

Archives - Saison 2013 - 2014


Christophe Chassol

21 September 2013


“X-pianos is one of this year’s most gripping albums” Les Inrockuptibles

The first encounters of Chassol with Indian music date from his teenage years where, thanks to John Mc Laughlin and his band Shakti, he could hear ragas, rhythm structures and Indian instruments mixed with jazz. Then came Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia and the devotional songs. More recently, the documentaries by Louis Malle (Phantom India) and by Johan van der Keuken (The Eye Above The Well) left their marks on him and after having harmonized New-Orleans in “Nola Cherie”, the choice to attempt at an harmonization of life, sounds, motifs, noises and traffic from Northern India quite naturally grew on him. In Calcutta and Varanasi, India’s most ancient city, he went to shoot sitarists, percussionists, singers, dancers, the kids, the Ganga, the city and the apparent chaos of the traffic. Indiamore spreads over four movements, one same tonal harmonic suite of warm and real pop chords that marries the modal Indian music usually resting on a sole continuous bass line played by the tampura. In repeating these images, in treating their sound as a music material and in harmonizing the actors’ speech with his own harmonic obsessions, he achieves to blend a documentary approach into a purely musical work.


Christophe Chassol: Pianist, composer, arranger and musical director for the likes of Phoenix and Sebastien Tellier, the charismatic and talented Chassol gave birth to an unclassifiable artistic piece. His compositions articulate voices, music, sounds, images onto new audiovisual objects. The result has a name : “ultrascore”. After harmonizing New Orleans with Nola Chérie, Chassol presents Indiamore filmed in Calcutta and Vanarasi in July 2012, he harmonized sounds, images and traditional music with these chord progressions that just look like him.




8€ for everyone (same price for everyone all year)

Dates & horaires

Sat 21 September 2013 / 22:30


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