Jean-Luc Fafchamps – Gentle Electronics


2CD – Sub Rosa

Jean-Luc Fafchamps is a pianist and composer who studied at the Conservatory in Mons and at the University of Leueven, as well as being a member of the Ictus Ensemble. In the past he has collaborated with Guy-Marc Hinant and Frederic Walheer’s label and previously with Morton Feldman, also appearing as a pianist in various ensembles before emerging in 2013 with a solo album (YZ3Z2Z1S2, A Five -letter Sufi Word). He appears here under the aegis of Sub Rosa, a label that needs no introduction in electronic music. Here the Belgian musician – always remaining true to his nouveau classical approach – has released a record that includes both a CD and DVD. The work contains two distinct compositions both inspired by one clear musical idea: to choose simple electronic instruments – cheap and easy to use – and “put them to work in a mostly-theatrical way.” The world premiere of Beth/Veth was facilitated by Stephane Ginsburgh at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. Here Fafchamps continues to delight us with a composition rich with recorded percussion and electronic abstractions. Street Music, on the other hand, is an instrumental composition that Fafchamps wrote in 2009 for the violist Vincent Royer. The work was seminally recorded and filmed by Joachim Glaude and Denis Guerdon and designed to be performed in public, using just “pop electronics”


Jean-Luc Fafchamps – Beth/Veth