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MATTHIEU

MANTANUS

my music

by JeansMusic records

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My meeting with electronic sounds was totally unexpected. A kind of creative explosion due to the use of electronics instruments and synths. But since I remain a classical musician in my heart -and in a large part of my life- I explore an instrumental kind of electronic music, mostly inspired by classical repertoire.

​My first album, BachBox, has been published by
JeansMusic records - the new music label of the JeansMusic lab founded in 2018.

The second EP, Sound of Elements, is ready to be relased on
March 31st 2020. Waiting for the repeat of my Baroque Reloaded, that has been premiered in Jesi on September 4th for the Festival Pergolesi Spontini, coproduced by Fondazione Pietà de' Turchini, Napoli and that will be repeated in Napoli on May 30th 2020.

If you're interested to more music, still not reeleased or meant just for my supporters, please visit my backstage!

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BachBox (2018)

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Sound of Elements

full release on March 31st 2020

Cantate de l'Espace-Temps

not available yet

+ future releases and exclusives available in backstage

 

Sound Of Elements

(2020)

Matthieu's second album, Sound Of Elements is  a journey between musical Impressionism and live electronics. Preordering the EP you can download already Drops of Freedom, while the entire EP will be released only on March 31st 2020.

"I take the four elements, and  analyze the way  they were understood more or less hundred years ago, for example by a composer like Debussy. Then I take my inspiration from harmonies or pattern I find in his music, and reinvent a different vision of the same element using electronics.

I begin with the element "water", inspired by Debussy's Prelude "La cathédrale engloutie".

In this project, unlike I did in BachBox, electronics are played entirely live, using both the midi return of the acustic Yamaha piano keyboard and the very useful Keith McMillan SoftStep pedal."

 

Cantate de l'Espace-Temps

(2019)

Not recorded yet, Cantate de l'Espace-Temps has been written for the show Baroque Reloaded, premiered in Festival Pergolesi-Spontini on September 4th 2019, and has been conceived to be perfomed together with an  Alessandro Scarlatti's toccata, two Vivaldi's Cantatas and a Pergolesi's cantata.

The electronic music is tought in order to create a musical frame to the baroque, and needs four performers: a soprano, a harpsichord, a cello,  and a piano/synth and live electronics.

Jesi, Festival Pergolesi Spontini - september 2019

 

BachBox (2018)

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Music composed for the show of the same name.

 

"I took the well known b-flat Partita by Bach as an inspiration basis. For each dance of the Partita I wrote a free electronic variation using Ableton Live. The idea was not just to play Bach with electronic basis and instruments, but to compose a brand new and original music from it, like the classical "Theme and variations". The result was a total surprise for me.

​The ispiration came obviously in one hand from the incredible music material Bach offered, and in an other hand from the sounds and effects of the electronic. Ambients that recalled me noises, words and sound environments of my every day life that I decided to include.

​I actually still ask myself what kind of music style it is. The basis is surely classical repertoire, the one I studied and played since I was five. Then I see there some progressive rock, some minimalism and obviously the electronics, the box, where all that music can stay together.

​It's like the Daft Punk interviewing Bach instead of Moroder!"