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MATTHIEU

MANTANUS

my music

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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 that he has founded - in march 2018.

I'm actually working on my second project, #SoundOf Elements, which first single 'Drops of Freedom' has been released on January 11th 2019 and first live will take place in Milano on November 24th 2019. 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 April 4th 2020.

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Cantate de l'Espace-Temps (2019)

Cantate de l'Espace-Temps has been written for the show Baroque Reloaded that will première 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 4 performers: a soprano, a harpsichord, a cello,  and a piano/synth and live electronics.

Sound Of Elements (2019)

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Published by Warner Chappell and recorded by Black Candy Records, The  "Sound Of Elements" project is  a journey between musical Impressionism and live electronics.

 

"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 regard, 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."

Have a look to the video of Drops Of Freedom

BachBox (2018)

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"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!"