A l’écoute d’Éliane Radigue

IKLECTIK presents,

A l’écoute d’Éliane Radigue

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January 2022

2-day tickets: £16 Student / £22 General Admission https://buytickets.at/iklectik/616241

A weekend of events dedicated to French electronic music pioneer Éliane Radigue.

The 2-day event starts with a music selection by Howlround followed by a 2-hour concert. Radigue’s pieces Arthesis (1973) and Kyema (1988) will be performed by François J. Bonnet (Kassel Jaeger) and diffused through the AMOENUS sound system.

On Sunday afternoon, we will screen ‘Éliane Radigue – Échos’ (2021), a film directed by Eléonore Huisse. The day will conclude with a discussion by speakers (TBA), who have been invited by IKLECTIK to talk on Radigue’s creative practice and wider influence over the last 7 decades.


Saturday 22nd – Concert [7:45pm doors]

Arthesis (1973)

Premiered on May 1st, 1973 at the Theater Vanguard in Los Angeles. Moog Modular System on magnetic tape. Produced at the studios of Iowa-University.

«Shuffles from the depths of the ages, from a secret and fierce embrace an indistinguishable clarity that seeks to emerge, traces its fragile advent when everything falls asleep». (Éliane Radigue)

Kyema (1988)

Premiered on November 22, 1980 at Mills College in Oakland. ARP 2500 synthesizer on  magnetic tape. Produced at the artist’s studio in Paris.

«Intermediate states
… to my son, Yves Arman 

First part of the Trilogie de la Mort.
Inspired by the root text of the Bardo Thödol (Tibetan Book of the Dead), this piece refers to the six intermediate states of consciousness that constitute the existential continuity of being: 

1. Kyene – Naissance
2. Milam – Rêve
3. Samten – Contemplation – Méditation
4. Chikaï – Mort
5. Chönye – Claire lumière
6. Sippaï – Traversée et retour» 

(Éliane Radigue) 

Sunday 23rd [2pm – 7pm]

2pm Composing with Moog (with the participation of Tom Lewis)
4pm Screening Éliane Radigue – Échos (2021)
4:30pm Roundtable w/ Louise Gray (moderator), Shiva Feshareki, Jo Hutton, Robin Mackay and François J. Bonnet.

Éliane Radigue – Échos (2021)
A Film by Eléonore Huisse and François J. Bonnet

Eléonore Huisse image-montage
François J. Bonnet sound
Éliane Radigue music

The filmmaker Eléonore Huisse and the sonic artist François J. Bonnet ask the composer Éliane Radigue a series of existential questions. The result is a portrait of the artist based on intimacy and friendship.

This new film approaches the world of French sound pioneer Éliane Radigue (1932) from a perspective of close proximity. French filmmaker Eléonore Huisse and sound artist François J. Bonnet visit their friend Éliane’s home in Paris in times of social distancing and lockdown to explore questions pertaining to solitude, imagination, retreat, the inner voice and temporality – questions that resonate with Radigue’s work, philosophy and way of living as much as with the acute collective experience of suspension and isolation brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Éliane Radigue

Ph credit: Eléonore Huisse

From her Parisian childhood Eliane Radigue kept a secret initiation to music, through the complicity of her piano teacher. Then came the harp, singing and composition. But it was through contact with musique concrète, with Pierre Schaeffer and then Pierre Henry, that Eliane Radigue’s music found its true path.

Over a span of more than 50 years, three distinct periods are articulated, each marking a break but each evoking in its own way an inspired exploration of thresholds, of the spaces that open up in the intervals, and of a dialogue between listening experience and inner experience, personal history and sensitive evocation. 

The first period (1968-1971) was the period of work on feedback, an embryonic phase that already signalled an extreme meticulousness and a work on thresholds and fragile equilibriums.

The second phase, that of maturity, and spanning thirty years (1971-2001), was marked by a fertile production of electronic compositions, indelibly linking her music to the unique sounds of her ARP 2500 synthesizer. This period also initiated the development of long forms with subtle variations that blossom and resonate between the history carried by the music and the test of time necessary for its deployment. 

The third time, open to this day, is that of her acoustic works created in close collaboration with musician-accomplices from all horizons, bringing an additional relational dimension to a music that had been built up until then in solitary.

Throughout her life, Eliane Radigue has developed a probing, demanding and inspiring body of work which today influences a whole new generation of musicians.

François J. Bonnet

Ph credit: Eléonore Huisse

François J. Bonnet is a Franco-Swiss composer, writer and theoretician based in Paris. He’s been a member of INA GRM since 2007 and became its director in 2018. He has published several books : The Order of Sounds, The Infra-World, After Death (Urbanomic) and The Music To Come(Shelter Press). He’s the co-editor of the SPECTRES book series (Shelter Press) and the Recollection GRM and Portraits GRM record series (Editions Mego). He also produces radio shows for France Musique. His music, often presented as Kassel Jaeger, has been played in renowned venues and festivals all over the world.

Eléonore Huisse

Ph credit: François J. Bonnet

Eléonore Huisse is a french cinematographer and photographer based in Paris, France. She studied at renowned film school Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière. Her work, focused on contemplation and captures of auratic moments, has been screened in few places such as Whitney Museum of American Art, MaerzMusik/Berliner Festspiele, Public Access in NYC and Institut Français d’Athènes.

Shiva Feshareki

Shiva Feshareki (1987) is a British-Iranian composer, artist and turntablist, described as the most cutting-edge expression of turntablism. Over the last decade, she has been a pioneer at the leading edge of both contemporary classical and electronic & dance music scenes. She holds a Doctorate of Music in composition from the Royal College of Music (2017), and is winner of the BBC Young Composer’s Award (2004), The Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize (2009) and the Ivor Novello Award for Innovation (2017).

Louise Gray

Louise Gray (Louise Marshall) is a writer for The Wire specialising in experimental music. She also lectures in Sound Art at the University of the Arts London She has written extensively on Éliane Radigue. She is also a trustee for eavesdropping, a series and symposium dedicated to new music.

Jo Hutton

Jo has worked as a recording engineer for radio and music since 2000. She is also a sound designer/composer of experimental music and sound art and her work has been heard at the Museum of London, Tate Modern, BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, and WDR Berlin. She completed her PhD on the work of electroacoustic experimental composers Beatriz Ferreyra, Eliane Radigue, Delia Derbyshire and Teresa Rampazzi, focussing on their methods for creating new electronic sound material in the analogue studios of the 1960s and 1970s. She is a regular reviewer for The Wire and Electronic Sound.

Robin Mackay

Robin Mackay is director of Urbanomic, a publisher of contemporary philosophy, and has written widely on philosophy and contemporary art, translated a number of important works of French philosophy, and instigated collaborative projects with numerous artists.

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