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Day by day program / June, 2010


Tristan Murail's signature is of both a remarkably rarity and a distinctive aesthetic, a consequent language that seizes the tonality of the sound phenomena and the transatlantic influence of a composer, professor at Columbia University in New York since 1997.

Tristan Murail enthusiastically caught a glimpse of the genealogical features of spectral writing in the unique work by the Italian composer Giancinto Scelsi: music that uses a continual rather than a discursive process, an oriented and irreversible rather than a chronometric time, a consideration of the pure duration and of the unity of perception… But it is the discovery of electronic and computer means that broadened Murail's style.

His oeuvre includes rhythms, timbres, and harmony, instruments and electronic synthesis and models natural phenomena, their periodicity, and their erosion. This type of formalized "nature" is obvious in the melody of L'Esprit des dunes, inspired by an overtone chant of Tibet or by the wind in the Gobi desert in Mongolia. It will be aquatic, dynamic and fluid; it creates the localized turbulences and dazzling extras of the birdsongs in Serendib. In this mythical name given by Sinbad the sailor to the island of Ceylon, the composer Tristan Murail recognized himself: Serendib, or the happy and unlikely discovery of a far-off topography.