Commissioned of the 7th competition – 2006

Commissioned piece:

Title: Série Noire

Composer: Pierre Jodlowski

This work takes its inspiration from the world of the thriller, more precisely some of its cinematographic variations. In fact, the play is conceived as a space of convergence of several fictions where characters belonging to different films respond to each other, maintaining cross-relationships. As a watermark, a semblance of history seems to weave a trajectory: a man has disappeared, we search for him, we discover him victim of a machination, as if trapped and forever separated from those who love him…

Score excerpt

Pianist writing derives from these “narrative” issues by basing itself on a very concentrated material, made up of three elements:

  • a three-note figure “on appeal”, which opens the piece and indicates transitions (this figure is a kind of signal)
  • very fast groups of chords, weaving chromatic lines, very intense trajectories that fragment or on the contrary tighten in very concentrated gestures
  • chord-colours” in chimes, evocation of an interior space, transitional, as if suspended…

Each element is part of a development process, in direct relation with the soundtrack which evokes moments of high tension, breaks, conversations impossible without a certain humour and a wink to the notion of “cliché”. The omnipresence of voice-overs and referential noises in the soundtrack could make us believe in film music…
In fact, it is quite the opposite, the piece being truly conceived as a “music film”: it is up to everyone to build with their imagination the visions that these sound spaces bring with them.

Note of intent from Pierre Jodlowski
Commissioned by Orléans Concours International for the 7th International piano competition of Orléans

Série Noire by Pierre Jodlowski performed by Wilhem Latchoumia, laureate of the 2006 International piano competition of Orléans:

Composer in the spotlight: Pierre Jodlowski

Pierre Jodlowski is a composer, performer and multimedia artist. His music, often marked by a high density, is at the crossroads of acoustic and electric sound and is characterized by dramatic and political anchor. His work as a composer led him to perform in France and abroad in most places dedicated to contemporary music aswell as others artistic fields, dance, theater, visual arts, electronic music. His work unfolds today in many areas : films, interactive installations, staging. He is defining his music as an “active process” on the physicall level [musical gestures, energy and space] and on the psychological level [relation to memory and visual dimension of sound]. In parallel to his compositions, he also performs on various scenes (experimental, jazz, electronic), solo or with other artists.

Since 1998 he is co-artistic director of éOle (research and production studios based in Odyssud – Cultural center in Blagnac) and Novelum festival in Toulouse (from 1998 to 2014).

Winner of several international competitions, he won the Prix Claude Arrieu SACEM in 2002, the Prix Hervé Dugardin SACEM in 2012, and was in residence at the Academy of the Arts of Berlin in 2003 and 2004. In 2013 he won a Prize awarded by “Académie Charles Cros” for one of his album. In 2015, he is the laureate of The Great Lyceum Prize in France for his piece Time & Money. From 2017 à 2019 he is resident artist in Lux – National Theater in Valence (France). Since 2019, he has become Artistic Director of Musica Electronica Nova Festival, produced by the Philharmonic in Wroclaw, Poland. He received commissions from IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the French Ministry of Culture, Akademie der Künste (Berlin), CIRM, GRM, the Donaueschingen Festival, Radio France, the Piano Competition in Orleans, GMEM, GRAME , Siemens Foundation, the Opera of Toulouse, the European project INTEGRA, the studio EMS – Stockholm, the Royaumont Foundation, Cabaret contemporain, Venice Biennale music festival, Polish Ministry of Culture…

Pierre Jodlowski collaborated with various ensembles such as: intercontemporain (Paris), Ictus (Belgium), KNM (Berlin), the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain (France), MusikFabrik (Germany), the new Ensemble Moderne (Montreal), Ars Nova (Sweden), Proxima Centauri (France), Court-circuit (France), Ensemble Les Éléments (France), the Berg Orchestra (Prague), Soundinitiative (Europe), LUX:NM (Germany) and various soloist from the international contemporary music scene. He also conducted collaborations with musicians such as preferred Jean Geoffroy – percussion, Cedric Jullion – flute, Wilhelm Latchoumia – piano, Philippe Spiesser – percussion, for works and research on new instruments. His work led him to develop collaborations with visual artists, in particular, David Coste for specific projects with video. He also works as a stage designer on several projects at the intersection of theater, installation, concert or oratorio. His works are performed in key places devoted to contemporary sound arts in France, Europe, Canada, China, Corea, Japan and Taiwan and the United States. His works are partly published by Editions Jobert and are the subject of several albums and video recordings on the labels éOle Records, Radio France, Kaïros, Percussions de Strasbourg. He is currently living in France and Poland.

Source: Pierre Jodlowski Website

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