With Ludi, acclaimed pianist and composer Christophe Chassol meets designer and animator Gaëtan Brizzi, who was a collaborator and screenwriter for Walt Disney, as well as Director of Animation of the Firebird Suite in the film Fantasia 2000. The project is inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel The Glass Bead Game. Chassol, an artist internationally acclaimed for a personal aesthetic dedicated to research- on music, vocals, visuals-, once again combines piano, drums and images in a perfect balance of poetry and mystery.
French pianist, composer and arranger Christophe Chassol utilizes unique composition methods to create music equally suited for the big screen and the concert hall. His appeal spans the worlds of pop music, film and contemporary art, with a breadth reminiscent of Philip Glass, reimagined for the 21st century. Chassol’s compositions are based on original film footage captured during his travels– in New Orleans, India, Martinique, Paris and Tokyo. This footage serves as a catalyst for musical sequences created with piano, keyboards, percussion as well as vocal and instrumental arrangements that harmonize the sights, sounds and colors of the films. Chassol calls this method “ultrascoring.” Born in 1976, Christophe Chassol entered music academy at age 4 and studied there for 16 years. He secured a grant from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he graduated in 2002. For the next 15 years, he composed for cinema, television and advertising. In subsequent years he performed regularly with French pop artists such as the band Phoenix and Sébastien Tellier. More recently, Chassol has worked with American singers Frank Ocean and Solange, contributing to their respective albums. Chassol is also active in contemporary art, collaborating with artists Sophie Calle, Laurie Anderson and more recently Xavier Veilhan at the Venice Biennale in July 2017. His work Cuba in Cohen, created for the occasion, is currently exhibited at Montréal’s Musée d’Art Contemporain.
Piano, synth, composition: Christophe Chassol
Drum: Matthieu Edouard