“Ludi” Project for live performance
Chassol is a composer with an atypical background and equally unique composition methods. Combining documentary film and musical composition, he captures his encounters with a camera, edits the footage into visual motifs onto which he adds his own chord sequences. He calls this method "ultrascoring."
"We go out and film places and people... They talk to us. Every sound in the camera becomes musical raw material. I make loops of the images, stretch them, lengthen them... Then I sew the movie together with the chords".
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.
Chassol has three albums/films to his credit: Nola Chérie, using footage shot in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Indiamore, a journey on the banks of the Ganges in India, and finally Big Sun, a bewitching tribute to his native island of Martinique.
Chassol has toured internationally in support of Indiamore and Big Sun. His band has performed both in France and abroad, notably in Japan, Lithuania, Brazil, Cuba, India, Turkey, Norway, England, Italy, Spain and Portugal, including such prestigious concert halls as Paris' La Philharmonie, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie and Lille's Le Nouveau Siècle.
In late 2017, Chassol played a series of concerts in the United States, opening for American singer Solange at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and at Berkeley's Greek Theater.
In 2018, touring will continue with further dates in France and a return visit to the United States, with appearances headline in Central Park at New York City's Summer Stage Festival and in Los Angeles. Several concerts are also planned in Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain and Japan.
NEW PROJECTS FOR 2019
Chassol’s newest project, Ludi is a musical film inspired by the novel The Glass Bead Game by German author Hermann Hesse. It uses documentary film and animation techniques as well as special effects. Ludi is about play, time and music as experienced by human beings and animals. Shot on location around Tokyo and Paris, the project will be released in early 2019.
The LUDI tour will commence in the 2019-20 season.