“Ludi” Project for live performance
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.
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.