|PHILHARMONIE : Bling Blang (1987-89)|
As Shylock helped me defining my musical vocation, Philharmonie has been for me as an improvisation and research workshop. Still based on collective composition, our work has been in a large part founded on melodic interplays, Steve Reich's music being the source of this development.
As I was studying composition and harmony at the Nice conservatory, from 1983 to 1987, I was only using philharmonic orchestra instruments in my works: strings, woodwinds, brasses etc... Guitar practicing was limited to classical pieces.
The consequence of these years of abstinence has been a deep frustration of electric guitar sonorities. Therefore, as I was finishing my last year of studies I created Philharmonie, at first made of 5 guitarists: Jean-Philippe Calestrini, Laurent Chalef, Bernard Ros, Alain Sanner and myself.
The first work we undertook was a transcription that I've done for guitars of the Vivaldi concerto in F minor « The Winter » from « The Four Seasons ». Only an exercise actually, because we never performed the piece on stage.
Only four then, we composed the 9 following titles:
|After the first performance in May 89, Jean-Philippe decided to fly away, leaving the group in the form it would take for 4 years.|