Thursday, January 2, 2014

Jean-Luc Guionnet

Jean Luc Guionnett


Jean Luc Guionnett

My musical work subdivides itself into as many ways as occasions arise for me to think and act with sound. Those occasions have always to do with a strong meeting with an outside element : an instrument (saxophone/organ), a theoretical idea (what is "rumour" ?), and mainly a collaborating friend (Edward Perraud, Éric La Casa, Pascal Battus, …) ... 

There then follows a collection of heteroclite themes which, in turn, influence the evolution of the musical work and define the direction of meetings to come : the thickness of the air, the pidgin (language with neither grammar nor vocabulary), the musical instrument considered as affective automaton, listening dark unto itself, the algebra of and in hearing, sound as a signature of space, signature of objects, signature of what it is not... the fact that French uses the same word – le temps – for time and weather, propagation and spread of forms in time etc. Music is, then, a way to test reality through its own artistic protocol and bring the truth of common sense, on which music is often built, to a critical point. 

Conversely, it’s a test whose experience defines a new distribution of the whole body by artificially localizing it in an unknown and purely physical environment, all the while being able to think, count, make relations or understand places, and so forth. The emotion I look for in music is made out of all these strata and the (more or less easy) sliding of one over the other during the act of listening.