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PIERRE BASTIEN: SILENT MOTORS

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Discretion: it's the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Pierre Bastien, although he is an internationally active French musician since 40 years now. From free improvisation and the inventive jazz scene to electronic circles, Pierre Bastien is a musician and an artist whose unique creative grid gives him the liberty of working at the edge of different scenes.

The music device of Pierre Bastien, articulated around traditional instruments, engines, objects and paper, is at the crossroads of scholarly and popular music. Scholarly because the territory of Pierre Bastien is first of all a literary one, fed by surrealism and every literature which, from André Breton to Raymond Roussel, from poems drawn by Francis Picabia to the imaginary countries of Henri Michaux, operates in its own way a reversal of reality. But also popular, because the instrumental tunes taking place there and the poetic spaces thus opened, relate to the part of childhood wonder, from traditional African music to primitive jazz of Joe King Oliver, passing by musical gestures by artists such as Moondog, peculiar and outstanding.

Pierre Bastien’s concerts and installations, organised around traditional instruments, miniature and fragile machinery, as well as shadows, images and superpositions, are at the crossroads of scholarly and popular music, offering a space of visualisation.

For Eppur si muove, Pierre Bastien will show his new set, ‘Silent motors’ organising paper instruments (organs, flutes...), machines and musicians of the past in the form of video images, in a poetic and delicate world.

Entrance fee to Mudam: 7€

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