Elyl & Tap
Composer: Emmanuel Séjourné
Instrument: Marimba and Tape
This work is a very modest tribute to pianist Lyle Mays (who passed away too soon) and guitarist Pat Metheny. Inseparable traveling companions, they have, since my adolescence, nourished my imagination and my writing. Their incredible precision and rhythmic complexity do not prevent superb lyrical flights, just as the complexity of some of their compositions in no way hinders their relaxation and the apparent ease of playing. I think that many "difficult contemporary" pieces should be played with this feeling.
I deliberately wrote few dynamics, leaving a certain freedom to the instrumentalist who must know how to melt or must know how to come out as a soloist at the right times, depending on the adjustment of the diffusion of the accompaniment.
A big thank you to Edition Svitzer for their trust and a big thank you to Adelaide Ferrière who is the dedicatee and who will not fail to play this work with her panache and her beautiful energy.
Marimba and Tape
About the composer +
Emmanuel Séjourné is a musician of international renown who leads a triple career as a composer, percussionist and teacher. His career ranges from classical music to improvised music. He has been awarded prizes for Best Music for Drama at the Festival d’Avignon, the Prix de l’Academie du Disque Français, as well as the Repertoire Prize, awarded by the French Music Publishers, for his composition Khamsin. He participates in the CD the Concert of the guitarist Friedemann for wich he wins German Jazz Award Gold.
His music is rythmic, romantic, energetic, inspired both by the Western classical tradition and by popular culture (jazz, rock, extra-Européan). His Concertos for percussion are a great success, whether for vibra and strings (1999) as his double-concerto for vibra, marimba & symphonic orchestra. His concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, commissioned and performed by Bogdan Bacanu, has since 2005 become an major work of the marimba repertoire, played more than 700 times with orchestra.
Far from being limited to the world of percussion Emmanuel Séjourné also composed many pieces for symphonic orchestra (Ketsana) as well as chamber music (commissioned by the Paris Opera and the Contrastes duet) as well as pieces for choir (commissioned by INECC Europeen Institut for Choir). Fascinated with the relations between various forms of artistic expression, he writes music for theater and television. He composed the music for the Ballet du Rhin’s performance les envahisseurs, played during the two thousandth anniversary of the city of Strasbourg, and in 2004, he wrote a musical comedy School Boulevard commissioned by National Theater Luxembourg.
Eager to share and communicate his passion, Emmanuel Séjourné is also Head Teacher of Percussion Department at the Strasbourg Superior Academy of Music & arts and Associate Professor at HEMU Lausanne.
His Master Classes are extremely sucessful all over the world. He is often invited to sit on jurys for numerous international Competition ARD Munich, Geneve, Tromp, Salzburg & Luxembourg. In tribute to his many activities, he is named DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA by the National Academy of Music of Bulgaria.
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Photo: Grégory Massat
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