Composer: Valentin Kervadec
In this first instalment of the Kosmos Series, we are asked to ponder the question: what is our place in the Universe? Are we specks of matter drifting aimlessly across space, or are we maybe made for a more mystical and distant purpose?
Based upon the foundational work of pre-socratic philosophers, this piece conjures up the idea of a world filled with natural phenomena that are all linked within one cosmology. As it is building patterns of notes on top of each other, so is the universe made up of winds, rains, clouds, and beings, all connected the same way, their existence being tightly intertwined.
This presupposition may be exemplified by the Butterfly Effect, but the Ionian philosopher was one of the first to conclude beings were all linked in a perfect ever-evolving cycle, coming out of earth and then going back to earth.
The cosmological concepts exposed here are reproduced in the piece, as its introduction builds and creates the musical skeleton undergirding the whole rhythmic and melodic structure of the next two parts. And according to Anaximander, it is under one sky, one God, that all living beings are connected and share the same condition: to look at the heavens and wonder where they come from.
Marimba (5. Octave)
About the composer +
A multi-talented musician, Valentin Kervadec has been studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in Gilles Durot's percussion class since 2020.
Naturally interested in the plurality of instruments, he has developed a passion for composition since he was very young.
His repertoire includes dozens of pieces ranging from string quartets to brass bands, with an important place dedicated to piano and percussion, instruments for which he has a particular interest.
Nourished by a variety of artistic worlds that enhance a true creativity, his writing is determined by an inspiration for jazz, electronic and minimalist music.
Always faithful to his core training as a classical musician, Valentin is also invited to play with formations such as the Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Paris or the Orchestre National de France.
Front Cover graphics and layout: Nicola Lee
Photo: Ewen Kervadec
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