luc ferrari

Didascalies (and other pieces for viola, piano and memorized sound)

CD jewel case


Last of the three records imagined by Luc Ferrari.

Performed by Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven (piano)
and Vincent Royer (viola).

The story of the last part of a trilogy.
The idea of bringing together Rencontres fortuites, Didascalies and Tautologos III - two recent works for piano, viola and electronics, and one open-ended work - imposed itself at a concert at the Boendael Chapel in Brussels, where Collard-Neven and Royer performed Didascalies, with Ferrari attending.

A few months later, we found ourselves in the legendary Brème studios, having to deal with the waiting, the Tonmeister's mood swings, and Luc, sick, having a hard time with long commutes and schedule changes.
And so the last work was finally developed at La Muse en circuit, the studio Luc already knew so well, in a suburb of Paris. On the 9th of July 2005, we were getting to know the surroundings; Luc, Brunhild and Christophe Hauser were already there. The
musicians were on a train back from a concert in Germany. While waiting for them to arrive, we started filming the empty studio. A film perhaps, and a new album.

We were with Luc in early July 2005, when he was working with Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven and Vincent Royer on what would become his last recorded piece: a new version of Tautologos. We were there, insisting, filming the whole session. Luc: "The tape is 21 minutes long and there are three rules," and the piece got woven, piano and viola breaking down, starting anew in the opposite direction, discreetly stepping out, bandoneon, DX7, building themselves back as the night crept in. The air displacement of books being closed every two and a half minutes...the musicians in the darkness of the studio, absorbed, counting, Luc in the control room, not seeing the scene, simply focused on listening "while making mostly silence..."

A month later, we learned the news.




01 Rencontres fortuites 23'14
02 Tautologos III 21'19
03 Didascalies 15'07

Be aware that it exists a limited edition of Didascalies CD + DVD under the ref SR261