Musical composition - Villa Medici x Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Residency

Rémi Fox

Rémi Fox

20/02/2023 / 20/03/2023
Start of residency 20/02/2023
End of residency 20/03/2023

Rémi Fox is a saxophonist, improviser, composer and artistic director of numerous creations in which experimentation and the search for new forms play an important role. He graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with a Master’s degree in the jazz and improvised music department, a Prize in the generative improvisation department and a Performer’s Diploma. He graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon with a Certificat d’aptitude aux fonctions de professeur de musique. Rémi Fox is a teacher at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt and at the Pôle Supérieur de Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (Improvisation and Musical Creation).  He performs throughout the world – in solo and in various ensembles – confronting his music with other arts. From this desire came creations with theatre, dance, cinema, visual and digital arts. He has developed his work during residencies at the Cité Musicale-Metz, the Ateliers Médicis, Ircam, the Cirque Électrique, the Association Tournesol – Artistes à l’Hôpital and the Villa Médicis – Académie de France in Rome.

Project at Villa Medici :

Rémi Fox will compose a work for saxophone and electronic effects triggered in real time. The composition will mix written and improvised music and will include sound recordings made at the Villa Medici, at the Isabella Scelsi Foundation and in the city of Rome. In connection with this writing work, he will develop an acoustic spatialization device for the needs of the presentation of the work in the theatre. The sounds will circulate from one corner of the space to another, creating a real sound dramaturgy.

“We must go to the heart of sound”, the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi told us. Since their discovery, these words have not ceased to resonate through the saxophonist, to the point of constituting the starting point of his creative work. It is in this sense that he wishes to compose a suite of musical pieces inspired by Scelsi’s creative process. The Italian composer recorded his improvisations on magnetic tapes, then entrusted the transcription to collaborators who worked under his direction. These tapes are kept at the Isabella Scelsi Foundation in Rome. Listening to and discovering these improvisations was an invaluable source of inspiration for the development of Rémi Fox’s work.

His sound experiments and improvisations will be recorded in their entirety, as Giacinto Scelsi did. As far as writing is concerned, it will not be a matter of transcribing these recordings onto a score, but of creating a real link between “ephemeral writing” – improvisation – and “lasting writing” – composition.

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