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How to make music with two bugs and an elevator, composer Nissim Schaul reveals

How to make music with two bugs and an elevator, composer Nissim Schaul reveals
 
Composer Nissim Schaul makes new music with Alissa Duryee's old harpsichord RFI/Alison Hird

When he isn’t writing music for bicycle bells on the move, avant-garde music composer Nissim Schaul uses his computer to create new repertoires for Baroque instruments like harpsichord, Baroque violon and viola de gamba.

His debut album New Music for Old Instruments, performed by Baroque ensemble Flying Forms, breathes new life into these 17th and 18th century instruments. It also works with the openness and flexibility of Baroque musicians, their sometimes "unmeasured" repertoire and "nuts and bolts" approach to music.

Schaul and harpsichord player Alissa Duryee talk to RFI about why Baroque and electronic music universes make such good bed-fellows and how Japanese bugs and an elevator gave rise to an 18 minute piece of music.

Alissa Duryee plays Schaul’s music and other Baroque pieces at the album release party on 21 February at La Société de Curiosités, 123 rue de Clignancourt, Paris.


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