Philippe Bodin is a square. Ill-at-ease with the real world, he aims at becoming a Platonic solid by concentrating inward and thus achieving some sort of three-dimensionality (or more if the spirit of Calabi-Yau is with him). Helped by his myopia, his short attention span and armed with three chords, he plunges into his inner world and submits his various sources of inspiration – such as the poetry of Henri Michaux, 60s jazz, the procedures of the Franco-Flemish school or those of African music – to pataphysical manipulations in order to obtain a music simultaneously highly personal and strangely universal. Or so he hopes.
His work, recognized with awards from the Lutoslawski International Competition (Warsaw 2005), the Homage to Mozart Competition (Moscow 2006), the Mario Bernardo Angelo Comneno Competition (Rome 2006), and the Brave New Works Competition among others, has been commissioned by the Barlow Endowment, the Argosy Foundation, the Utah Arts Festival, the Eroica, Kungsbacka, Mojave and Mannes trios, the Chamber Ensemble Left Coast, the Orkest de Volharding, and performed on Los Angeles’s Monday Evening Concerts, St. Luke’s Second Helpings, and the Sonic Boom, Sounds French and Asia Pacific Festivals.
A CD with his solo piano cycle Inner Banners is forthcoming on Albany Records. Prior to his incarnation as a composer, he studied mathematics, physics, piano, organ, dance, and architecture in his native France, and had a career as an operatic baritone under the batons of Myung-Whun Chung, Philippe Herreweghe and Marc Minkovski.
“… an original composer with something important to say…” LA Weekly
Affiliations: ASCAP, SACEM
Official Site: http://philippebodin.com
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