Chassol

IMG_7465_1(C)Flavien Prioreau

Pianist, composer, arranger and musical director for the likes of Phoenix and Sebastien Tellier, the charismatic and talented Christophe Chassol gave birth to an unclassifiable artistic piece. His compositions articulate voices, music, sounds, images onto new audiovisual objects.

The result has a name : «ultrascore».

Born in 1976, Chassol discovered music at the age of four.  Son of an amateur-saxophonist father, this “black kid” joined the Conservatory as  others  join  the  army.    He  would  spend  sixteen  years  there, starting  out  by  learning  harmony,  scales,  and  melody  as  essential illumination for what would follow.  Traumatized at a very tender age by the soundtrack for the film The Towering Inferno, the young Chassol quickly understood that he would not release his first album at 20. No, indeed. His  initial  ambition  was  to  compose  for  the  cinema,  covertly  uniting  sound  and image in order to produce movie music of great elegance in the tradition of Jerry Goldsmith, Michel Magne, and Quincy Jones, among others. In the mid-1990s, Chassol practically disappeared. He headed for darkly-lit movie houses with immediate boarding for fifteen years of composition for the big screen, television, and advertising.

Between advertising jingles, Chassol found the time to become an orchestra conductor from 1994 to 2002 and then discovered the world of pop music while accompanying Phoenix and Sébastien Tellier on Politics (2004), for which the young double of Jean-Michel Basquiat did most of the arrangements.

One of the quirks of such shifts is the confusion they create between the avant-garde and one’s own ambition. As much a disciple of the Minimalist school of music (Steve Reich, John Adams) as he is a passionate enthusiast for pop culture, this Parisian loves to wander off the beaten path, as is shown.

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