Christophe Chassol studied Piano and Harmony at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris, as well as Philosophy at La Sorbonne and Orchestration and Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Chassol has, over the last ten years, experimented with the entire gamut of contemporary musical genres from classical and jazz to electronic and avant-garde music with strong roots in the American Minimalist tradition of Steve Reich.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist with a particular sensibility for the piano and keyboards, as well as a versatile conductor (he was once Assistant Conductor of the Sofia Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria), Chassol has played with Marianne Spang-Hanssen, Magic Malik and Cécile Daroux among others, created three experimental music ensembles (Supernova, Institut C.O.B.R.A and DASHAA), performed at the New Morning, the Sunset, the Bataclan, the Casino de Paris, La Cigale, La Cité de la Musique and the Centre Georges Pompidou, and toured with Phoenix and Sébastien Tellier in Asia, the U.S. and Europe.

As a composer, Chassol made his first arrangements for Sébastien Tellier (Politics) and Philippe Cohen-Solal (Gotan Project) before composing scores for feature films and television series such as Narco, Le plus beau jour de ma vie, Clara Sheller and Homicides and working with Clément Souchier (Creaminal) and Loik Dury (Kraked).

Chassol has also composed theme music for GAUMONT Film Distribution (followind Bertrand Burgalat and Michel Magne) and TPS Satellite channels. In 2005, Chassol wrote and recorded the 6-volumes album ‘Studiogames' for pianos and machines, in 2006 the album ‘Avtosamples' and in 2007 ‘x-pianos' for infinite pianos and machines.

Since 2005, Chassol has contributed musical compositions to collaborative projects with visual artists such as Xavier Veilhan's ‘Boris et les Sortilèges' and Sophie Calle's Take Care of Yourself for the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007). The (2007-8) Ultrascores and Warm ReSynch video series are Chassol's first solo visual arts projects.

For his latest project he travelled to India, where he filmed street scenes and singers, and used the sounds he collected as the starting point for his own compositions. He cleverly improvises over looped speech passages, and uses the noise of Calcutta traffic as the basis for a gently stomping Indian-influenced jazz-funk workout.

Sunday 16 November 2014
Queen Elizabeth Hall

An adaptation of his film Indiamore accompanied by live score.


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