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Johan Farjot



For his first monographic CD, Johan Farjot offers a programme of short pieces, for one to eight instruments (New York City, for double saxophone quartet). In this mix of concision and magic, we find the essence of the composer's interests. Perpetuum mobile, ostinatos, imitations, questions and quick responses: for the most part, the pieces on the CD reveal his predilection for a systematic approach. But although he likes symmetry, he likes it just slightly abridged. If he repeats something, it is in order to introduce modifications, however infinitesimal. His clocks are broken, his obsessions are subverted from the interior by delays. If he explores non-modulatory climates, he spices them up with acidic notes. And more generally, if he uses stylistic vocabulary which has already been used by his predecessors, his way of combining it is never conventional. A composer shaped by many influences, he is original in his way of producing an american lifeblood and serving it in a typically french melting pot. When he composes for a group, Farjot writes with a deep knowledge. Not against, but always for the instrument. Hence his predilection for open strings, which enhances string instruments and gives them an ancestral colour; hence also, his tendency to search for digital comfort and orgnanological idiosyncrasy. In all of his pieces, instrumental constraints are an added source of expression, stimulating the imagination. One has the impression that he has adopted as his own this phrase attributed to Oulipo: "liberated constraint".

Karol Beffa


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Childhood 1
Karol Beffa, piano
Haïku 1
Karine Deshayes, mezzo-soprano / David Bismuth, piano

Molly’s Song
Hugues Borsarello, violin / Arnaud Thorette, alto
Antoine Pierlot, cello / Jérôme Ducros, piano

Pater Noster
Paco Garcia and Martin Candela, tenors
Igor Bouin and Olivier Gourdy, barytons
New York City
Ensemble Saxo Voce /  Johan Farjot, conductor /
Thibaut Canaval and Kévin Le Mareuil, soprano saxophones
Mary Osborn and Zephania Lascony, alto saxophones
Anne-Cornélia Détrain and Stéfane Laporte, tenor saxophones
Christophe Boidin and Malo Lintanf, baryton saxophones
Carmen d’escale
Geneviève Laurenceau, violin

Nel mezzo del cammin
Amélie Raison, soprano / Ambroisine Bré, mezzo-soprano
Mathilde Borsarello, violin 1 / Bleuenn Le Maitre, violin 2
Arnaud Thorette, viola / Antoine Pierlot, cello

Haïku 2
Ambroisine Bré, mezzo / Arnaud Thorette, viola
Pierre Génisson, clarinet
Childhood 2
Raphaël Imbert, saxophone / Guillaume Cornut, piano
Sea Shanties
Ensemble Contraste
Arnaud Thorette, alto / Jean-Luc Votano, clarinet / Johan Farjot, piano
Haïku 3
Paco Garcia and Martin Candela, tenors / Igor Bouin and Olivier Gourdy, barytons
Johan Farjot, piano and conductor
Nuit d’Adieu
Arnaud Thorette, alto


Sheet music is available at Klarthe Editions here !


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