Cylene Suisse Redux documents François J. Bonnet and Stephen O'Malley's Switzerland tour in December 2019, following the release of their first album, Cylene, whose material is re-worked by Jim O'Rourke
and Ryoji Ikeda.
The two musicians chose to entrust sound material recorded on the tour to the expert ears of two friends and great musicians Jim O'Rourke and Ryoji Ikeda, giving them carte blanche, and each in turn chose a distinct personal approach. For Ryoji Ikeda, it was a question of finding a moment, circumscribing a fragment of time through his listening, with minimal intervention. For Jim O'Rourke, on the other hand, the live recordings became material to be deconstructed and reassembled, to tell, according to his musical sensibility, a path of metamorphosis for Bonnet and O'Malley's music.
Cylene Suisse Redux is a prismatic substrate of a series of concerts surrounded by friendship, lakes, mountains, and by nightfall.
François J. Bonnet is a Franco-Swiss composer and electroacoustic musician based in Paris. In addition to being director of INA GRM, editor of Spectres
, and of the Portraits GRM
and Recollection GRM
he is also a writer and theoretician.
As a musician, Bonnet often works under the project name Kassel Jaeger
. He has been collaborating with artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Giuseppe Ielasi
, Stephan Mathieu
, Stephen O'Malley
, Jim O'Rourke
, Akira Rabelais
or James Rushford
. Kassel Jaeger's works are a complex balance between concrète experimentalism, ambient noise, and electroacoustic improvisation. He has released several albums on various labels such as Editions Mego
, Shelter Press
, Black Truffle
, Senufo Editions, Latency… His music has been played in renown venues and festivals all over the world such as Whitney Museum of American Art (US), Super Deluxe (JP), Atonal (DE), Accademia Chigiana (IT) Harvard Museum of Natural History (US), CTM (DE), SFEMF (US), El Nicho (MX), Ultima (NO), Elevate (AT) Madeiradig (PT), Donau Festival (AT)…
See also Kassel Jaeger
Stephen O'Malley (born in 1974 in Seattle, lives and works in Paris) is a composer and musician. O'Malley's multifaceted, multidisciplinary interests intersect on many levels. He has been involved in hundreds of concerts and performances around the world over since 1993. O'Malley is a founding member of several groups and a frequent collaborator of many outsider musicians, artists and composers in various formations, in concert and studio settings. Wildly prolific, His oeuvre is defined by its remarkable breadth and complexity and includes collaborations with a wide range of musicians, including Scott Walker, Merzbow
, Jim O'Rourke
, Keiji Haino
, Mats Gustafsson, Peter Rehberg
, James Plotkin, Z'EV
, and Oren Ambarchi
; French choreographer and theater director Gisèle Vienne
; author Dennis Cooper
; contemporary composers Iancu Dumitrescu, Roger Tessier, Eyvind Kang and Alvin Lucier
; Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov; American sculptor Banks Violette; Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari
; Luxembourg's filmmaker artists Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert
; Swiss artist Emily Ding; American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch; Fashion designer Rick Owens; Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop; and many others.