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Michèle Bokanowski ‎– Rhapsodia / Battements Solaires

Michèle Bokanowski‘s art is one of densities, much like the density of a given color, a given depth. Her sound textures are, indeed, profound, both in the space occupied by their frequencies and the sharp temporal trail they leave behind. Here lies the composer’s immense talent that finds the right development for each sound, letting it blossom before altering it, adapting the musical structure to let the sounds ‘be’, even if it sometimes means returning to the most basic form, such as a loop. This is a sign of great honesty and artistic sensitivity; able to stand back and let the music become music. It is the most radical, the most accurate gesture of composition. The two pieces on this record, dissociated in time, both in their approach and destination, nevertheless reflect, each in its own way, Michèle Bokanowski’s highly singular and insightful musical intuition.” —François Bonnet, Paris, 2020.

“Rhapsodia” (two movements and one interlude) is dedicated to Marceline Lartigue. The piece was created in the composer’s own studio; Technical collaboration: Jonathan Prager. “Battements solaires” is music for Patrick Bokanowski‘s film. Produced in the Kira BM Films studios; Production: Kira BM Films with ARTE France and CNC contributions. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi; Cut by Andreas Kauffelt at Schnittstelle, Berlin, November 2020; Translations: Valérie Vivancos; Layout: Stephen O’Malley.