Red Gallery and Noise of Art present French Touch - An exhibition of French electronic Music
Open to members of the public, tonight’s pre-launch event will feature a panel discussion on the unique contribution that France has made to electronic music.
The night begins with an extremely rare UK live performance in the Kamio Bar by French electronic pioneer Jean-Jacques Birgé and an exclusive showing of Paris/ Berlin.
Pioneering musician and composer Jean-Jaques Birgé started making electronic music when he was only 13-years-old in 1965, was one of the first live synthesiser players in France and is credited with re-introducing live film scores in the 1970s.
Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno: tells the story of two European techno cities, from secret Parisian parties to Berlin’s infamous Berghain club. It documents the underground movement through the stories of the DJs, producers, label managers, promoters, record shops and other people that created the scene.
The panel will feature photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition, the founder of Chateau Perché, a French electronic music and art festival, and Professor Martin James, the journalist that first coined the term “French touch... in a 1996 Melody Maker column” (The Guardian).
The panel will be followed by DJ sets from Ben Osborne and the exhibition will be open for viewing all night.
About the Panel:
- Olivier Degorce has been documenting the French electronic club scene since its inception in the late Eighties. As well as being a photographer, he also produced music for such seminal French labels as Prozak.
- Edouard Hartigan is young photographer who has been filming the new wave of electronic music sweeping through France - epitomised by musicians such as Jacques. Although part of a new wave, Hartigan’s passion is sparked by the music’s history and its characters, such as Jack de Marseille, who he cites as the main reason he began documenting the scene.
- Johann Bouché-Pillon is an artist and photographer based in Paris, whose work appears in publications such as Dazed , Vice , Pitchfork, Purple and Les Inrocks. His style utilises aesthetics based on performance and abstractions resulting in conceptual pieces.
- Stephane Jourdain is a journalist and the author of ‘French Touch - An Electro Epic’ (available in French only). He is a writer with Nouvel Observateur. Passionate about electro music, he has long animated the ‘Nights’ pages of the weekly Zurban. He is also the author of Generation Chirac, generation volée (Denoël).
- Jean-Jacques Birgé is a Composer, filmmaker, multimedia author, sound designer and writer. He wrote his first electronic track in 1965, was the founder of the GRRR Records and was one of the first live synthesizer players in France from 1973 onwards. He was the precursor of the return of the cinema-concert in 1976, composes for Symphonic orchestras, and improvises freely with musicians from all genres. From 1995 onwards, he became one of the most fashionable sound designers of multimedia and interactive music composition in France.
- Sammy El Zobo and Etienne Castelle are the founders of Chateau Perché, a young electronic festival that hops between often semi abandoned mountian-top castles in central France. It seeks to bring non mainstream music, usually only available in city basements, to unusual and visually stunning surroundings.
- Professor Martin James is credited with coining the term ‘French Touch’. He is the professor of Music Industries at Southampton Solent University and author of 'State of Bass: Jungle – The Story So Far' (1997) and 'French Connections: From Discotheque to Discovery' (2002). Prior to becoming a lecturer in 2004, Martin was an internationally published music critic who worked on the editorial teams of some of the UK’s leading music magazines. His other books about music include biographies of The Prodigy and Dave Grohl.
- Ben Osborne is the founder of Noise, music writer, exhibition co/curator and DJ.
This exhibition is being produced by Red gallery and Kamio and in association with Ben Osborne of Noise.
Film Screening: Paris/Berlin: 20 Years of Underground Techno
Directed by Amélie Ravalec
- Olivier Degorce (Photographer),
- Edouard Hartigan (Photographer),
- Stephane Jourdain (Photographer)
- Jean-Jacques Birgé (musician and composer),
- Sammy El Zobo (Director, Chateau Peché Festival, France),
- Professor Martin James (Solent University)
- David McKenna (French Music Export Office)
- host Ben Osborne (Noise of Art)
- also in attendance
- Johann Bouché-Pillon (Photographer and artist)
- Etienne Castelle (Director, Chateau Peché Festival, France)
Red Gallery/ Kamio Bar, 1-3 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DT
Free Entry but you must register for a ticket