Musical Performance: Pop up concert with Fabrizio Cassol and guests, including Amir ElSaffar and Miles Okazaki

Sat, October 14, 2017 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Tickets available at door, $10 general admission

Since 1992, Fabrizio Cassol has dedicated himself entirely to his own musical research as composer and saxophone player. The uniqueness of his work is based on the meetings of cultures (Indian, African, Arab, Balkan, Americans, European), combinations of styles (jazz, contemporary music, folk, classical musics, opera), adaptations of ancient and modern musics with artists coming from different cultural backgrounds.

Fabrizio Cassol studied at the Music Conservatory of Liège (Belgium) from 1983-85, where he received First Prize of Classical Saxophone and a Superior Diploma of chamber music.

From 1984 to1992, Cassol was one of the main saxophone players of Contemporary Music in Belgium performing in a large number of creations by composers such as Henri Pousseur, Jonathan Harvey, Frederic Rzewski, Philippe Boesmans, Claude Ledoux, Marc Patch, Garrett List, Steve Lacy, Vinko Globokar, from solos to concerti with symphony orchestra. He was a member of Musique Nouvelle Contemporary Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège (Belgium) and performed solo concerts at IRCAM, the center of Musical Researches in Paris.

During the same period he developed his own original music, performing in concerts all over Europe and Canada.

In 1992 Cassol founded AKA MOON a trio with Stéphane Galland and Michel Hatzigeorgiou, following a journey in Central Africa with the Aka Pygmies. Since then, the group has performed hundreds of concerts in prestigious venues all over the world, and has recorded 21 CDs, featuring a large number of musicians from Africa, India, USA, Europe, Balkans, and Arab world. A Box with the complete collection of these CDs will be published in October 2017. To name few of the artists whom participated: Master Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman from India, Master Doudou N’Diaye Rose from Senegal, Oumou Sangare and Baba Sissoko from Mali, Ictus Contemporary Music Ensemble, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Marc Ducret, Nedylako Nedyalkov, Mustapha Said, Amir ElSaffar, Prasanna, and jazz american musicians as Joe Lovano, Marc Turner, Robin Eubanks, David Gilmore.

Fabrizio Cassol was artist in residence from 1998 to 2007 at the Opera house of Brussels, De Munt/La Monnaie (director Bernard Foccroulle), from 2007 to 2016, at the KVS (Flamish Royal Theater in Brussels) director Jan Goossens, and from 2011 to 2014 at Royaumont Fondation (Paris).

Since 2015 he is supported by Camargo Foundation, American Foundation of Art in Cassis, in the South of France.

Cassol collaborated as composer with the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaker (Rosas) from 1998 to 2002, producing “In Real Time” and “I Said I,” which toured in the main art venues of Europe, such as Theatre de la Ville in Paris, Burgh Theater in Vienna, and theaters in Hamburg, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Australia. In 2000, Aka Moon participated in the Philippe Boesmans/Luc Bondi opera, Winter Tale, with the conductor Anthony Pappano at Châtelet in Paris, Opera of Brussels, Opera of Barcelona. He also adaptedBoesmans’ opera, Reigen, for 24 musicians and 10 singers in 2003 for the Opera du Rhin (France) with the Canadian director Mathieu Jocelyn, plus various other productions at the Opera of Paris, Swizerland, and Holland. A new version will take place at the Opera of Paris for second time in November, 2017. He is currently participating in the new Boesmans/Pommerat’s Opera, Pinocchio, created in Aix en Provence Lyric festival last July and in September 2017 in De Munt Opera, with upcoming performances in Dijon and Bordeaux.

With the instrument maker François Louis he took part in the invention of the Aulochrome, the first polyphonic wind instrument which can play two chromatic lines independently. In 2002, Philippe Boesmans composed a concerto forCassoland the Aulochrome with SWR Synphonic Orchestra, conducted by Sylvain Cambreling for Radio France of Paris. Other versions of this concerto took place under the direction of Ono Kazushi at Palais des Beaux Arts of Brussels, at Jazz Middleheim (Belgium) and North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland).

Cassol also has a longstanding artistic partnership with renowned stage director Alain Platel. Together, they have created VSPRS (2006, Based on Monteverdi’s Vespers) for a 10-piece band with lyric singers, gypsy and jazz musicians, and baroque ensemble. This work premiered at Theatre de la Ville in Paris, and had more than 100 performances in Europe, Japan, Korea. Other works include Uit a Bol (2006) with 400 singers from all cultures, performed for the opening of KVS in Brussels; PITIE! (2008, based on Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion), which premiered at Ruhrtriennale (Germany); COUP FATAL (2014, a combination of Baroque Music and African music with Congolese performers), which premiered at Burgh Theater of Vienna and was enjoyed immense success at the Avignon festival that year. Since the work has been performed more than 120 times, at Chaillot in Paris, Berliner Festipiele Berlin, Theater Argentina in Roma, Kinshasa, Sadler’s Wells in London, among other venues. The next Platel/Cassolcreation, “REQUIEM pour L,” based on Mozart’s Requiem featuring 15 musicians from South Africa, Congo, Portugal, Tunisia, Belgium, will receive its world premiere in January 2018 in Berlin (Haus der Berliner Festpiele) followed by 90 shows in 2018 throughout Europe.

In 2014 Cassol collaborated with the stage director Brett Bailey (South Africa), in a radical adaptation of Verdi’s Macbeth for 10 South African singers and No Borders Orchestra from Berlin. The work had 80 shows in Europe, South Africa, Argentina, Chili, Korea, USA, Canada, New Zeeland, Australia, including the Festival d’Automne (Paris), Barbican (London), Theater Colon (Buenos Aires), Kunst festival des Arts (Brussels), Opera of Vancouver, Opera of Philadelphia, and Festival of Marseille. In 2002, with DJ Grazzhoppa, they created the first Big Band of 14 DJs, which performed in Holland, France and for the first time in an Opera house concert in 2010 at the Opera De Munt in Brussels.

Other works include:

Le Savali (2010) with the Samoa-Maori artist Lemi Ponifacio for the reopening of the Haus Der Berliner Festipiele in Berlin, with Faustin Linyekula from Congo, and Les Ballets de Lorraine (France).

La Folie d’Eraclès (2010) with Christophe Perton at the Académie Française in Paris.

Aka Moon with 600 young singers (2005), for the Opera of Brussels, Cirque Royal (Brussels) and Place Royal for the King and the Queen of Belgium

Aka Moon with 500 young singers (2007), Oumou Sangare, Claron Mc Fadden, Baba Sissoko, for Aix-en-Provence festival.

Concerto for Violin «Nostalgia of Future» Etienne Abelin (violin) St Polten Orchestra (Vienna)

Concerto Grosso for Cello and Turntable, many versions in Belgium, Bulgaria, Austria.

Orchestral piece «Motion in Emotion» Ono Kazushi, DeMunt Orchestra. (BOZAR Brussels)\

Strings Quartet N°1 (for Quatuor Dannel-Ars Musica Brussels’ festival)

String Quartet N°2 (for Blindman Quatuor)

Strings Sextuor with conductor (for Ictus)

Anima Libera - piano and Viola (Ars Musica Brussels’ festival)

Fabrizio Cassol has served as musical supervisor and teacher since 2015 of the OJM (inter cultural exchanges ) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, which connects musicians from countries surrounding the Mediterranean: Tunisia, Italy, Balkans, Egypt, Syria, Moroco, France, Spain, Portugal, Liban, Palestine, Israel. He has given numerous workshops and masterclasses all over the world at Conservatory of Paris, Royal Academy of London, Conservatory of Jerusalem, Beijing, University of Berlin, Music Academy of Chennai (Madras-India), Music Conservatory of Brussels, Vietnam, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Congo, Colombia, Abbaye of Royaumont, among others.


Alwan for the Arts is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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