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About Igor Wakhevitch
Composer
Biography


Press Review

« … a truly successfull, well finished album. Far above the current standard of production of electronic music of the spheres »

Philippe Adler
« L’EXPRESS » (Sept. 1979)

« Igor Wakhevitch’s electronic music is constructed in a more complex and rigorours way than any of the piece chosen so far by Carolyn Carlson. The whole creates a dream theatre in which music throbs like a gigantic heart. The colorful sonorities carry you away into another world »
Pierre Lartigue
« L’HUMANITE »


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« Be to the world as the lion in fearlessness and lordship, as the camel in patience and service, as the cow in quiet, forbearing & maternal beneficience. Revel on all the joys of God as a lion over its prey, but bring also all humanity into that infinite field of luxurious ecstasy to wallow there and to pasture »

Sri Aurobindo
(Thoughts and Aphorisms)

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About Igor Wakhevitch

Igor Wakhevitch is a french composer and classical pianist who has worked in many musical directions, always sensitive to new ways of expressing sonic sound constructions. In different contexts, he explored the acousmatic approach of processed sounds but also occasionaly dissipates this compositional form into psych rock aesthetic. Igor Wakhevitch's musical universe is a very complex and holistic interaction of sound worlds. His musical background is heavily influenced by contemporary avant-garde, dodecaphonism and sound experimentations. At the end of the 60’s, he notably worked with the « Group of Musical Research » (French National Radio, ORTF) under the guidance of Pierre Schaeffer, a famous visionnary musicologist, one of the father of the electronic music with Edgar Varese.

« Logos » (1970), « Athanor » (1971), « Nagual » (1975), « Let’s Start » (1978) reveals pretty excellent spectral forms and modulations which concentrates the listener in seriously profound, immersive mentalscapes. A few pieces contain rocking, spaced out instrumentations in the genre of cosmic krautrock classics ; during this early period, Igor Wakhevitch was also a great friend of Robert Wyatt and Mick Ratledge, David Allen, the legendary leaders of the british psychedelic rock band, the « Soft Machine » and met privately several times the « Pink Floyd » in Paris and in Saint-Tropez (Igor’s birth place in south of France), having with them regular encounters and discussions about Igor’s music and music at large. Published in 1973, the sumptuous « Hathor » marks a turning in Igor Wakhevitch’s personal career. It was recorded after he met and started to work with the american composer Terry Riley (the father of minimalism theory in music, with Phil Glass, La Monte Young, Steve Reich).
« Hathor », « Let’s Start », are works deeply impregnated by magical and tellurical elements. In 1974, the surealist painter genius Salvador Dali asked Igor Wakhevitch to compose the music of his opera-poem in six parts : « Être Dieu » (To Be God).

From 1977 till 2002, Igor settled in India in the state of Tamil-Nadu ; during his long stay in India he composed several commissioned works for Auroville on the stage of the « Sri Aurobindo Auditorium » and for the « Goethe Institute-Max Mueller Bhavan » ; Igor has been invited several time by Dr. Jamshed Bhaba as a guest artist of the National Center of Performing Arts in the city of Mumbai. Igor Wakhevitch's last compositions and new coming albums are largely reserved to theatre, opera performances, epic electronic pieces for straight meditative synthezisers and orchestrations. All Igor Wakhevitch's career provides a subliminal collection of experimental electronic recordings. Igor Wakhevitch (Igor ji) has developed over the years mutual friendship and professional relationship (as artist agent and director of « Teental Recitals ») with some of the greatest maestros of Indian Classical Music : Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Rajan and Sajan Misra, Gundecha Brothers, including the most talented in the new generation of Indian classical musicians : S. Shashank, Subhra Guha, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Raul Sharma, Purbayan Chatterjee, Rakesh Chaurasia, Niladri Kumar, not forgetting the most famous tabla maestros of India, as Pandit Subhankar Banerjee, Pandit Yogesh Samsi, Pandit Vijay Ghate, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and many others also of great fame and talent. « Igor ji » has organized in Europe (particularly in Paris and Switzerland, Spain, Italy) many recitals of Indian Classical Music and concerts of the legendary maestros of India (see the names above) in some of the most prestigious concert halls and festivals, Madrid International Jazz Festival, Salle Pleyel, Theatre de la Ville, Cité de la Musique, Musée du Quai Branly, etc. He also presented a Bollywood Show in Paris at the National Concert Hall of Paris « Cité de la Musique » : « Bollywood Flash-Back » (Bollywood Dreams) directed by Terence Lewis (Shiva Aka).

Invited several times to perform his music at the Tata Theatre (Mumbai), Igor Wakhevitch worked a lot with famous dancers and choreographers of the « National Opera of Paris » : Carolyn Carlson, Olivier Patey, Elisabeth Platel (Prima Ballerina), Jean-Christophe Paré, Norbert Schmucki, Rhina Schenfeld (Prima Ballerina of the « Batsheva Dance Company », Israel) : invited personally by Mrinalini Sarabhai to visit her in Ahmedabad, Igor was also a very close friend of late barathanatyam famous dancer and choreographer Chandralekha (Chennai) and many other great Indian Classical Dancers, receving also at the occasion of a private visit the blessings and darshan of the legendary kathak dancer guruji Birjhu Maharaj in Kolkata.

In 1991, Igor had the privilege to encounter the Dalaï-Lama in Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) for a private audience in His Holiness residence : Igor was the first to invite in Paris the « Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts » and organized as the producer of the show ninety days of representations at the Renaud-Barrault « Theatre du Rond-Point », one of the best theatre in Paris.

In 1989, the Prime Minister of India, Sri Rajiv Gandhi, sent an official letter to Igor to congratulate him for his music : « … your music which reflect the deep commitment to peace and human brotherhood to which you are so ardently devoted », your sincerely, Rajiv Gandhi.



Short biography

IGOR WAKHEVITCH started his career as a brilliant student of the "Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique" of Paris, the French most famous musical school.

At the age of 17 years only, he achieved the rare distinction of being unanimously awarded by the prestigious First Prize in Classical Piano and two years later the First Prize in Musical Analysis and Esthetics.

This spectacular student (under the guidance of Maestro Herbert von Karajan and Maestro Igor Markevitch, the prestigious symphonic orchestra conducters) was invited to join the "Analysis Class" of the great composer Olivier MESSIAEN universally acclaimed for his very innovative music, technics of composition in term of rythmes, harmony, orchestration, and the use of song birds in his music, and as having nurtured the most celebrated names in modern music, as Pierre Boulez, Iannis Xenakis, Edgar Varese, etc.

Mutual esteem between "guruji" and his student was evident in their frequent tours together, Igor playing on the piano some of the most difficult pieces of Messiaen, for example, "The Catalogue of Birds Songs" composed for piano.

However, with the passage of time, Igor abandoned his career as a pianist virtuoso to devote himself to musical composition. As a "pionner" of electronic music during the 70' he made important contribution in favour of a synthesis between symphonic and electronic music, sometimes even introducing rock music in his works.

In 1973 he visited India for the first time. This trip proved to be the turning point in his life. During the past forty years, "Igor ji" devoted himself to Indian Culture and secular tradition and was praised for his achievements and contributions by some of the greatest musicians of India, as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra, the Gundecha Brothers, etc.

As Prime Minister in charge of the Government of India, Sri Rajiv Gandhi sent to Igor in May 1989 an official letter to congratulate him for his music: "devoted to the highest values of spirituality and its great commitment to human brotherhood".

ETUDES
1958 - 1965 : Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris
Premier Prix (à l'unanimité du jury)Classe de Piano.(Professeur : Madame Lucette Descaves)
Premier PrixClasse d'Analyse Musicale et d'Esthétique(Professeur : Maître Olivier MESSIAEN)
Premier AccessitClasse d' Ensemble Instrumental(Professeur : Maître Jacques Février)
Premier PrixClasse de Déchiffrage (lecture à vue)
(Professeur : Madame Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux)
Première Prix Classe de Solfège spécialiséProfesseur : Madame Berthe Duru-Delacour)
1968 - 1969 : Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l'Office de Radio Télévision Francaise
Formation aux techniques Electroacoustiques pour composition musicale et enregistrement sonore Professeurs : Pierre Schaeffer, Francois Bayle, Guy Rebel


comme Compositeur
"Arachnea" Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Paris Grand Théâtre / Genève Chorégraphie Norbert Schmucki
"Athanor"Palais de Chaillot TNP, Jean Vilar / Paris et plus de deux cent représentations dans le monde entier.
Chorégaphie Norbert Schmucki, "pas-de-deux" créé pour Wilfrid Piollet Danseuse Etoile, Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris Jean Guizerix, Danseur Etoile,Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
"Logos"Festival d'Avignon / France (ballet et solistes, étoiles)
Chorégaphie Norbert Schmucki, Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
"Ergonia"Festival d'Avignon, Cour d'Honneur du Palais des Papes - France Chorégraphie Norbert Schmucki Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris (ballet et solistes, étoiles)
"Aor"Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris (commande du Ministère de la Culture) Chorégraphie Norbert Schmucki Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris Séquences électroacoustiques originales Jean-Michel Jarre Orchestre Symphonique de l'Opéra sous la Direction de Boris de Vinogradov.
""Les Fous d'Or"Paris - Théâtre de la Ville Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson
"This"Paris - Théâtre de la Ville Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson
"This and That"Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris (commande de Rolph Lieberman) Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson et Groupe de Recherches Théâtrales de l'Opéra de Paris
"This"Paris - Théâtre de la Ville Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson
"The Other"Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris (commande de Rolph Lieberman) Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson et Groupe de Recherches Théâtrales de l'Opéra de Paris
"Human Called Being"Festival International de Shiraz-Persepolis en présence effective de Sa Majesté Impériale la Chabanouh Farah Palhavi Impératrice d'Iran Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson et G.R.T.O.P.
"The End"Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris (commande de Rolph Lieberman) Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson et Groupe de Recherches Théâtrales de l'Opéra de Paris
"Threads"Festival de Jérusalem / Israël Jérusalem / Tel-Aviv / Haïfa Guest Artist de la Fondation Mishkenot Sha'Hananim / Jerusalem, Israël Chorégraphie, Solo de Rina Schenfeld (Batsheva Dance Company Prima Ballerina) et Paris - Théâtre de la Ville
"... of Remembrance"Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord / Paris - Chorégraphie de Peter Morin, Danse solo Peter Morin et Carolyn Carlson
"Probable Paysage"Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris Chorégraphie Jean-Christophe Paré Danseur Etoile de l'Opéra de Paris
"L'Orso e la Luna"Teatro de la Fenice Venezia / Italy Chorégraphie Carolyn Carlson
"The Winds of Shiva"Tata Theatre Mumbai - India "East-West Dance Encounters" National Center of Performing Arts and Max Mueller Bhavan-Gothe Institute Chorégraphie Uttara Coorlawalla
"Echo and Narcissus"Tata Theatre Mumbai - India "East-West Dance Encounters 2 " National Center of Performing Arts Max Mueller Bhavan Gothe Institute Chorégraphie Ileana Citaristi Odissi dance
"Hilda Muramer"Histoire Extraordinaire d'Edgar Poë Mise en scène : Jacques Treboutat, Télévision Française France 2 (ex-Antenne2)
"Memoria"Télévision Française France 2 (ex-Antenne2) Frédéric Lodeon, violoncelle solo et Eve Brenner, soprano Chorégraphie Jean-Marc Torrès, avec Dominique Khalfouni, Danseuse Etoile du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
"Ahata-Anahata"Commande de la Fondation Alain Daniélou Rome Italie Rituel Shivaïte pour bande électroacoustique composée pour le " Semantic", clavier électronique microtonal conçu par Alain Daniélou
"The Girl of Sixteen"(Dashavatara) Choregraphy by Olivier Patey, duet of dance performed by Olivier Patey - first dancer of the National Opera of Paris - and Elisabeth Platel (Prima Ballerina of the National Opera of Paris) - Sri Aurobindo Auditorium Auroville - Tata Theatre Mumbai India
"HARICHENDRA" Drama written, play and directed by K. Parthasarathy and participation of the "Auroville Youth World Theatre" Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Auroville, World Creation for the celebrations of the year 2000


Comme Producteur-Directeur Artistique
1971 - 1972Barclay Records Paris
1972 - 1974Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Records / Paris France WEA Filipacchi Music


Comme Programmateur
1970 - 1971 Europe n° 1 / engagé par Lucien Morisse
1972France Inter Paris


Comme Chroniqueur Journaliste
1974-1976 - "Journal des Jeunes Telespectateurs" (JJT) Antenne 2 (France 2) - "Un sur Cinq" Emissions produites par Armand Jammot Antenne 2 (France 2)


Discographie
"Logos"EMI
"Dr. Faust"EMI
"Les Fous d'Or"EMI
"Hathor"ATLANTIC Records
"Nagual"EMI
"Let's Start"EMI
"Etre Dieu"("To Be God") UNIVERSAL Records
Opéra-Poème en six parties de Salvador DALI Dans le rôle de Salvador Dali : Salvador DALI, avec Delphine Seyrig, Alain Cuny, Raymond Gérôme, Catherine Allegret, Didier Haudepin Eve Brenner, Soprano Solo, dans le rôle d' "Anne de Bretagne, Reine de France" Percussion soliste : Sylvio Gualda Ensemble Orchestral et Chours de l'Opéra de Paris Direction : Boris de Vinogradov Enregistré dans les studios EMI à Boulogne Billancourt (France)


Autres
Producteur du Spectacle "Danses et Chants du Tibet Millénaire": présente pour la première fois en Europe "The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts" sous le Patronage de Sa Sainteté le XIVème Dalaï-Lama du Tibet, Théâtre du Rond-Point "Renaud-Barrault", Paris (pendant deux mois) Festival de Chateauvallon France Malaga Dance Festival et Huelva Grand Theatre / Espagne