Date(s) - 01/12/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The silent film era of the 1900s and 1930s is long forgotten. Some classics failed to withstand the test of time, while others lay ‘dormant’ in film archives around the world.
The Ciné-Concert is a show that combines the love for cinema with that of live music. Films shown on a giant screen are accompanied by musicians playing original compositions live on stage. It is a means of resuscitating silent film repertoires and inviting audiences to discover or rediscover cinematic classics, through a different lens.
Musicians Robert Piéchaud (pianist) and Stan de Nussac (multi-instrumentalist) put forth a proposal to deliver a series of concerts in India, with the support of the French Institute in India (IFI), the network of Alliances Françaises in India (AF India), the Cinémathèque Française (CF) and the National Film Archive of India (NFAI).
The silent films to be showcased in India in December 2023 include a varied selection of films starring the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, as well as productions by René Clair and the renowned Dadasaheb Phalke.
Concert duration : 1h30
Musicians: Robert Piéchaud [Pianist] and Stan de Nussac [Saxophonist]
FREE EVENT | OPEN TO ALL
Claude Helffer’s student of the piano, Gilles Harlé on the organ and Charles Bornstein in orchestration, Robert Piéchaud performs regularly in recitals and often includes his own compositions. Robert Piéchaud writes mainly for chamber training, for voice and piano. Passionate about silent cinema (including Keaton, Chaplin, Linder, Mizoguchi or Ozu), he performs in film-concerts at the Louvre Auditorium (every year since 2014), at the Cinémathèque Française, at the Collège des Bernardins, etc. With the mezzo-soprano Jill McCoy and Stanislas de Nussac, Robert Piéchaud founded the Trio Trans-Atlantismes in 2011. Researcher at the IRCAM, he participated in Bass Holograms (a project by artist Floy Krouchi) in Pune, during his stay in India (January 2020) which, gave him the opportunity for a decisive encounter with Hindustani music.
Among his recent creations or performances: the string septet Métamorphoses on a theme by W. Rihm (commissioned by Radio France 2018), the wind quintet The River (2016, Reykjavik), Aelita (Auditorium du Louvre, 2015), Still (Collège des Bernardins, 2013), The Bagdad Zoo (2012) and Shiloh (2011), numerous studies for piano (including Snow Flurries, 2011). The 2016 Paris Autumn Festival dedicated a monographic concert to him entitled Amerika, where his Wittgenstein-Lieder were created, for voice and ensemble, as well as his transcription for wind quintet and jazz sax of Charles Ives’ Variations on America.
Stan de Nussac
A multi-instrumentalist, Stan de Nussac holds a 1st prize for excellence in jazz saxophone and a State jazz diploma, as well as a Masters in ethnomusicology on P’ansori (traditional Korean song) at the Sorbonne. He is also an aikido teacher and a shiatsu practitioner. Stan has collaborated on several occasions with Maurice Béjart: for the ballet Opera (1993) as a saxophonist improvising on stage among the dancers. He has composed for Sylvie Guillem in the ballet Sissi, Impératrice anarchiste and more recently Tchékhov au bois dormant (2006) for the Béjart school in Lausanne. As for theatre, he composed for Laura Forti’s play Nema Problema (2012), directed by Alain Batis, and performed on stage the role of the saxophonist musician (Épée de bois, Vincennes). For silent cinema, Stan collaborates with Robert Piéchaud in film concert (Mizoguchi, Ozu, Keaton…) notably at the Louvre Auditorium or at the Cinémathèque Française.
The Piéchaud-Nussac duo
Robert Piéchaud and Stan de Nussac, natives of Paris, have known each other since the early days of childhood .As adults they eventually end up, each having followed a very different course: Robert on the classical and contemporary side, Stan in jazz. It is however only later that they found the opportunity to collaborate, with the creation (2010) of the Trio Trans-Atlantismes(with Jill Alessandra McCoy in voice) where they experimented with forms halfway between strict writing and improvisation, an adventure that would eventually lead them to the Bouffes du Nord scene (Festival d’Automne à Paris 2016).
But it is mainly thanks to the cine-concert that, for the past ten years, they have invented a common language, Robert on the piano and Stan on wind instruments (saxophones, bass clarinet, flute) between jazz and contemporary music, through improvisation, between East and West, in film repertoires as varied as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Mizoguchi or Ozu and in prestigious places like the Auditorium du Louvre or the Cinémathèque Française.