Gaspar Claus

NEWS


BIO

Gaspar Claus is a cellist.  

That is to say, he plays the cello, and pretty much anything he touches, he touches with his cello. That is to say all he weighs of the world surrounding him, he compares to the weight of his cello, an instrument to be hugged, stroked, pinched but also carried on one’s back along lengthy stretches.

And indeed it is no stretch to also call Gaspar Claus a surveyor. Geographer. Even, why not, a cartographer: drawer of lines and tracery. 

For years now, we’ve run into him, often, somewhere within the vigorous and tender frenzy of his encounters, warming his instrument in service of others, or dedicating it to incongruous, largely unexpected dialogues, from pop to contemporary music, from plural traditions to noisy jazz, from chanson to electronic music. We’ve seen him, heard him, glimpsed him, guessed him alongside Rone and Barabara Carlotti, with Matt Elliot and Stranded Horse, Serge Teyssot-Gay and Angélique Ionatos, Joelle Léandre, Marion Cousin, Jim O’Rourke or Peter Von Poehl and Keiji Haino, equally involved, equally curious. From afar we’ve followed him to Japan, Mongolia, Iceland, Mali, Morocco, and from all these places and more, we saw him return enriched, that is to say – lighter. 

This taste for potlatch and spontaneous pollination has long been the argument for a lively and hungry personality, transforming a tender form of amused cannibalism into humble availability, and vice versa. It is this same curiosity which sees him patiently running the fine label entitled “Les disques du Festival permanent”, a warm inn whose tables you’ll find full of a plethora of other adventurers: Sourdure, Borja Flames, Marc Melià… Another way for him to undermine any notion of a chapel and challenge hierarchies. It would be a pity, however, for the sole benefit of these admirable qualities as a unifier, to neglect the instrumentalist, the thinker, the composer.

 Improvising alone or playing with his father Pedro Soler – a guitarist with a conception of flamenco as a broad form, all at once modern and archaic, member of the VACΛRME trio – with the violinists Carla Pallone and Christelle Lassort, or increasingly frolicking around various film scores (Makala, Vif Argent…), Gaspar shows the importance of how his unbridled courtship with all forms of music will have ultimately focused, rather than scattered, his way of playing and his theoretical approach, strengthening an ever more broadening and colourful vocabulary. 

Thus, Gaspar Claus is stubbornly intent on reconciling opposites. On outfitting his most strident vituperations with baroque ornaments, or airing out compositions with free improvisation, and on viewing concepts as desirable and sensuous machines. Whether intimately entwined with his instrument or scrawling along a lone sheet of paper, writing for ensembles (six cellos under telepathic mentorship) or imagining great mental celebrations – such as La Nuit en LA, which saw the Paris Philharmonic resonating with a single A note for ten hours straight, under the hypnotized fingers of nine entranced musicians, or drumming his maple body with the wood of his own bow, or shamelessly listening to Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveiros or La Monte Young (listening is already playing), whether in solitude or in the warm imprint of long-nurtured friendships, Gaspar Claus asserts himself as a lyrical conceptualist, at turns meditative and explosive, cherishing ideas for their textures and, conversely, matter for how it arouses the imagination, which itself is but a thought.

We look forward to his next tribulations as fakir conductor, for his ardent solo stage recitals, his silver-screen scores and all the upcoming hallucinations which, to be sure, he himself is still unaware of.

LINE-UP
Gaspar Claus : cello, concert in the dark

Coproduction : Murailles Music, Studio d’en Haut à Nantes, L’Hydrophone à Lorient, Le Florida à Agen

 


LINKS


PRESS


CONTACT

Booking : amaury.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Tancade

    InFiné / Les Disques du Festival Permanent2021
    LP / CD / Digital
  • SERRANA

    Les disques du festival permanent2017
    CD / Digitial
  • MAKALA

    Les disques du festival permanent2017
    Digital
  • One Night Stand #1

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    Digital
  • Jo Estava Que M’Abrasava

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Jo Ha Kyù Firsts contacts

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    CD / Digital
  • CLAUS & CLAUSEN

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    LP / Digital
  • Jo Ha Kyù

    Les disques du festival permanent2013
    LP / CD / digital

Past shows

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  • DateCountryCityVenuewith 
  • 13/09/2021FranceParis (75)Le Trianon (COMPLET)RONEinfos
  • 11/09/2021FranceLanguidic (56)Festival Dehors, Plantation de thé Filleule des féesinfos
  • 02/09/2021FranceMarseille (13)Festival Jamais d'eux sans toi, église Belle de Mai (orga. A.M.I)infos event
  • 24/06/2021FranceNantes (44)'Le Souffle Continu', Le Studio d'en Haut (Sortie de résidence)infos
  • 24/10/2020FranceLa Baule (44)Festival Ecrivains en bord de mer, Chapelle Sainte-Anne - accompagnement lecture Yoann Barbereauinfos event
  • 25/09/2020FranceVanves (92)Théâtre de Vanves, 'Violoncelles' [création] (première) : Gaspar Claus, Didier Petit, Jérémie Arrache, Karsten Hochapfel, Julie Läderach, Lola Malique.Monolithe Noirinfos event
  • 12/08/2020FranceBelfort (90)Les Mercredis du Château, La Citadelle de Belfortinfos event
  • 14/05/2019FranceVanves (92)Switch Festival #3 - Théâtre de Vanves& Clausen, Borja Flames, Romain Berthaud, Ambeyanceinfos event
  • 17/01/2019FranceRennesFestival autres mesures au Musée des beaux-arts de RennesL'Ocelle Mare, Gaspar Claus (solo)infos event
  • 12/01/2019FranceParisTrabendoJuliana Huxtable, Charm, Rui Ho, Odete, Yha Yha event
  • 15/12/2018FranceParis'One Night Stand#2' à la Philharmonie - CITÉ DE LA MUSIQUEAmbeyance, Bachar Mar-Khalife, Borja Flames, Camille Hardouin, David Chalmin, Joakim, Juliette Gelli, Katerina Fotinaki, Laure Brisa, Ojard, Peter von Poehl, Sébastien Forresterinfos event
  • 05/12/2018FranceParisLe ZorbaLinde, Dúplum dúó event
  • 07/07/2018FranceRennesTombées de la Nuitinfos event
  • 05/05/2018FranceLes LilasLe TritonVincent Segal
  • 15/02/2018FrancePalaiseau MJC Théâtre des Trois Valléesinfos event
  • 28/09/2017FranceTullePop Corn Festival, Théâtre des Sept CollinesL'Ocelle Mare, Will Guthrie, Gaspar Claus (solo)infos
  • 16/09/2017FranceNantesMusée d'arts de Nantes, les journées du PatrimoineAlexis Degrenier, L'Ocelle Mare, Gaspar Claus (solo)infos event
  • 09/08/2017FranceMens (38)Festival Mens Alors, Le Templeinfos event
  • 30/06/2017FranceToulouseFestival les Siestes Electroniquesinfos
  • 18/05/2017FranceParisL'espace en coursPowerdove event
  • 09/03/2017FrancePoitiersJazz à Poitiers, Carré BleuWill Guthrie, l'ocelle mareinfos event
  • 10/11/2016FranceVanvesThéâtrePaul Colomb, Oliver Coatesinfos event
  • 23/10/2016FranceParisLe CentquatreL'ocelle Mareinfos event
  • 07/08/2016FranceSérignan (34)Musée régional d'art contemporaininfos
  • 15/07/2016FranceLuz-Saint-Sauveur (65)Festival Jazz à Luz
  • 20/05/2016FrancePloéven (29)Festival Sonore, Eglise Saint MéenL'ocelle mare, Will Guthrieinfos
  • 21/11/2015FranceParisCentre FGO-BarbaraMotus, Cabaret Contemporaininfos event
  • 19/11/2015FranceBrestFestival Invisible, Penn Ar Jazzinfos
  • 15/10/2015FranceBrestAtlantique Jazz Festival, Le Mac OrlanSurvival Unit IIIinfos

events

NEWS

BIO

Gaspar Claus is a cellist.  

That is to say, he plays the cello, and pretty much anything he touches, he touches with his cello. That is to say all he weighs of the world surrounding him, he compares to the weight of his cello, an instrument to be hugged, stroked, pinched but also carried on one’s back along lengthy stretches.

And indeed it is no stretch to also call Gaspar Claus a surveyor. Geographer. Even, why not, a cartographer: drawer of lines and tracery. 

For years now, we’ve run into him, often, somewhere within the vigorous and tender frenzy of his encounters, warming his instrument in service of others, or dedicating it to incongruous, largely unexpected dialogues, from pop to contemporary music, from plural traditions to noisy jazz, from chanson to electronic music. We’ve seen him, heard him, glimpsed him, guessed him alongside Rone and Barabara Carlotti, with Matt Elliot and Stranded Horse, Serge Teyssot-Gay and Angélique Ionatos, Joelle Léandre, Marion Cousin, Jim O’Rourke or Peter Von Poehl and Keiji Haino, equally involved, equally curious. From afar we’ve followed him to Japan, Mongolia, Iceland, Mali, Morocco, and from all these places and more, we saw him return enriched, that is to say – lighter. 

This taste for potlatch and spontaneous pollination has long been the argument for a lively and hungry personality, transforming a tender form of amused cannibalism into humble availability, and vice versa. It is this same curiosity which sees him patiently running the fine label entitled “Les disques du Festival permanent”, a warm inn whose tables you’ll find full of a plethora of other adventurers: Sourdure, Borja Flames, Marc Melià… Another way for him to undermine any notion of a chapel and challenge hierarchies. It would be a pity, however, for the sole benefit of these admirable qualities as a unifier, to neglect the instrumentalist, the thinker, the composer.

 Improvising alone or playing with his father Pedro Soler – a guitarist with a conception of flamenco as a broad form, all at once modern and archaic, member of the VACΛRME trio – with the violinists Carla Pallone and Christelle Lassort, or increasingly frolicking around various film scores (Makala, Vif Argent…), Gaspar shows the importance of how his unbridled courtship with all forms of music will have ultimately focused, rather than scattered, his way of playing and his theoretical approach, strengthening an ever more broadening and colourful vocabulary. 

Thus, Gaspar Claus is stubbornly intent on reconciling opposites. On outfitting his most strident vituperations with baroque ornaments, or airing out compositions with free improvisation, and on viewing concepts as desirable and sensuous machines. Whether intimately entwined with his instrument or scrawling along a lone sheet of paper, writing for ensembles (six cellos under telepathic mentorship) or imagining great mental celebrations – such as La Nuit en LA, which saw the Paris Philharmonic resonating with a single A note for ten hours straight, under the hypnotized fingers of nine entranced musicians, or drumming his maple body with the wood of his own bow, or shamelessly listening to Eliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveiros or La Monte Young (listening is already playing), whether in solitude or in the warm imprint of long-nurtured friendships, Gaspar Claus asserts himself as a lyrical conceptualist, at turns meditative and explosive, cherishing ideas for their textures and, conversely, matter for how it arouses the imagination, which itself is but a thought.

We look forward to his next tribulations as fakir conductor, for his ardent solo stage recitals, his silver-screen scores and all the upcoming hallucinations which, to be sure, he himself is still unaware of.

LINE-UP
Gaspar Claus : cello, concert in the dark

Coproduction : Murailles Music, Studio d’en Haut à Nantes, L’Hydrophone à Lorient, Le Florida à Agen

 

LINKS

PRESS

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Tancade

    InFiné / Les Disques du Festival Permanent2021
    LP / CD / Digital
  • SERRANA

    Les disques du festival permanent2017
    CD / Digitial
  • MAKALA

    Les disques du festival permanent2017
    Digital
  • One Night Stand #1

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    Digital
  • Jo Estava Que M’Abrasava

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Jo Ha Kyù Firsts contacts

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    CD / Digital
  • CLAUS & CLAUSEN

    Les disques du festival permanent2016
    LP / Digital
  • Jo Ha Kyù

    Les disques du festival permanent2013
    LP / CD / digital

CONTACT

Booking : amaury.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com