WNYC radio host John Sheaffer says of composer and bassist Florent Ghys that he writes pieces that "blend elements of minimalism, pop music, and a dose of extravagant wit."
I discovered Florent Ghys (pronounced "zhees") on my computer the summer of 2014 while on a hunt for new repertoire. The piece that caught my eye – then my ear – was An Open Cage, written for Bang on a Can. I couldn't resist John Cage reading from Diary: How to improve the world (You will only make matters worse) and the way his voice danced with the instruments.
So Florent's music leapt out of my computer, into my piano as we rehearsed the score.
Then, this past July, I was in New York City looking (as I usually do when I visit) for interesting and unusual things to do. That's when I saw that Florent would be performing his solo works at Noguchi Museum in Brooklyn the following day. I couldn't believe it. I would visit Noguchi for the first time, meet Florent and hear him live. A perfect day of firsts.
After the excellent show, I introduced myself, we chatted a bit, and somehow, I heard myself asking him if he'd like to join NakedEye as guest performer. And he said YES. So here we are. You will hear his solo and chamber works with video, and excerpts from his new album Télévision, a postminimalist exploration of double bass, visual media, and loops. If you happen to be in Lancaster on November 7, do drop by. You'll be glad you did.