Festival Artonov : Debussy-Odyssey
Jan Michiels, piano ; Juan Parra Cancino, composer ; Koen Broucke, painter.
On a 1920 Bechstein piano set in Galerie Lempertz, Jan Michiels imagines a real spatialisation of Debussy's 24 Preludes for solo piano with composer Juan Parra Cancino and painter Koen Broucke.
Claude Debussy imagined that in the near future, one would create ultra-sensory compositions entering the space like perfume in the air and which would go beyond the usual concert hall setting. This performance reflects this poetic ideal of Debussy's music and will also combine literature, painting, video and live electronics.
The Greek philosopher and writer Nikos Kazantzakis wrote Odyssey in 1924, an epic poem in the form of 24 Rhapsodies in homage to Homer. This work will be found within the performance between similarity and synesthesia in a real space journey of the artistic gesture. A landscape in sounds and images almost Proustian. Proust wrote 'In Search of Lost Time' during the years of Debussy's Preludes and sometime later, Nikos Kazantzakis came to attend the classes of Henri Bergson, a poet-philosopher who was a great admirer of Debussy and Proust.
Let's continue to dream (at the beginning of the 21st century) during this 'Search for Art Nouveau' in memory of the great musical prophet who left us a hundred years ago - Claude Debussy.