Florent Ghys

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 - 3:09 pm

Florent Ghys[audio:Rêve érotique 7.mp3|titles=Rêve érotique|artists=Florent Ghys]

Florent Ghys is a French composer of acoustic music and an upright bass player.
He employs hair dryers, blinkers, weather reports, vacuum cleaners, numbers, and enjoys controlling random elements.

He obtained degrees in ethno-musicology at Bordeaux University (Masters 03) and Bordeaux Conservatoire (Gold Medals 04), before going on to study the classical double bass with Thierry Barbé in Paris (Gold Medal 05). He participated in several composition master classes in the United States (Bang On A Can 06) and in Italy (Sentieri Selvaggi 06).

As a composer he works in a style situated between contemporary and pop music, creating tonal masses with or without pulsation. It has often been said to resemble American minimalist music.

He has collaborated with different ensembles and musicians such as Dither quartet, Abigail Fischer, Eleonore Oppenheim in New York, The F(x) in Miami, and has written music for both video projects (Lumina Productions, Aricie Productions), and websites (www.berto-cameraoperator.com, www.regardcamera.com).

The label Cantaloupe music in New York city is releasing 3 Eps called « Florent Ghys : Baroque Tardif » starting Septembre 09.

As a double bass player, he is developing a solo performance with a laptop called Antisolo. Working with samples extracted from weather reports and a variety of other radio and TV sources, he has developed a new tuning of the bass in fifths, inspired by the idea of « alto double bass » by Thierry Barbé.

With the collaboration of Jérôme Hérault, he has invented a Z-form endpin which changes the balance of the instrument, inspired by the Rabbath endpin.