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Igor Wakhévitch

Igor Wakhévitch

Igor Wakhévitch


Igor Wakhévitch born May 12, 1948, Provence, France, son of the art director Georges Wakhévitch, was an avant-garde French composer who released a series of studio albums in the 1970s and composed the music for the Salvador Dalí opera Etre Dieu. He was a contemporary of similar avant-garde, electronic composers, such as Pierre Henry, who was also born and based in Paris. He is a relatively unknown composer but gained a small cult following through praises from Nurse with Wound (on the list of influences in their first album) Read more on Last.fm
Igor Wakhévitch born May 12, 1948, Provence, France, son of the art director Georges Wakhévitch, was an avant-garde French composer who released a series of studio albums in the 1970s and composed the music for the Salvador Dalí opera Etre Dieu. He was a contemporary of similar avant-garde, electronic composers, such as Pierre Henry, who was also born and based in Paris. He is a relatively unknown composer but gained a small cult following through praises from Nurse with Wound (on the list of influences in their first album), Michael Gira of Swans and a review of one of his studio albums by Dominique Leone for a feature on Pitchfork Media entitled "It Was the Strangest Record I Had Ever Heard". From the age of eight, he learnt to play piano under the tutelage of Louise Clavius-Marius and Lucette Descaves. Between the ages of 12 to 17, he studied at the Conservatoire de Paris. During this time, he was auditioned by Herbert von Karajan for a concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and in 1965 won the Jury's First Prize for Piano (by a unanimous vote). In 1967, studying under Olivier Messiaen, he won the first prize in Musical Analysis.

In 1968, he worked for the GRM in the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer. Igor Wakhévitch was a part of the 1960s atmosphere of musical integration and boundary crossing ; he was friends with Maurice Béjart, who encouraged him to compose for contemporary dance companies, and studied with Pierre Schaeffer, while his second album, Doctor Faust, was dedicated to his friends Robert Wyatt and Mike Ratledge of rock group The Soft Machine. At the beginning of the 1970s, Wakhevitch became friends and studied with minimalist musician Terry Riley, through whom he discovered the ragas of Pandit Pran Nath. In 1974, Salvador Dalí asked him to compose music to accompany his 'opera-poem in six parts' entitled 'To Be God'. The album was recorded in the Studios of EMI in Boulogne, performed by various speakers and singers, an orchestra, and a rock band which featured the actors Raymond Gérôme, Catherine Allegret, Alain Cuny and Didier Haudepin, and musicians Michel Ripoche on violin, Didier Batard on bass and Franois Auger on drums. Wakhévitch visited India in 1973, and moved to Auroville in South India in 1980. In 1991, he met the Dalai Lama in the Théâtre Renault-Barrault in Paris at a performance by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. In 1998, the box set 'Donc...' was released on Fractal Records to mark Wakhevitch's 50th birthday.

It incorporated his first six albums: 'Logos' (1970), 'Docteur Faust' (1971), 'Hathor' (1974), 'Les Fous d'Or' (1975), 'Nagual' (1977), and 'Let's Start' (1979). Only 'Être Dieu' (1974) was omitted (taking up its own 3CD box set, released in 1992). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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