antoine boyer etc

scotscot Virtuoso

Here are a couple recent videos from the amazing Antoine Boyer, whose playing and composing is more advanced and modern than ever...

This is Jean-Marie Pallen, the man who told me the story about working for Baro Ferret I posted a while back. Jean-Marie is an excellent guitarist with a unique way of using chords.
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  • Bob HoloBob Holo Moderator
    edited May 2015 Posts: 1,252
    Wow.... ! He's synthesized something entirely new to my ears in that solo piece. It's dissonant and yet beautiful and classical and yet resolves in tonalities that evoke France and Manouche. That's fantastic work. For all those who say "Where is the innovation in this music?" Well... here you go. Chew on this for a while ;-)
    You get one chance to enjoy this day, but if you're doing it right, that's enough.
  • Michael BauerMichael Bauer Chicago, ILProdigy Selmers, Busatos and more…oh my!
    Posts: 1,002
    Antoine is truly a special talent, and I love that he is blazing his own trail through the music world. Both pieces by him are lovely, but the Exploration is a worthy composition that will probably find its way into the classical repertoire with time. Wonderful person, and incredible musician!!! And I loved the Pallen piece, Scot. Although I don't speak French and I was left wanting to know more about the piece.
    I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.
  • husyhusy Seattle✭✭✭
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    Very cool. To my ears it's reminiscent of guitar pieces by Villa Lobos (e.g. Preludio y Danza), and some modern South American composers. What's impressive is that he's playing with a pick, but he creates a complex sound as if using classical guitar technique.
  • Al WatskyAl Watsky New JerseyVirtuoso
    Posts: 440

    He's good download his CD.
  • scotscot Virtuoso
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    Exactly right, Bob - Antoine is a true innovator. He's only 18 or 19 years old, too.

    The various manuscripts in the Pallen clip are the original charts transcribed by Gerard Levesque as Django dictated to him(!). Levesque gave Jean-Marie many of these charts when they both worked as studio musicians in Paris. I'm not certain but I think that the playing is basically his take on Porto Cabello, based on motifs in the original chart (shown at the start of the clip). He talks about Django's creativity and how Levesque transcribed and that sort of thing.

    Jean-Marie does not play anything you'd call gypsy jazz, but he's a fine interpreter of Django's music and an excellent composer and jazz guitarist in his own right.

    Michael Bauer
  • mandocatmandocat Santa Rosa, CA✭✭✭ AJL XO, Eastman 905CE, PRS SE
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    Also pretty awesome is the 10 minute long version of "What Is This Thing Called Love" by Boyer, Giniaux and Brunard on YouTube. The kid definitely holds his own.
  • scotscot Virtuoso
    Posts: 653

    More from Antoine Boyer...
  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 3,319
    I like the flamenco-style rhythm he gets with the flat pick.
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