Denis
Levaillant

Bio

Denis LEVAILLANT by David Sanson :

French composer and pianist Denis Levaillant is one of today’s major musical talents. Since 1973 he has managed to develop a personal, highly varied oeuvre, allying the rhythmic energy of jazz and popular musics to a new orchestral colour in the French tradition, appealing to all audiences.

He approached music by studying classical piano, demonstrating precocious gifts. At the same time, he distinguished himself brilliantly in general studies at the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand and the Sorbonne in Paris, where he earned a Masters in philosophy in 1974. In 1983, Denis Levaillant was awarded a fellowship to the Villa Medicis in Rome.

Initially making a name for himself with the general public in the 1970s as a performer and top-notch improviser (his book L’Improvisation musicale, published in 1980, has become a reference on the subject). In the 1980s, he was one of the pioneers in musical theatre in France, and the originality of his opera O.P.A. Mia (My Tender Bid), with sets by Enki Bilal and premiered in 1990 at the Avignon Festival and the Opéra-Comique in Paris, made a strong impression.

In the following decade, he devoted most of his creative efforts to symphonic writing. His ballet, La Petite danseuse, commissioned by the Paris Opera, met with great success at the Paris Opera in 2003 and has been revived in 2005 and 2010.

In 2014 he is invited by 15 state Universities in the US for several conferences, master classes ans concerts of his music.

Winner, in particular, of the RAI Prize at the Italia Prize in 1988, Denis Levaillant has had most of his recorded catalogue regularly synchronised in cinema and television the world over.

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Album Title Alt. Duration Compo/Artist Description Keywords
CEZ4097 Reality Breaks
[CEZ4097 - 1]
2 2'50 Denis Levaillant Brutal & scary. Dholaks (Indian percussion) & intemittent darbouka & electronics. armed conflict, investigation, ethnic drum, changing, natural disaster, scary [...]
CEZ4097 Reality Breaks 2
[CEZ4097 - 25]
0 2'53 Denis Levaillant Insidious & murky. Electronics. atmospheric, drone, suspended atmosphere, space, sci-fi, silence [...]
CEZ4097 Reality Breaks 3
[CEZ4097 - 26]
0 1'10 Denis Levaillant Drone. Brutal & scary. Percussion ensemble with dholaks (Indian percussion) & electronics. spy, investigation, time (tick-tock), steady, percussion ensemble, action movie [...]
CEZ4020 Le Clair, l'Obscur - 1st movement
[CEZ4020 - 1]
0 9'06 Quatuor Arpeggione Tormented & tragic. String quartet. contemporary serious music, abstract art, complex, dissonant, Twentieth century music, paranormal [...]
CEZ4020 Le Clair, l'Obscur - 2nd movement
[CEZ4020 - 2]
0 7'40 Quatuor Arpeggione Abstract, changing & intermittent. String quartet; contemporary serious music, Twentieth century music, abstract art, complex, unclassifiable, French cinema [...]
CEZ4020 Le Clair, l'Obscur - 3rd movement
[CEZ4020 - 3]
0 6'24 Quatuor Arpeggione Sudden, changing & tragic. String quartet. contemporary serious music, Twentieth century music, changing, complex, abstract art, French cinema [...]
CEZ4097 Show Down
[CEZ4097 - 5]
2 2'39 Denis Levaillant Aggressive & frightening. Intermittent percussion & electronics. armed conflict, suspense, sparse, scary, rumbling, percussive [...]
CEZ4097 Show Down 2
[CEZ4097 - 33]
0 2'37 Denis Levaillant Sepulchral & deathly. Sinister pulse.Treated orchestra. horror, space, sinister, drone, suspended atmosphere, sci-fi [...]
CEZ4097 Show Down 3
[CEZ4097 - 34]
0 1'04 Denis Levaillant Drone. Sepulchral & deathly. Percussion & treated orchestra sparse, space, investigation, historical narrative, silence, slow motion [...]
CEZ4019 First Step
[CEZ4019 - 1]
0 0'46 Denis Levaillant Zarb, synthesizer & digital processing. disturbing, undefined percussion, primitive art, chaotic, inexorable, unstable [...]
CEZ4045 De Polders
[CEZ4045 - 13]
0 2'52 Denis Levaillant Expansive & empty. Light movement with resonant bass. Solo piano. interrogative, destiny, flowing, melancholic, undulating, acoustic piano [...]
CEZ4097 Labour Camp
[CEZ4097 - 2]
4 2'47 Denis Levaillant Menacing & warlike. Constant progression. Tom, military drum & electronics. unstable, investigation, chaotic, wandering, changing, drone [...]
CEZ4097 Labour Camp 2
[CEZ4097 - 27]
0 2'46 Denis Levaillant Menacing & warlike. Constant progression. Military drum, piano & electronics. armed conflict, warlike, military music, changing, chaotic, action movie [...]
CEZ4097 Labour Camp 3
[CEZ4097 - 28]
0 2'45 Denis Levaillant Menacing & sinister. Electronics. atmospheric, sparse, drone, suspended atmosphere, space, sequencing [...]
CEZ4097 Labour Camp 4
[CEZ4097 - 29]
0 1'03 Denis Levaillant Drone. Menacing & sinister. Percussion & electronics. historical narrative, armed conflict, scary, wide open space, disturbing, action game [...]
CEZ4097 Labour Camp 5
[CEZ4097 - 30]
0 1'13 Denis Levaillant Menacing & warlike. Military drums & electronics. historical narrative, armed conflict, action game, panoramic, military drum, steady [...]
CEZ4097 Time Corridor
[CEZ4097 - 16]
1 2'41 Denis Levaillant Urgent & constant. Celesta & electronics. desolate, investigation, mysterious, nocturnal, sinister, slow motion [...]
CEZ4097 Time Corridor 2
[CEZ4097 - 50]
0 2'41 Denis Levaillant Frightening & diabolical. Accordion, treated double bass & electronics. scary, horror, paranormal, psychotic, natural disaster, disturbing [...]
CEZ4097 State Of Shock
[CEZ4097 - 24]
1 2'20 Denis Levaillant Terrifying & tumultuous. Timpani, snare drum & electronics. scary, horror, fantasy, insidious, sci-fi, sinister [...]
CEZ4097 State Of Shock 2
[CEZ4097 - 61]
0 2'20 Denis Levaillant Magmatic & insidious. Treated orchestra & electronics. suspended atmosphere, horror, space, muffled, insidious, paranormal [...]
CEZ4019 Etude africaine n°1
[CEZ4019 - 10]
0 4'04 Denis Levaillant Positive. Concert Piano. acoustic piano, geopolitics, confident, wide open space, building, Africa [...]
CEZ4015 Anxiety
[CEZ4015 - 36]
0 2'35 Denis Levaillant Sparse & unusual. Solo bass clarinet. instrumental
CEZ4045 Cape Cod Bay
[CEZ4045 - 24]
0 2'00 Denis Levaillant Impressionist. Floating gentle arpeggio chords. Solo piano. flowing, impressionism, undulating, acoustic piano, country & garden, wandering [...]
CEZ4023 Quatre Chants d'Amour Profane
[CEZ4023 - 20]
0 4'06 Denis Levaillant Tender & dreamy. Solo piano. romantic , intimate, acoustic piano, destiny, introspective, sentimental [...]
CEZ4023 Roadworks
[CEZ4023 - 26]
0 1'57 Denis Levaillant Electro-Acoustic. Mechanical & determined. unstable, mechanical, noisy, chaotic, industry, insidious [...]
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