History repeats: l’Artiste ordinaire returns to the expansive universe of Photon Ecstasy to survey for slippery drones, sparkling beats, and hallucinatory, shifting textures. Like the light from distant stars, these sounds arrive from the past, focused by the lens of the duo’s inscrutable and immersive creative process.
This process is the sound of PETITE ecstasy. The gravitational force generated by the combination of Grey’s benjolin synthesizer and Morneau’s trombone pull together programmed beats, Game Boy chimes, a recitation by Dan Rose, and the palatial voice of mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers.
PETITE ecstasy is born from the nebula left behind by Photon Ecstasy.
Melissa Grey (benjolin, beats, programming)
David Morneau (trombone, Game Boy, beats, programming)
Jessica Bowers (mezzo-soprano)
Dan Rose (voice)
music composed by: l’Artiste ordinaire
inspired by The DNA-Photon Project by Dan Rose
l’Artiste ordinaire is the inevitable collaboration between Melissa Grey & David Morneau. They create sound in performance. Their music is a heady mix of machined EDM beats, sound art practices, and soulful figurations. They bore inside moments of sonic ecstasy, exploding them into a trillion sparkling shards of shimmering sounds that swirl in a paradox of energized stasis. l’Artiste ordinaire designs projects that expand in endless variation to collaborate with musicians, video artists, designers, and creative technologists with Grey’s benjolin synthesizer and Morneau’s trombone at the center.
Drawn together by a shared desire to push beyond the usual contemporary classical music conventions in every way, Grey and Morneau founded l’Artiste ordinaire in 2016. Together they developed an inscrutable and immersive creative process capable of incanting a sonic magic out of structured improvisations, constrained processes, found poetry, and ancient musical practices.
l’Artiste ordinaire is based in New York City. More at artisteordinaire.org