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This 2003 event, celebrated
Luc Ferrari
, one of the great pioneers of electronic music. The founding director of the Group de Musique Concrète in 1958, Ferrari was one of the
first composers to seriously
build upon John Cage’s maxim,
“Music is all around us if only
we had ears.”

Ferrari’s soundscapes based on ambient sounds of daily life are both evocative and socially engaged. Through a wide range of musical projects, he has influenced several Generations of experimental composers.  
Ferrari hosted and performed in two concerts with the Bay Area’s foremost new music and improviser percussionist,
William Winant, and with DJ Olive, also known as the audio janitor from East-Village underground digital lab.
The program featured Ferrari‘s sound journey through the U.S. ("Far West News") and a joint-performance mixing from his own compositional archive with DJ Olive and
William Winant ("Archives sauvées des eaux"). For the second set, visuals were provided by Warren Stringer with his visual instrument Sky (Santa Cruz, CA.) and by Sue Costabile (Berkeley, CA.). Clatterbox, from Santa Cruz free radio, will provide the intermission Salon atmosphere for both dates.
“Sounds French” was a month-long festival of new music from France taking place in NYC in March 2003 and coordinated by the Cultural Services of the
French Embassy.
From the New-York times (Feb. 23 2003):                   
What’s French about French Music?
The festival also explores the last 55 years of French electronic music, from the pioneering taped sounds of musique concrète to recent electroacoustic music created at the Groupe de Recherche Musicale of Radio France, paying particular attention to the work of the “renegades” Luc Ferrari and Pierre Henry.


-- John Cage