Sigil Of Brass: "This is an exciting album!"
Vital Weekly: "A fascinating listening trip"
Silence And Sound: "Remarkable!"
British composer and experimental music artist Christopher James Chaplin studied the piano with Irene Denereaz in Vevey/Switzerland before moving to London in the early 80ies. In 2009 he was invited by Viennese label Fabrique to collaborate with electronic musician Thomas Pötz aka Kava on “Seven Echoes”, an album released in 2010 and presented live at the well-known Art Brut Museum Gugging in Austria. There he met electronic music pioneer Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) who later invited Christopher to take part in a “Late Junction" session for BBC Radio 3. The result of this second collaboration eventually led to the album “King of Hearts”, released in 2012.
In the following years Chaplin and Roedelius performed around the world; these were largely improvised performances with Roedelius on piano and electronics, and Chaplin on synthesizers and orchestral samples. Amongst others they captivated audiences in Paris (Silencio), Sao Paulo (Sesc Belenzinho), Barcelona (Primavera Festival), Vienna (Casino Baumgarten, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Volkstheatre), Linz (Lentos Kunstmuseum), Lunz am See (More Ohr Less Festival), Tiradendes (Mimo Festival), Madeira (MMiFF Festival) or Berlin (Akademie der Kunste and Haus der Kulturen der Welt).
October 2016 saw the release of Christopher Chaplin's first solo album “Je suis le Ténébreux”, which has been partly recorded at AIR's Atlas Studio in Paris and various studios in the UK. It combines experimental musical influences around a sixteenth century text, an epitaph known as the “Enigma of Bologna”. The album features the voices of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Christine Martha Roedelius, French actress and soprano Judith Chemla and Italian tenor Pino Costalunga, as well as the text and voice of poet Claudia Schumann.
The amazing video for the piece "Lucius Agatho" has been created by Venezuelan visual artist Francisco Bassim. Christopher Chaplin "Francisco Bassim graciously accepted to create a video for the track "Lucius Agatho" from my album "Je suis le Ténébreux". The result is more than I could have ever wished for. It entirely captures and enhances the essence of the piece. Thank you Francisco Bassim for putting in all the hours towards achieving an outstanding piece of artwork!"
"Deconstructed" - an exciting EP with "Je suis le Ténébreux" remixes by Tim Story, Jana Irmert, Peter Zirbs and <tfo> to be released in May 2017!
|Oct, 08. 2017||-||Solo show @ Galerie Gugging "Special Edition" (A)|
|May, 12. 2017||-||Fabrique Labelnight @ RKH, Vienna (A)|
|Jan, 28. 2017||-||Album Release Show @ TBA21, Vienna (A)|
|Sep, 17. 2016||-||w/Roedelius @ London (UK)|
|Sep, 16. 2016||-||w/Roedelius @ The Tin at the Coal Vaults, Coventry (UK)|
|Sep, 15. 2016||-||w/ Roedelius @ Goods Shed, Stroud (UK)|