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IGOR WAKHEVITCH

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 The Inaudible veiled by the Audible ....

 The Audible revealed by the Inaudible ....

THE TORCH OF HEARING

 

 

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I g o r

W a k h e v i t c h

IGOR WAKHEVITCH

sound mysterious science

 The Inaudible veiled by the Audible ....

 The Audible revealed by the Inaudible ....

THE TORCH OF HEARING

 

 

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I G O R W A K H E V I T C H (Mitra)

IGOR WAKHEVITCH started his career as a brillant classical pianist and was the pupil of the great french composer Olivier Messiaen at the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse” in Paris, the most prestigious music school of France.

Born in south of France in Gassin, a small village on the top of  a hill above the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Igor Wakhevitch is a composer who has worked in many musical directions, always sensitive to new ways of expressing sonic sound constructions. In different contexts, he explored the acousmatic approach of processed sounds but also occasionaly dissipates this compositional form into psych rock aesthetic.

His musical background is heavily influenced by contemporary avant-garde, dodecaphonism and sound experimentations, including electro music.

He notably learned electroacoustic technics with the « Group of Musical Researches » (known as G.R.M. French National Radio ORTF) under the guidance of  the famous french musicologist Pierre Schaeffer, a visionnary of music's future and a kind of "father" of  the concrete music.

« Logos » (EMI) and « Nagual » (EMI), « Hathor » (Atlantic) « Let’s Start » (EMI), and many other compositions (Dr. Faust, les Fous d'Or, To Be God, “Ahata-Anahata”, “the Girl of Sixteen”, “the Winds of Shiva”, “Echo and Narcissus”, “Arachnea”,etc.) reveals pretty excellent spectral forms and modulations which concentrates the listener in seriously profound, immersive mentalscapes. A few pieces contain rocking, spaced out instrumentations in the genre of cosmic krautrock classics ; closely associated to their performances on stage, Igor Wakhevitch was a great friend of Robert Wyatt and Mick Ratledge, the fantastic musicans of the british "avant-garde" psychedelic rock band, the "Soft Machine" ; at the same period, he met several times the legendary psychedelic pop-rock band, the "PINK FLOYD".

Igor Wakhevitch aged of 26 only was honored to compose the music of SALVADOR DALI’ s opera-poem « ÊTRE DIEU » ("To Be God"), featuring Salvador Dali in person : the music including the various characters (Dali in person, etc.) was recorded at EMI Studios in Paris). Igor Wakhevitch is the only composer to have experimented the privilege to work directly during many weeks in the row in close collaboration with Salvador Dali and in studio as well : an unique testimony about Dali's personal involvement in a piece of music: his own "Opera" !  .... 

Igor Wakhevitch's works are largely devoted to dance-theatre, epic electronic pieces blended with symphonic orchestra, choirs, percussions, rock band, abstract elements … not forgetting entities, elemental creatures, telluric beings, invisible creatures, occult powers, inner worlds, straight meditative synthezisers .....

Igor Wakhevitch is also one of the very rare composer to count six of his compositions to have been created at the "National Opera of Paris" : "AOR" (Symphonic orchestra and magnetic tape - Igor Wakhevitch-Jean-Michel Jarre ) ... followed soon after by the trilogy "This-That-the Other" added later on by "the Beginning" ("Human Called Being" ) …  concluded by "the End : a monumental ballet-theatre performance in a form of opera in five parts, a pentalogy directed and choreographied by the great Carolyn Carlson.  Five years of continuous work between Carolyn Carlson, the Group of Paris Opera Theatral Researches, and Igor Wakhevitch for the music.

Igor's music and esthetical approach is introducing the listener slowly by slowly and step by step to the anteroom of a cosmic language unveiling the mysteries of the Counsciousness: kind of reckless explorer of sonic mysterious worlds, pioneer of our days in mutation, visionary of a new era in which the Art will be the main transmitter of the "gnosis", the Divine Knowledge : Igor Wakhevitch daring angle and perspective over the hidden worlds of sound (soundmysteriouscience) provides an amazing collection of experimental electronic recordings and many more to come.

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In the early period of Igor’ life in India, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Sri Rajiv Gandhi sent an official letter to Igor Wakhevitch, writting the following lines: « Dear Igor, thank you for your music which reflect the deep commitment to peace and human brotherhood to which you are so ardently devoted, your sincerely, Rajiv Gandhi »

Later on Igor Wakhevitch had the rare privilege to meet the Dalaï-Lama in Dharmasala (Himachal-Pradesh, India) at the occasion of a private audience; acting as a producer, Igor Wakhevitch was the first person in Europe to introduce to a large audience the « Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts » in Paris: one month performance at the famous "Theatre du Rond-Point", followed by a tour in south of France and Spain. 

During the past recent years, Igor Wakhevitch (known in the circle of indian classical musicians as « Igor-ji ») has organised in Europe many concerts performed by the greatest maestros of India (particularly in Paris in the most prestigious concert halls and auditoriums ). 

Along the years “Igor-ji” devoted himself to Indian Culture and secular tradition and was praised for his achievements and contributions to promote Indian classical music and Indian culture and large by some of the greatest maestros of India as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pandit Rashid Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, the Gundecha Brothers, S. Shashank, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Pandit Vijay Ghate,  Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Pandit Shubankar Banerjee, etc.

 

"The Ancient of the Ages".     "In thought and word and deed, I rest my life, from day to day, upon the sure Foundation of Eternal Being"

"The Ancient of the Ages".

"In thought and word and deed, I rest my life, from day to day, upon the sure Foundation of Eternal Being"

IGOR WAKHEVITCH

Brillant pianiste classique avant de bifurquer sur la composition et devenir l’un des pionniers de sa génération dans le domaine de la musique expérimentale électroacoustique, Igor Wakhévitch a été l’élève de Madame Marguerite Long et de Madame Lucette Descaves en classe de piano au « Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris », études couronnées par un brillant 1er Prix à l’unanimité du jury à l’âge de dix-sept ans seulement. Il travailla également sous la houlette du compositeur Françis Poulenc, de la pianiste Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux, de Madame Monique de la Bruchollerie, Madame Yvonne Loriod, grandes pianistes toutes deux, ainsi que sous  l'oreille attentive et le regard amical du grand chef d'orchestre Igor Markévitch.

Igor fut également l'élève du grand compositeur Olivier Messiaen dans sa fameuse et très courue classe d’Analyse Musicale au Conservatoire de Paris, y obtenant également un 1er Prix d’Analyse, entre autres récompenses, harmonie, musique de chambre, solfège, lecture à vue.

En avance sur son temps, dès le début des années 1970, Igor Wakhévitch fut l’un des premiers compositeurs de sa génération à envisager une synthèse entre la musique symphonique, électronique, et pop rock : il est à l'époque l’ami des premiers groupes pop d’avant-garde britanniques (dit "psychédéliques") qu’il fréquente assidûment, en particulier les « Pink Floyd », ou encore, les « Soft-Machine » (Mick Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, David Allen) ; peu de temps après, alors qu'ils sont tous deux étudiants au G.R.M.  (Groupe de Recherches Musicales de la Radio Télévision Française dirigé par le musicologue polytechnicen Pierre Schaeffer), Igor Wakhévitch se lie d’amitié avec Jean-Michel Jarre, ce qui les conduira à co-signer la partition d’« AOR », œuvre pour orchestre symphonique (Igor composant la partie orchestrale de l'œuvre) et bande magnétique (musique électronique de J-M. Jarre) créée au Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris en présence du Ministre de la Culture Jacques Duhamel.

Igor Wakhévitch enregistre plusieurs albums pour la compagnie discographique EMI et compose de nombreuses partitions pour les créations de la grande chorégraphe américaine Carolyn Carlson au Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris. Très proche ami de Maurice Béjart, l’influence du grand artiste danseur et chorégraphe français sera déterminante dans le parcours et la démarche artistique du jeune compositeur, cheminement imprégné du sens du sacré et d’une grande passion pour la danse sous toutes ses formes et les arts du théâtre. 

En Israël, Igor Wakhévitch compose pour la fameuse chorégraphe et danseuse étoile Rina Schenfeld (Batsheva Dance Company), commande passée au compositeur par le Festival d’Israël. Pour réaliser ce travail et composer sa musique sur place, il sera invité à séjourner durant plusieurs mois comme artiste invité à la prestigieuse « Mishkenot Sha’ananim Foundation» à Jérusalem.

Plusieurs des œuvres d'Igor Wakhévitch sont créées pour de grands festivals internationaux, tels que le Festival d'Avignon (Cour d'Honneur du Palais des Papes), le Festival de Shiraz-Persépolis en Iran (création mondiale en présence effective de Son Altesse Impériale la Chabanouh Farah Pahlavi), le Festival d'Israël, le Festival des Rencontres Est-Ouest à Mumbai (Inde), organisé par le "Gœthe Institute" et le "National Center of Performing Arts" ; sans compter des créations au Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), au Grand Théâtre de Genève et pour la télévision française (théâtre et danse).

The MOTHER

  "As a rose among thistles, so is my love among the daughters"  (Song of Songs 2:2)

                       "Comme la Rose au milieu des chardons, telle est mon aimée parmi les jeunes filles" (Cantique des Cantiques 2:2)

 "Rare is the great of soul to whom all is the Divine Being"     (Bhagavad-Gita)                                                                                           

I G O R W A K H E V I T C H

D I S C O G R A P H Y


D I S C O G R A P H Y

D I S C O G R A P H Y


D I S C O G R A P H Y

Igor Wakhevitch first album.

“LOGOS” (EMI)

“LOGOS” (EMI)

“Dr. FAUST” (EMI) . . . this album cover by Philippe Druillet (the famous science-fiction cartoonist) became a collector’s piece over the years ….

“Dr. FAUST” (EMI) . . . this album cover by Philippe Druillet (the famous science-fiction cartoonist) became a collector’s piece over the years ….

“LES FOUS D’OR” - The Golden Fools (EMI) cover by Georges Wakhevitch

“LES FOUS D’OR” - The Golden Fools (EMI) cover by Georges Wakhevitch

Back side cover “Les Fous d’Or” (EMI) Choreography dance-theatre by Carolyn Carlson

Back side cover “Les Fous d’Or” (EMI) Choreography dance-theatre by Carolyn Carlson

“HATHOR” (Atlantic Records) W.E.A. Filipacchi Music

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Back cover “Hathor” … showing the Tibetan “Diamond Vajra”, the Supreme Power against all the obstacles

Inner cover of the album Hathor (right side) all titles played and composed by Igor Wakhevitch (Atlantic Records)

Inner cover of the album Hathor (right side) all titles played and composed by Igor Wakhevitch (Atlantic Records)

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Logo for the inner cover of the album HATHOR and promotional items. Showing the “Ouroboros”, symbol of Eternity around the hebrew letter SCHIN, the triple Flame of the Life-Force and Power of Realization. The Immortal Flame of AGNI, the root of the Fire, the Cosmic Breath

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“NAGUAL” les ailes de la perception (EMI) Cover by Olivier Legris

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Back cover of the album “NAGUAL”. (EMI) All titles composed and played by Igor Wakhevitch. National Opera of Paris, “The Other” Choreography by Carolyn Carlson

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a) “LET’S START” (EMI) front cover: the Rock. The golden thread around the phallus indicates the transmutation and the sacredness of the sexual energy, the Life-Power of Creation which is a SOUND.

b) Back side cover of the album “Let’s Start” (EMI). All titles composed and played by Igor Wakhevitch. Seen on the photo: Igor’s shade walking on the line of the “Mandala” ‘s roof, a school building in “Aspiration” community (Tamil-Nadu) South India

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“ÊTRE DIEU” (To Be God) SALVADOR DALI ‘s opera-poem in six parts. Music by Igor Wakhevitch. (Eurostar - 3 CDs). Luxury limited edition of three vinyls presented in a plexiglas casket numbered from 1 to 1000 accompanied by an album on glossy paper with the booklet including many photos and an original lithography by Salvador Dali

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Casting for “ÊTRE DIEU”: featuring SALVADOR DALI as the “Divine Dali”; Delphine Seyrig as Dali’s female aspect; Rayond Gerôme as Dali’s male aspect; Alain Cuny as an Archangel destroyer of the world’s order; Catherine Allegret as an artichoke and Brigitte Bardot; Didier Haudepin as a stupid journalist, a cretin; Léon Zitrone as a trickling oyster. Eve Brenner, soprano colorature, as Ann of Britanny

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CD 3 ÊTRE DIEU (TO BE GOD)

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Original contract between Salvador Dali, Igor Wakhevitch, Vazquez Montalban as co-authors of the opera “Être Dieu”: Dali-Montalban for the libretto. Igor Wakhevitch for the music.

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Master of Vibrations


Master of Vibrations


POPPY NO GOOD LABORATORY

I.W.

SALVADOR DALI

Igor at the age of sixteen  (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, classe d'Olivier Messiaen)

National Opera of Paris: advertisement page for the record “Nagual” inside the program of the evening (Palais Garnier)

Inner worlds, inner horizons ….

Vinyl white color of “Les Fous d’Or” (the Golden Fools) first edition (EMI)

Recording at EMI Studio on the Modular Moog Synthesizer (Paris-Boulogne)

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IGOR WAKHEVITCH (pink scarve) attending the world creation of his music “AOR” for orchestra at the NATIONAL OPERA OF PARIS

Igor “Poppy No Good” ’ s keyboards (the real phantom band)

Poppy No Good in elisabeth cooper mood to seduce the nurse with wounds

Live Performance at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris

World Premiere of "Human Called Being" at the International Festival of Shiraz-Persepolis in the effective presence of Her Majesty Farah Palhavi, Empress of Iran (Music by Igor Wakhevitch, Choreography by  Carolyn Carlson and National Opera of Paris dancers)

Farah Palhavi, Empress of Iran on stage just after "Human Called Being" grand-premiere, world creation, Festival of Siraz-Persepolis (iran)

A long exchange between the Empress of Iran and Igor Wakhevitch about his music

Congratulations. The Empress praising Igor’s music

Persian Kings tombs (Naqsh-e-Rostam) in Iran. The third one from the left is the tomb of King Assuerus Xerxès I (A'hachvéroch). Performing site of Igor's music "Human Called Being" and Carolyn Carlson for the choreography  (the large stage reproducing Paris Opera's dimensions was erected just beneath the tomb)

Igor Wakhevitch offering his album “Nagual” to Her Majesty Farah Palhavi, Empress of Iran

“El Nagual” (Igor’s electric organ Eminent)

Back for lunch after a long morning on the beach and swimming in the Gulf of Bengal; Igor with his first Atlas cycle !  Aspiration, South India (Tamil-Nadu)

National Opera of Paris: first page of the evening program. The amazing hieroglyphic figure of a dance trio called “the Boat Trio", choreography by Carolyn Carlson.  (Track "Hunahpuguch" on the firt side of the album "Nagual") EMI

The “Eighteen Degree”

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Life in Tamil-Nadu


Life in Tamil-Nadu


Born to love

Landmarks


L I F E I N T A M I L - N A D U

Landmarks


L I F E I N T A M I L - N A D U

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Igor with Gloria (behind Igor's house)

"Repos" Beach (Chinnamudhalyarchavadee)

Igor with Catherine in Igor's garden at its very beginning

Igor watering his garden in Aspiration

King fishers in mango trees


KING FISHERS IN MANGO TREES

King fishers in mango trees


KING FISHERS IN MANGO TREES

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NAGAPPAN …. a wonderful being at my side on the road of life

Hindu temple in Tamil-Nadu. Votive statues. Occult power of this temple goel (deity), mostly for healing and wealth of the family, protection

LISHVANAN …. why is he laughing so much ?! (most probably due to my bad jokes)

SARAVANAM (Igor’s master gardener)

VANILLA

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Sunset in Puducherry (South India)

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ADHI (Igor’s great friend)

Sunset over the roof of my friend Vimal Raj (Puducherry)

Vimal Raj with his great friend little Parun (Nagappan’s son)

A road of my soul …

Very rare photo of Nagappan at 12 years old (Igor’s butterfly)

Magic Ones


M A G I C O N E S

King Fishers in Coconut Trees

Magic Ones


M A G I C O N E S

King Fishers in Coconut Trees

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A joyous meal all together with my family in India (Savitha, Davesh, Parun, Lishvanan) …. waiting for food!

Volley-ball match in our village (Igor’s bicke, red color Yamaha!)

S A V I T H A Igor’s treasure-angel, a beauty of Tamil-Nadu, little queen of India and brilliant student

C H E E R T O T H E M I N T H E I N N ER C H A M B E R S

In memory of my dear RAJASHEKAR (photo taken one week before his death) - Rajashekar watering Igor’s garden in Aspiration (Tamil-Nadu)

YURA at 17 years old (Igor's closest friend since childhood)

YURA at 17 years old (Igor's closest friend since childhood)

YURA KNIAZEFF  (Classical Dancer, Ballet School of the  National Opera of Paris  ; Soloist). Yura is the only son of late Nina Vyrubova, Prima Ballerina assoluta of the  "Marquis de Cuevas Ballet",  and "Danseuse Etoile" of the  National Opera of Paris Ballet . She was also a great dance teacher, Rudolf Nureev and other great names of classical dance attending her classes.

YURA KNIAZEFF (Classical Dancer, Ballet School of the National Opera of Paris ; Soloist). Yura is the only son of late Nina Vyrubova, Prima Ballerina assoluta of the "Marquis de Cuevas Ballet", and "Danseuse Etoile" of the National Opera of Paris Ballet. She was also a great dance teacher, Rudolf Nureev and other great names of classical dance attending her classes.

SYLVIO GUALDA  playing the percussion solo score of "Aor"  (National Opera of Paris, music Igor Wakhevitch)

SYLVIO GUALDA playing the percussion solo score of "Aor" (National Opera of Paris, music Igor Wakhevitch)

Anne of Britanny (1477-1514) Igor Wakhevitch's muse under the spectral form of  EVE BRENER

Anne of Britanny (1477-1514) Igor Wakhevitch's muse under the spectral form of EVE BRENER

Human beings made of stardust ..... (Namaste in Nepal)

Human beings made of stardust ..... (Namaste in Nepal)

Talvin Singh, Vijay Ghate, Niladri Kumar (Indian classical music great performers and leaders of Indian progressive rock (electronic, tablas, sitar)

Talvin Singh, Vijay Ghate, Niladri Kumar (Indian classical music great performers and leaders of Indian progressive rock (electronic, tablas, sitar)

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ADHI style (Photo below: Igor’s magic ears)

USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN the Master of the Sarod. Living treasure of India

USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN the Master of the Sarod. Living treasure of India

Touring with Igor in France. Mutual great esteem between Khan saheeb, Maestro Amjad Ali Khan and Igor Wakhevitch (Igor-ji)

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MANI (Igor’s close friend)

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Igor Wakhevitch


IGOR WAKHEVITCH started his career as a brillant classical pianist student  and also was the pupil of the great french composer Olivier Messiaen at the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse”  in Paris, the most famous musical school of France where h

 

Igor Wakhevitch is a a french composer who has worked in many musical directions, always sensitive to new ways of expressing sonic sound constructions. In different contexts, he explored the acousmatic approach of processed sounds but also occasionaly dissipates this compositional form into psych rock aesthetic.

His musical back-ground is heavily influenced by contemporary avant-garde, dodecaphonism and sound experimentations.

He notably learned electroacoustic technics with the french « Group of Musical Research » (French National Radio ORTF) under the guidance of Pierre Schaeffer, a famous visionnary musicologist.

« Logos » (EMI) and « Nagual » (EMI), « Hathor » (Atlantic) « Let’s Start » (EMI), and many other compositionsreveal pretty excellent spectral forms and modulations which concentrates the listener in seriously profound, immersive mentalscapes. A few pieces contain rocking, spaced out instrumentations in the genre of cosmic krautrock classics (during this early period, Igor Wakhevitch was also a great friend of Robert Wyatt and Mick Ratledge, the legendary leaders of the british psychedelic rock band, the Soft Machine ; he had also several encounters with David Gilmour and  the legendary british band the Pink Floyd .

 

In 1974, Igor Wakhevitch was asked to compose the music of Salvador Dali’s opera « Être Dieu » (To Be God) with Salvador Dali acting his own charachter. Recorded in EMI Studios in Paris.

 

Igor Wakhevitch works, past and future, are largely reserved to dance-theatre, cinema, opera performances, epic electronic pieces blended with symphonic orchestra, choirs, entities, abstract elements, elemental creatures, telluric beings, invisible cratures, occult instruments, hidden worlds, and straight meditative synthezisers. All IW's career provides a subliminal collection of experimental electronic recordings.

 

In 1989, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Sri Rajiv Gandhi wrote an official letter to Igor:  « Dear Igor, thank you for your music which reflect the deep commitment to peace and human brotherhood to which you are so ardently devoted, your sincerely Rajiv Gandhi »

 

In 1991, Igor Wakhevitch had the privilege to encounter the Dalaï-Lama in Dharmasala for a private audience in His Holiness personal appartement : Igor has been the first artist to invite in Paris the « Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts » for a one month performance in the famous Theatre du Rond-Point.

 

For many years Igor Wakhevitch (known as « Igor-ji » in  the world of India’s classical music) has organised concerts and recitals of the greatest maestros of Indian classical music in Europe and particularly in Paris.

 

During the past fourty years, “Igor-ji” devoted himself to Indian Culture and secular tradition and was praised for his achievements and contributions by some of the greatest maestros of India, like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pandit Rashid Khan, Gundecha Brothers, S. Shashank, etc.
 

Igor Wakhevitch


IGOR WAKHEVITCH started his career as a brillant classical pianist student  and also was the pupil of the great french composer Olivier Messiaen at the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse”  in Paris, the most famous musical school of France where h

 

Igor Wakhevitch is a a french composer who has worked in many musical directions, always sensitive to new ways of expressing sonic sound constructions. In different contexts, he explored the acousmatic approach of processed sounds but also occasionaly dissipates this compositional form into psych rock aesthetic.

His musical back-ground is heavily influenced by contemporary avant-garde, dodecaphonism and sound experimentations.

He notably learned electroacoustic technics with the french « Group of Musical Research » (French National Radio ORTF) under the guidance of Pierre Schaeffer, a famous visionnary musicologist.

« Logos » (EMI) and « Nagual » (EMI), « Hathor » (Atlantic) « Let’s Start » (EMI), and many other compositionsreveal pretty excellent spectral forms and modulations which concentrates the listener in seriously profound, immersive mentalscapes. A few pieces contain rocking, spaced out instrumentations in the genre of cosmic krautrock classics (during this early period, Igor Wakhevitch was also a great friend of Robert Wyatt and Mick Ratledge, the legendary leaders of the british psychedelic rock band, the Soft Machine ; he had also several encounters with David Gilmour and  the legendary british band the Pink Floyd .

 

In 1974, Igor Wakhevitch was asked to compose the music of Salvador Dali’s opera « Être Dieu » (To Be God) with Salvador Dali acting his own charachter. Recorded in EMI Studios in Paris.

 

Igor Wakhevitch works, past and future, are largely reserved to dance-theatre, cinema, opera performances, epic electronic pieces blended with symphonic orchestra, choirs, entities, abstract elements, elemental creatures, telluric beings, invisible cratures, occult instruments, hidden worlds, and straight meditative synthezisers. All IW's career provides a subliminal collection of experimental electronic recordings.

 

In 1989, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Sri Rajiv Gandhi wrote an official letter to Igor:  « Dear Igor, thank you for your music which reflect the deep commitment to peace and human brotherhood to which you are so ardently devoted, your sincerely Rajiv Gandhi »

 

In 1991, Igor Wakhevitch had the privilege to encounter the Dalaï-Lama in Dharmasala for a private audience in His Holiness personal appartement : Igor has been the first artist to invite in Paris the « Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts » for a one month performance in the famous Theatre du Rond-Point.

 

For many years Igor Wakhevitch (known as « Igor-ji » in  the world of India’s classical music) has organised concerts and recitals of the greatest maestros of Indian classical music in Europe and particularly in Paris.

 

During the past fourty years, “Igor-ji” devoted himself to Indian Culture and secular tradition and was praised for his achievements and contributions by some of the greatest maestros of India, like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Pandit Rashid Khan, Gundecha Brothers, S. Shashank, etc.
 

             

"Un Voyant intérieur, un Connaisseur de l'ordre du plan,

Caché derrière nos pas du moment,

Inspire notre ascension vers des hauteurs jamais vues

Comme jadis il inspirait l'abyssal plongeon de la naissance et de la vie.

Son appel avait atteint le Voyageur du Temps.

Solitaire dans une solitude insondée,

Il voyageait dans sa force silencieuse et résolue

Portant le fardeau du désir d'un monde.

Une Paix sans forme appelait, une Lumière sans nom.

Au-dessus de lui, brillait le Rayon blanc immobile,

Autour de lui, les Silences Eternels.

Nulle borne ne marquait la haute tentative,

Mondes après mondes dévoilaient leurs puissances gardées,

Cieux après cieux, leurs profondes béatitudes,

Mais toujours l'Invisible Aimant tirait son âme.

Telle une petite forme seule sur l'échelle géante de la Nature,

Il grimpait vers un but indiscernable

Sur le sommet nu des choses créées"

                                                                                                 "SAVITRI"  Livre II : "Le Livre du Voyageur des Mondes"  

                                                                                                  Chant Un : L'Escalier du Monde

                                                                                                                                                                 Sri AUROBINDO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

King Fishers are smart


K I N G F I S H E R S ARE S M A R T

King Fishers are smart


K I N G F I S H E R S ARE S M A R T

Prince LiSHVANAN

Prince LiSHVANAN

USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN  the great Indian Maestro of the tablas. A living legend. (photo copyright Igor Wakhevitch)

USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN the great Indian Maestro of the tablas. A living legend. (photo copyright Igor Wakhevitch)

“The Sacred Drums of India” (tour in Spain with Igor) … from left to right: Suresh Vidyanathan (gatam), Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri flute), Shubankhar Banerjee (tabla) Gopal Barman (srikhol)

“The Sacred Drums of India” (tour in Spain with Igor) … from left to right: Suresh Vidyanathan (gatam), Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri flute), Shubankhar Banerjee (tabla) Gopal Barman (srikhol)

LISHVANAN

"That moves and That moves not; That is far and the same is near; That is within all this and That also is outside all this" (Isha Upanishad 5)

“But he who sees everywhere the Self in all existences and all existences in the Self, shrinks not thereafter from aught" (isha Upanishad 6)

Photo below : SRI AUROBINDO (Kolkata 15th August 1872 - Puducherry 5th December 1950)

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Rolling Landscape


A seer within who knows the ordered plan

Concealed behind our momentary steps,

Inspires our ascent to viewless heights

As once the abysmal leap to earth and life.

His call had reached the Traveler in Time.

Apart in an unfathomed loneliness,

He travelled in his mute and single strenght

Bearing the burden of the world's desire.

A formless Stillness called, a nameless Light.

Above him the eternal Silences.

No term was fixed to the high-pitched attempt;

World after world disclosed its guarded powers,

Heaven after heaven its deep beatitudes,

But still the invisible Magnet drew his soul.

A figure sole on Nature's giant stair,

He mounted towards an indiscernible end

On the bare summit of created things.                 

                                              "Savitri "  Book II : The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds.

Canto I :   " The World-Stair"

Sri AUROBINDO

 

                                                     

 

 

 

Rolling Landscape


A seer within who knows the ordered plan

Concealed behind our momentary steps,

Inspires our ascent to viewless heights

As once the abysmal leap to earth and life.

His call had reached the Traveler in Time.

Apart in an unfathomed loneliness,

He travelled in his mute and single strenght

Bearing the burden of the world's desire.

A formless Stillness called, a nameless Light.

Above him the eternal Silences.

No term was fixed to the high-pitched attempt;

World after world disclosed its guarded powers,

Heaven after heaven its deep beatitudes,

But still the invisible Magnet drew his soul.

A figure sole on Nature's giant stair,

He mounted towards an indiscernible end

On the bare summit of created things.                 

                                              "Savitri "  Book II : The Book of the Traveller of the Worlds.

Canto I :   " The World-Stair"

Sri AUROBINDO

 

                                                     

 

 

 

 

                                                  "TO LIVE IS THE RAREST THING IN THE WORLD. MOST PEOPLE EXIST, THAT IS ALL"

                                                                                                                                                                                              Oscar Wilde

Igor Wakhevitch.  Drawing by Serge Ivanov

Igor Wakhevitch. Drawing by Serge Ivanov

       

« Tu désires voir, écoute : l’audition est un degré vers la vision »

                                           Bernard de Clairvaux

                                                                                                                                  

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SRI AUROBINDO GAYATRI

                          OM TAT SAVITUR VARAM RUPAM PARASA DHIMAHI YANNAH SATYENA DIPAYET

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"We call to guard us that brillant Fire, the universal godhead, who grows in the mother, the master of the word, the speaker and the hearer, for the human being's forming of the godhead, the illumined Seer, the Guest, the swift Traveller"

                                       Hymns of the Mystic Fire

Gathina Vishwamitra  (Mandala Three, Sukta 26)

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"We call to guard us that brillant Fire, the universal godhead, who grows in the mother, the master of the word, the speaker and the hearer, for the human being's forming of the godhead, the illumined Seer, the Guest, the swift Traveller"

                                       Hymns of the Mystic Fire

Gathina Vishwamitra  (Mandala Three, Sukta 26)

the Mother


the Mother


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"In the anomalies of the human heart

Where Good and Evil are close bedfellows

And Light is by Darkness dogged at everystep.

Where his largest knowledge is an ignorance,

I am the Power that labours toward the best

And works for God and looks up toward the heights,

I make even sin and errors stepping-stones

And all experiences a long march toward  Light

                                        Sri Aurobindo  ("Savitri", Book Seven, Canto IV)

 

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"In the anomalies of the human heart

Where Good and Evil are close bedfellows

And Light is by Darkness dogged at everystep.

Where his largest knowledge is an ignorance,

I am the Power that labours toward the best

And works for God and looks up toward the heights,

I make even sin and errors stepping-stones

And all experiences a long march toward  Light

                                        Sri Aurobindo  ("Savitri", Book Seven, Canto IV)