THEY MAKE music on the spot, improvise it and align it simultaneously with their mood, all the while keeping their finger on the audience’s pulse and the temperature outside.
All the way from France, Piloot is not a regular French band that just makes music. The trio instead create music live on stage, and in the process, the three musicians happily interchange their roles: unexpectedly the flute becomes percussive, the double bass harmonious and the drums melodious.
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“As a result, a captivating music emerges, propelling the listener and the musicians to new auditory landscapes,” says flautist Florian Guibert. Accompanied by double bassist Cyrille de Haes and drummer Jean-Philippe De Gheest-Batterie, the three form Piloot, a band influenced by complementary musical influences (of jazz, rock, world and electronic music).
In Chandigarh for a performance on the evening of May 13 courtesy Alliance Francaise, the three accomplished musicians talk about the kick of going live, of letting go of all musical apprehensions while playing and surrendering to the joys of spontaneous composition of trans-improvisation on stage.
“We are always in search of new sensations. We hold a musical discussion on stage when we play and the improvisations, playing around with chords and notes, and rhythm brings us closer to similar experiments done in Indian classical music,” says Guibert.
In the endeavour to sculpt sound, they also open it to different and diverse cultures. So, in India, in their to act performance, they invited city-based tabla player Avirbhav Verma to join them for act two.
“This is Piloot meets India, two cultures, one confluence,” smiles Guibert.
“When we make music live without rehearsals, we are venturing into unchartered musical landscape, piloting our music with on-the-spot compositions. We find it challenging for it cuts out all kinds of preparations, the stress of planning, thinking ahead of time. By going in with no expectation or back-up or planning puts no pressure or stress,” feels Guibert, who has been exploring many musical genres and styles, from traditional Australia to Latin America, via Indian and also toured India with his audio visual project IF Trio in 2013.
Cyrille de Haes, on the ther hand, works on Soundpainting in Belgium and organises shows joining dance theatre and music with the Matters Collective. As for Jean-Philippe De Gheest – Batterie, he is immersed in the world of sounds and experimentations.