medici.tv met Philippe Manoury and asked him to talk about this photoshoot. This is what he told us:
“I hate posing, it makes me feel ill-at-ease. People ask for pictures, so I try as much as I can to group sessions, so I don’t have to take pictures for a while. Everyone is demanding, newspapers, radios, orchestras, festivals … I won’t go against customs. The nice thing about Guy Vivien is that he is very good at making you feel comfortable.
“I met Guy in the 1980s, he was working on an album named Gens de musique. These photos were taken at the Theatre du Chatelet. What is now a smoking-room was just a storage room at the time. I was working on an opera and I was good friends with Stephane Lissner, now director of La Scala, who was the director of the Theatre du Chatelet at the time. I told him that I was lacking space, so he gave me granted access to these rooms. I remember this big chair … I installed a piano and a table, and spent days and nights in the theater. I could even go on the rooftop. What interested me there, was that there were rehearsals all the time. So I could work, and then in the afternoon, if I wanted to attend a rehearsal of an opera by Mozart or Wagner, I just had to go downstairs, it was truly idyllic. I love theaters, I could spend my life in theaters. And at that time, somewhat, I did.”
Many thanks and a happy birthday to Philippe Manoury who celebrated his 60th birthday this week!
An iconic composer of the 1950s-1960s, who embodied experimental music in Italy and all through the world, Luciano Berio was also a conductor of international fame, a passionate of literature and anthropology, and a man who did not abandon any project as long as it could promote classical and contemporary music (in 2002 he supervised the inauguration of the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome). Guy Vivien‘s most beautiful pictures of the Maestro:
Born in 1931, Mauricio Kagel started a brilliant career in his native Buenos Aires, where he notably conducted the Teatro Colón Orchestra, before he moved to Germany in 1957. There, the composer’s talents reveal themsleves. Mauricio Kagel takes classes of electronic music, phonetics and science of communication in Bonn with Meyer-Eppler, who also was Stockhausen’s teacher. But above all, Kagel is interested in drama (he is the co-founder of the Argentine Cinematheque and also wrote for cinema newspapers). From 1964 onward, he dedicates himself to theatrical activities, and even writes movies which he also directs. He dies in 2008 in Cologne.
- More information about Mauricio Kagel on www.mauricio-kagel.com
- Visit Guy Vivien’s website.
Bruno Mantovani is one of the leading figures of contemporary music. Appointed director of the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) in 2010, he still has a very intense creative activity, and his works are very often performed.
Guy Vivien is a photographer. A passionate of music, he has portrayed the greatest composers and performers of our time. Since the 1970s, he has built up a collection gathering hundreds of clichés on which appear such legendary artists as Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Georges Aperghis, Henri Dutilleux, Pierre Henry, but also Marc Minkowski, Gustav Leonhardt, Ivan Fischer, Fabio Biondi, Leif Ove Andsnes, Felicity Lott…
His emblematic portraits, often made in black and white, display a really intimate atmosphere, maybe because most of them were shot at the subjects’ personal homes, and also maybe because Guy Vivien has the trust of these artists on his side. A gigantic collection in terms of volume and hours of work, which will soon be exhibited on the medici.tv blog!