Welcome to Musikayak, the official website of the French composer Marc Kowalczyk!
Here is a short presentation of his life, work (both contemporary classical
and variety music) and musical art. A fuller text is available, but only on
the French version of this website for now.
Marc Kowalczyk was born in Clamart near Paris in 1973.
He studied piano, harmony and musical analysis at the Ecole Nationale d'Issy-les-Moulineaux,
composition at the Paris XIV Conservatoire with Roger Tessier and musicology
at the Sorbonne in Paris.
He has written three books and numerous articles on twentieth century music,
gives regular conferences, and has co-organised with the prestigious institutions
of France many events on contemporary music.
He is currently preparing an exhaustive compilation of the works of Vincent
d'Indy for CD-ROM.
An ardent defender of the music of his time, in 1992 he founded (and from 1992
to 1994 presided over) the Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Music
(APMC) with the support of SACEM, the world-wide distributor of the works of
over 70 living French composers.
He was in residence at Thouars (Deux Sevres department, near the Vendée region)
during 1995 where, thanks to concerts, conferences, exhibitions and debates,
the aesthetics of his music became known.
In 1997, he directed the collection "Clés contemporaines" for the editing house
of Pierre Lafitan.
In 1998 he composed the police opera "Délit d'innocence" which has toured the
Ile de France (the region around Paris) in two separate productions.
In June 2000 he expanded the principle of resident artist composer by choosing
the town of Vanves (Hauts de Seine department next to Paris) as the place to
associate his music with all other art forms (painting, literature, cinema,
dance, photography, sculpture and theatre).
Since 2001 he has turned to variety music and composed a musical comedy and
many single songs. Already producers have noticed the diversity of his style
and the mastery of his harmonies.
In 2004 he composed Au
coeur du piano (Pierre Lafitan Editions) a great piano's method with residences
He has written over 70 pieces of contemporary music, all of which have been
created and subsequently performed, from solo to orchestral including vocal.
They feature regularly in the programmes of festivals, salons, music schools
and at other diverse events both in France and abroad. The majority of his work
is available on compact disc (6 CDs are currently available).
His contemporary works are classified by "series" of ideas developing one aspect
of music, divided as required into "movements". His principal commissions to
date have been: Tramixten S.12 M.A and Hopasko S.16 M.C for ADDM
79 in 1994; Et leurs idées reçues Série 19 for the State in 1994; Mixtition
Série 21 for the town of Thouars during his 1995 residency; Pour une
danse Série 31 for the Perpignan Festival Aujourd'hui Musiques in 1996;
Duo progressif S.30 M.B for the Mouvement Musique Rationnelle in 1997;
Stochos Série 36 for the Orchestre Confluence in 1998; Jeu d'or S.15
M.J and Voix contemporaine S.33 M.D for the Vanves music school during
his 2000 residency.
He writes emotive sounds having behind them a whole history (literary, emotional
or visual) using complex theoretical even sometimes scientific forms, adapted
to the desired psychological character. The message is transmitted and evolves
through the work's sonorous architecture. The aesthetics of his music consequently
named "rational" are presented at numerous musical events.
Building on his solid grounding in classical music, he has turned to variety
music where his art of melody can be freely expressed. Touching all musical
styles (French variety, rap, salsa, groove, disco, dance, rumba…), he has rediscovered
his pleasure in writing music with beautiful melodies full of emotion based
on harmonies which find their origins in classical principles yet are rich and
diverse. Besides a musical comedy awaiting production (29 songs, Chances productions),
he has composed 4 songs for a girl-boy duo (Too You Fun, King Caméléo Production),
the disco song Dieu est une femme (Stéphanie Pétrequin, Dune Sound) and
the rumba Dance for ever for the Grand prix de Paris de Danse sportive
latine, danced by the French champions on 2 February 2003 at Paris-Bercy (Olivier
Constantin, Gérard Louas Production).
His forthcoming projects include a song for the Ile de la Réunion, further dance
songs, and other independent projects...
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(Translation Helen Orrin, 2003)