Florent Caron Darras
French composer born in 1986 in Nigata Shi, Japan.
Florent Caron Darras was born in 1986 in Japan. He began studying musical practice through Gregorian chant as a member of the choir of the École Maîtrisienne des Pays de la Loire, and studied classical percussion at the Conservatoire d’Angers. He earned a masters degree in contemporary musical research at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne. He studied composition with Jean-Luc Hervé and Yan Maresz before enrolling at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP), where he took classes with Stefano Gervasoni and Luis Naón. He received four Prix in the course of his conservatory studies in composition, improvisation, analysis, and aesthetics (working on the relationships and interactions between music and soundscapes). Tristan Murail, Toshio Hosokawa, Bryan Ferneyhough, Mark Andre, Yann Robin, Raphaël Cendo, and Fabien Lévy were all important influences, conversing with and advising Caron Darras during this period. Soon after, he participated in Cursus (the IRCAM’s composition and computer music course). With an agrégation degree in music, Caron Darras now teaches acoustics, analysis, and music history at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest while continuing his research into Georgian polyphony with Simha Arom. In 2019, he enters the Ph.D program SACRe of Université PSL, within the École Normale Supérieure doctoral school and under the direction of Makis Solomos and Gérard Pesson.
He has worked with numerous ensembles, including the Ensemble intercontemporain and the Multilatérale, Regards, and Muromachi (Tokyo) Ensembles, as well as the Castalian Quartet (London). Additionally, he has worked with performers such as Marie Ythier, Annabelle Jarre, Fanny Vicens, and Nicolas Arsenijevic, as well as conductors Matthias Pintscher, David Reiland, Léo Warynski, and Simon Proust. His music has been broadcast by France Musique and on the GRM’s acousmonium, and performed at the Philharmonie de Paris, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Studio 104 at the Maison de la Radio, and the Centquatre-Paris, as well as festivals including ManiFeste, Présences, Mixtur (Barcelona), and the Milan World Expo. He has received fellowships from the Fondation de France (Prix Monique Rollin), the Fondation Meyer, and the SACEM.
Florent Caron Darras is equally drawn to spectral music, electronic music, and traditional music (particularly that of Iran and Japan), and writes music that “questions sonic models, territories, ornaments and attacks, inspired even in his titles by the relationships between humans, environment and technology.”
© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2019
Site personnel du compositeur ; base Ulysses.
- Solo (excluding voice)
- Au Seuil for cello (2011), 5 mn
- Chute des êtres du ciel for harp (2015), 8 mn
- Miniature for baritone saxophone (2018), 3 mn
- elec ircam Ircam cursus Technotope for baritone saxophone and electronics (2019), 8 mn [program note]
- Célestiel for solo harp (2020), 2 mn 30 s
- Signal for solo organ (2020), 13 mn
- Chamber music
- Sirius for vibraphone and piano (2009), 5 mn
- Pripyat for vibraphone and piano (2011), 10 mn
- Lithorus for brass quintet (2012), 9 mn
- Guitar Duet (2013), 7 mn
- elec Nous aurons nié l'altération du monde for dancers, saxophone, double bass and electronic device (2014)
- Extinctions for saxophone, piano and percussion (2015), 10 mn
- Forgerons for two pianos and two percussions (2015), 16 mn
- Miniature for string trio (2015), 4 mn
- Littoral for string quartet (2016), 11 mn
- Trio for flute, violin and harp (2016), 7 mn
- Triangles for three marimbas (2017), 9 mn
- Projections for baritone saxophone and piano (2018), 7 mn
- Traversée for violin, cello and accordion (2018), 8 mn
- Neghentropia for trumpet, microtonal accordion XAMP, electric guitar and piano (2020), 3 mn
- Cadran for two microtonal accordions (2021), 5 mn
- Rives for clarinet, saxophone, violin and cello (2021), 12 mn
- Microquartz for trumpet, 2 horns and tuba (2022), 3 mn
- Territoires - αlpha 1 pedagogical piece for piano and percussion (2022), 2 mn
- Territoires - αlpha 2 pedagogical piece for flute, harp and percussion (2022), 2 mn
- Instrumental ensemble music
- Ruins for orchestra (2011), 6 mn
- Cordes enlacées for six instruments (2012), 10 mn
- Soleil mat for seven instruments (2014), 11 mn
- Fleur de Feu for twelve instruments (2015), 10 mn
- Insurgés for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello (2015), 4 mn
- Portal for ensemble of eleven musicians (2016), 7 mn
- elec Sentinelle Nord for 21 musicians and 8-channel electroacoustic device (2017), 20 mn [program note]
- Milan Noir for six musicians (2018), 10 mn
- Territoires for eight musicians (2021), 15 mn
- Lumina for large ensemble (2022)
- Electronic music / fixed media / mechanical musical instruments
- Sirius for vibraphone and piano, 5 mn
- Site de Florent Caron Darras : www.florentcdarras.com
- SoundCloud : www.soundcloud.com
- Présentation de Florent Caron Darras lors des présentations individuelles des étudiants du Cursus de l’Ircam (novembre 2018).
- Laurent Fassol, « Symboles et musique. Entretien avec Florent Caron Darras, compositeur », magazine en ligne de l’Ensemble Intercontemporain, 4 février 2019.
- « Florent Caron Darras. Le vivant et l’artifice, enjeux temporels de l’ouverture au paysage sonore », conférence donnée à l’Ircam le 29 juin 2021.
- Signal de Florent Caron Darras dans Création mondiale de Anne Montaron sur France Musique, le 5 septembre 2021.
(liens vérifiés en septembre 2022).