le nouveau monde - Tom Christopher



le nouveau monde - Tom Christopher
The Tamenaga gallery
New World
Symphony n°9
composed by Anton Dvorak
The Concept
Music / Painting
Generally, music accompanies the image (we are talking of sound illustration) and very often it
underlines the image - in this particular case the reverse is ongoing.
This complementarity ''image /sound'' is unusual in a way that here, image is painting, the image
being automatically interpreted, it is the image which will illustrate the music.
The paintings are realized considering the sheet music and Dvorak's personal marks. On another
hand the Conductor will be aware, especially with the colors, to give this symphony a new breath.
It is an unusual work, work symbiosis and harmony. Finally, an ''audiovisual work'' calls all creativity
Up to now, the ''New World Symphony'' approach has never been reached tried and reached.
Today, more than ever, we feel the need to find new language expressions.
This marriage ''music / painting'' meets a new approach which corresponds to our times and all the
new techniques for new ways of expressing all forms of art, that the audience is waiting for.
So that amateurs of paintings will be guided to the music and the music lovers to the paintings.
The day of the opening, a concert will be held.
During this concert, a huge projection of images will be the background of the orchestra.
This wall of images will be made with fixed images and/or in movements realized from the paintings.
This visual environment, especially made for the concert, will be the base, from the beginning, of
the concept ''music/painting'' complimentarily.
This compilation of images will have a second version in which will be incorporated various
orchestra plans, documents, but also some represented sites in painting by the artists. This second
version will be justified particularly for DVD and TV diffusions.
It is Alain Kleinmann who realized the first nine paintings in harmony with the
first movement, as from a very precise musical fragmentation.
His aims of reflection and creation were done as following :
North America in the 1900
Arrival in New York
Alain Kleinmann
Alain Kleinmann is born in Paris in 1953, where he lives and works. More than a hundred personal
exhibitions were dedicated to him in different galleries, museums, modern art centers, in several
countries (Europe, USA, South America, Africa).
His work is in most of the international fairs : FIAC (Paris), Art Paris, New York Art Fair (USA), Art
Miami (USA), Istambul Art Fair (Turkey), Art Jonction (Nice - France), ST'Art (Strasbourg - France),
Lineart (Gand - Belgium)...
The majority of the most important museums have shown his work : Centre Pompidou (Paris),
Musee Leonard a Vinci (Milan), Science Museum (London), Kunsthalle (Berlin), New York Coliseum
(NY), Tekniska Museet (Stockholm), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Palais de Beaulieu
(Lausanne), Palacio Velasquez (Madrid), ELAC (Lyon), Musee Municipal (Bat Yam), Musee Tretiakov d'Art Contemporain (Moscow), Musee Charlottenberg (Copenhagen), Musee Technische
Hogescholl (Delft), Musee Mercal & Born (Barcelona) Magnes Museum (San Fransisco), Musee de
l'Academie des Beaux-Arts (Pekin), Musee de Chandong, Musee de Shengzen, Musee d'Art
Contemporain (Santiago de Chili), Tokyo Bunkamura Museum (Tokyo), Loft Museum (Nagoya),
Kirin Plaza Fundation (Osaka)....
About ten monographies have been issued on his work including Aragon, Marcel Marceau, Andre
Glucksmann, Elie Wiesel, Vladimir Yankelevitch, Ivry Gitlis, Georges Moustaki, Hastaire, Martin
Gray, Richard Dembo, Pierre Restany, texts.....
He wrote a book named ''La peinture et autres lieux'' (Paintings and other places) edited by Dima in
2002, created theatre decors (Theatre La Bruyere - Paris, Maison des Arts - Creteil) and multiple
book covers.
Several movies and university thesis’s have been dedicated to his work.
He is also co-creator with Hastaire of the ''Groupe Memoire'' (Kleinman, Hastaire, Kuper, Zaborov,
Vaughn-James, Aryckx...)
Maurice Tasler has realized the ten following paintings relating to the 2nd
movement, with a very precise musical cut out.
His reflection and creation were as following :
From the Atlantic to the Pacific
Big Spaces
Contrast and diversity
Maurice Tasler
It is interesting to point out two significant anecdotes on Tasler. He is 7 years old when his
Aunt takes him to the Louvre. He is fascinated by the Impressionists and decides with no
doubt, that he will be a painter. From this moment, he never stops designing and painting.
Five years later, he goes to a Chopin Recital given by Arthur Rubinstein.
He comes out of it extremely touched and decides to become a musician too. He starts
playing piano, first classical, through the Conservatorium, then leads to jazz. While he was
continuing his education, for years he devotes himself to this music where improvisation is
first, and that, with numerous known musicians.
But life will decide differently without leaving these two passions.
At the age of 35, he decides to devote himself to the 7th Art (film creations). He is
simultaneously, a writer, a producer, and realizes, long and short movies. At the same
period, for 15 years he travels the world, listens and records with his movie camera, makes
images which are catching attention. He is rewarded several times, especially in Cannes,
Los Angeles and Paris.
As he likes risks and change, in 1992 he decides to realize a last movie sequence, to enable
him to totally lean back towards his first childhood passion, painting.
He exchanges his movie camera for brushes: his images are no more projected on screen
but on canvas using the rigor for the settling, the composition and the light.
Tasler does not like ''flashbacks'' nor looking back, only aims the future.
Do not ask him what he has done; he is only passionate in what he will do.
Paris - Cannes - Marseille - Honfleur - Barbizon - Brussels - Amsterdam - Rome - New York
- Montreal - Venice - Moscow - Oslo - Prague, have received him.
Each and every exhibition has a precise theme = Promised Land Impressions, Desert
Impressions, Voyage to the Holy Land, Mysterious Impressions, Four Seasons in Europe,
Cosmos, the Good and the Bad Flowers, Saint-Victoire Impressions.
Elected Painter of the Earth and Painter of the Peace, Tasler is continuing this creations, but
his research for several years is aiming to associate Music and Painting.
David Kessel continued this fresco with 9 paintings on the 3rd Movement.
His reflection and creation axles were as following :
American People diversity
Populations from primitive of contemporary
David Kessel
Music, Circus, ''La Belle Epoque, Cigars, are dear themes for him.
His playful connection with life and his easy capability to connect is reflected by his
colorful painting.
Deeply in Jewish tradition and Talmud, he aims to share his emotions and imagines
the whole transmission of colors in an opened world.
''Painting should reflect the spirit, the soul of the painter.
Imagination should be stronger than knowledge. It should be expression.
To outgrow is to sublimate'' David Kessel.
For more than twenty years, many international exhibitions stake out his life.
1989 1991 1993 1996 2000 2001 2002 2003 2005 2006 2007 -
Musee du Jeu de Paume - Paris
Ligne vaisselle ''Judaica'' - New York and Washington
Cultural Center - Montreal
Maison France-Israel - Paris
Jewish Tradition week - Milan
Rabbi Center - Brussels
Book issued ''The soul of the letter''
Art Expo - New York
Marciano Gallery - Honfleur
Cultural Center - Bal Harbour - Miami
in auction places since
Permanent exhibition in Saba Gallery - Fort Lauderdale - Florida
Creation of ''Artists and Life'' Association
''Artists and Life'' - Arche de la Defense - Paris
Espace Cardin - Upi Sar'el - Paris
Salon des Independants - Grand Palais - Paris
''Artists and Life'' - Arche de la Defense - Paris
Ligne Vaisselle ''The soul of the letters''
'Artists and Life'' - Arche de la Defense - Paris
In numerous private collections in France and foreign countries. Referenced Artprice
and Akoun.
Tom Christopher is finishing this artistic application with 10 paintings in accordance
with the 4th movement.
His reflection and creation axles, were as following :
America today
Modernism under different aspects
Tom Christopher
Born in Hollywood - California
Studies Art at the Museum of Art in Passadena, California
Studies painting in State University of Sonoma - California
Works for Disney,- Anaheim - California
Receives BFA from the Art Center College - Passadena - California
Works for CBS Records
Receives the ''Gold Record'' of creativity award
Works for NBC Studios - Burbank - California
Realizes the putting up of the Californian Museum of Science & Industry
Moves to New York City
Works for CBS Network News as a trial designer
Realizes several works for People Magazine, Fortune and Wall Street Journal
Writes articles on Art by computer for PC Magazine
Creates software and a book for MacArt Department (published by Simon Schuster)
Does paintings for the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles for a public channel
of diffusion (JFK : A one man show) and for Polygram Records - Verve Jazz Series
Drawings to report the Grand Prix of Las Vegas - St Elizabeth's Hospital and
Psychology today.
Trip with the Hockey team of the Soviet Red Army, for the National League of
1986/87 Realizes paintings for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Thorn EMI Atlantic
Monthly, League of American Theatres and Producers, Bertlesman Music Group,
Times Square BID (Business Improvement District) and for the Private Industry
Council of New York.
Realizes a wall painting, Floating I-Beam (70 x 280 cm) with Richard Bellamy, Oil
and Steal Gallery, Long Island City - New York, Socrate Sculpture Park - Long Island
City - New York, Hammersbrush, Bronze, Mason's Trowel (6 m x 19 m).
Teaches at Parson School of Designs- New York
Realizes a wall painting ordered by NewsCorp, Rockfeller Center - New York
MTA, Art in Transit, Subway Poster Series - New York
Realizes a new lign of snowboards for Burton (world leader)
Does a wall painting for Dassault Falcon Jet, in Teterboro Airport - New Jersey
Has an order from the Official Guide of New York City
Initiates an auction for the Art of America Twin towers auction
Anton Dvorak
Antonin DVORAK (1841-1904) as his elder Bedrich SMETANA and his younger
Leos JANACEK and Bohuslav MARTINU, imposed himself on the world stage as the
Master off Tchech music. How did DVORAK, who died hundred years ago and
whose life covers the second half of the 19th century, become at the same time the
most popular Tchech composer, the whole population's incarnation, in his absolutes
and his contradictions? How this Bohemian peasant, miraculosly talented, trained to
music by an intuitive cantor, Antonin Liehmann, became a Wagner admirer, then
detached from him to be under the influence of an other german Johanes Brahms,
for the benefit of music, immediately recognizable through the Bohemian colors ?
Differently said, why this musician nursed by the villages, popular music, balls and
churches, showed himself so curious of German modern movements, and how did
he back up from it, to simply be Dvorak, Tchech musician ? Finally, how this artist
born in a bohemian universe, forced to the German language and trained to German
model music, is totally symbolized by the Tchech people's genius ? Guy Erismannn
is guiding us in this path, from his native village to the British and German Concert
Halls, where Dvorak is cheered, then New York, where he has been called to run the
newly created Music Academy, and places each of his work, from the most known
(symphonies or chamber music) to those which we discovered recently (sacred vocal
music and especially operas), in their personal and historical context.
Presentation of the Symphony n° 9
by Anton Dvorak
Anton DVORAK, New York Herald Tribune, december 15, 1893 : I think the black and
Indian music are almost identical to the european ones used by Mendelssohn (Les
Hebrides), the ancient clerical types? modes, Felicien David in his Symphony ''The
Desert'', Verdi in ''Aida'' and myself in my 7th Symphony in D-Mibnor. I thoroughly
studied a good number of Indian melodies a friend gave me, and deeply inspired
myself from their characteristics - in fact from their souls.
This is the spirit which I tried to reproduce in my new Symphony. I did not really use
these melodies ; I simply wrote original themes including Indian music distinctive
features, and using these themes as subjects, developed them with all kinds of
rhythms, harmony, counterpoint and colors of modern orchestrations.
The Symphony is in E-Flat. It is written on the classical model and in 4 movements.
It starts with a little Introduction, an Adagio of approximately 30 measures. This
conducting directly to an Allegro, incorporating the principles I exploited in the
''Danses Slaves'' ; principles used for preservation, translating into music the soul of
a race as distinct in its national melodies as in its popular songs.
The second movement is an Adagio (Largo) - but very different from the classical
pages of this form. It is in fact a study or an outline for a bigger piece, or a cantata,
or an opera which I intend to compose and should be on the long fellow ''Hiawatha''.
It has already been a long time since I have looked to use this poem. I discovered it
30 years ago through a bohemian translation. It strongly aroused my imagination, and
the impression has been stronger since I live here.
The Symphony scherzo has been inspired by the festivity scene in ''Hiawatha'' where
the Indians are dancing; it is also an attempt I did in order to make participate the
Indian heritage local colors to the music.
The last movement is an Allegro con Force (sic!). All the previous themes come back
and are treated differently. The instruments are only those we find in what we call
''Beethoven'' orchestras.. Only made with cords, 4 horns, 3 trombones, 2 trumpets, 2
flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets and kettledrums. There is no harp, and I thought no other
instrument added would bring the sound effects I wanted.
I was really very busy since I arrived in this Country. I finished 2 chamber music
pieces, which will be played by the Kniesel Quatuor of Boston, next January in the
Music Hall. - They all have been written from this Symphony same principles and
show the Indian spirit. One is a Quatuor for Cords in F-Major, and the other one is a
Quintet in E-Minor for
two violins, two violas and a cello.
France National Orchestra
Presentation of the Orchestra
In 1934, France created its first permanent Symphonic Orchestra. Inheriting the
interpretations tradition of French music the "Orchestre National de France''
wanted to get an international formation repertoire, and created major pieces of
the 20th century. From the beginning, it has been directed by the most prestigious
Date of Orchestra creation : 1934
Orchestra status ; National Society of Radio diffusion
Theoretical number of musicians : 120
Administrative and technical personal : 9 and plus services of Radio-France
President General Director : Jean-Paul CLUZEL
Music Director : Thierry BEAUVERT Second : Francois CROZE
Designated Musical Director : Kurt MASUR
General Delegate : Didier de COTTIGNIES
Administrator Delegate : Samuel SERIN
Press Relation : Camille GRABOWSKI
Patronage Relation : Vanessa PENLEY
The Conductor
Born in Silesia in 1927, Kurt MASUR is studying piano, composing and conducting in
Leipzig Music Academy, Musical Director of Erfurt and Leipzig Operas, he became the
Komishe Opera of Berlin Musical Director since.
From 1970 to 1996, Musical Director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Since 1991 Kurt
MASUR is the Musical Director of the New-York Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is also regularly invited to conduct important international orchestras (Cleveland
Orchestra, World Youth Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Orchestra of
Amsterdam Concergebouw, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra,...)
Life honorary invited conductor of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, since 1992. He
is the Principal Conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra since the beginning of
the 200-2001 season.
Kurt MASUR, for the first time in 1973, conducted the National Orchestra of France,
he is the Musical Director of it since September 2002.
Kurt MASUR made more than a hundred recording, so as the Complete Beethoven's
symphonies, Brahms, Bruckner, Mendelsohn, Shumann and Tchaikovski. He teaches
since 1975 in Leiptzig Music Academy and has the ''Honoris Causa'' diploma from
numerous institutions (Breslau Academy of Music, Hamilton College, Indiana University, Michigan University, Westminster Choir College, Yale University,...).
At the age of 20, Kiyoshi Tamenaga starts to travel. On the second
time around in Paris, he develops a friendship with Foujita and meets
Kees Van Dongen in Montparnasse. He then becomes passionate for
the French Art.
He is around Bernard Buffet and Antoni Calve. ''Suddenly I was in a
circle of performing artists''. In 1962, Kiyoshi Tamenaga decides to
organize an exhibition, which will later become a yearly event
''International Exhibition of Figurative Paintings'' with Foujita, Van
Dongen, Chagall, Picasso, Giacometti and others. He then creates
''Tamenaga Gallery” in Tokyo in 1969. This work partly allows him to
make other discoveries in the Far East, artists as Klee, Van Dongen,
Amadeo Modigliani, Moise Kisling, Maurice Utrillo, Raoul Dufy, Marie
Laurencin. He also creates several Museums such as: Georges
Rouault, Antoni Calve, Paul Aizpiri and particularly the Bernard Buffet
Thirty years later, in 2001, the Tamenaga Gallery France is totally
refurbished, and made even bigger. At that occasion, Paris discovers
the huge collection of this exhibition ''hundred master pieces''
(Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard Rouault, Marquet, Van Dongen, Dufy, Derain, Vlaminck, Utrillo, Fujita, Kissling,
Rousseau, Bauchant, Picasso, Gris, Kadinsky, Klee, Miro, Chagall, ...)
Today, Kiyoshi Tamenaga's son, Tsugo Tamenaga, takes over after
his father with his own sensitivity. He creates new exhibitions, discovers new artists, expressionists of abstract, and enables the Tamenaga
Gallery to open up, participating to big exhibitions and Art Fairs.

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