NEXMAP – New Experimental Music, Art, Performance

An evening of new music where composition and improvisation join in a collaborative performance with video and mixed media.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 17, 2008 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


General admission $20 / students and senior $15

“Artistic traditions are evolving and transforming through the integration of electronic and digital tools. New Medias are creating a global artistic landscape. It is these intersections that NEXMAP is exploring through our Binary Cities Series of performances…” states Linda Bouchard, NEXMAP’s artistic director.
François Houle and Benoit Delbecq’s collaborative performances include pieces for piano or prepared piano and clarinets, solo improvisation, all with electronic manipulations. As the music unfolds, composition and improvisation seem to flow together into a continuum where jazz, new music and world music fuse. This collaborative performance with video and mixed media by Frédéric St-Hilaire (aka Cinétik) inspires the audience to listen to a world in constant evolution and transformation. Delbecq’s contemplative piano “fabrics” draw on Cage, Ligeti, and African timbres and polyrhythms. Houle’s approach has been inspired by Evan Parker and clarinetist William O. Smith’s multi-layered sonic explorations.


7:00 pm doors open / mixer
8:00 pm performance starts
9:00 pm reception with the artists (hosted bar)


Benoit Delbecq

Benoit Delbecq is a Paris-based French pianist and keyboardist who has created his own music using ideas and techniques from contemporary classical (Cage, Ligeti, Nancarrow), jazz, Pygmy polyphony, European improv and other sources. In his solo work, he prepares the piano with various materials such as eraser bits and carved wooden twigs, and improvises on short, overlapping vamps and patterns; the result is a complex, spacious sound that hardly seems to be emanating from a single instrument.
Highly acclaimed in Europe, Benoit Delbecq leads or co-leads a number of bands and has releases on Songlines, Plush, Naive, Deux Z and other labels. About Delbecq 5 Pursuit, said: “…in the best sense, the newest in the new. It manages to push boundaries, sound fresh and smart, and be thoroughly and thoughtfully entertaining.”
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François Houle

Born in Quebec in 1961, Vancouver-based clarinetist/composer François Houle has built a body of work that, as Art Lange has written, “hovers unselfconsciously above categories and styles.” He leads the François Houle 5 and other jazz/creative music groups, co-leads the world music trio Safa, is a member of Delbecq 5, and has performed and/or recorded with Marilyn Crispell, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Wayne Horvitz, Joëlle Léandre, Georg Graewe, Evan Parker, and the NOW Orchestra. He is intimately involved in the development of contemporary Canadian music as a member of Standing Wave, Turning Point and the Vancouver New Music Ensemble, and also performs classical chamber music regularly. He has appeared at festivals across Canada, the U.S., and Europe, and his recordings are on Songlines, Between the Lines, Spool, Red Toucan, and other labels.


Frédéric St-Hilaire

In 1998, while finishing his film studies, Frédéric St-Hilaire, aka Cinétik discovered Montreal’s electronic music scene and fell in love with it. Wanting to unify his two passions (film and music) he decided to present some of his video images during electronic music events. Rapidly, he’s been ask to present his work in many new media arts festivals and decided to commit himself to this new form of expression.
For the last ten years, St-Hilaire has collaborated with many well known DJs, musicians, composers, theatre directors and dance choreographers by integrating video with different artistic expressions. His work has been presented in many American and European countries.


Photo: Myleen Hollero