Review of Laurent Martin Légendes – Poèmes japonais, Inactuelles, 2013
Laurent Martin is a French composer, born in Toulon in 1959. His musical career began first with an interest in jazz, then he moved towards the composition with studies at the Conservatory of Rueil-Malmaison and then at the Paris Conservatoire, in particular with Alain Bancquart, Gérard Grisey and Betsy Jolas, becoming director of the Saint-Cloud’s Conservatory.
A natural and personal inclination has led him to explore concepts like sound in relation with time and space. His style seems to be characterized by the use of micro-tones to explore the brightness and variety of shapes and colors. At the same time his extremely precise style is characterized by a perfect fusion of ideas and styles different between them, with a focus on chamber music, as for this cd where we can listen to two of his compositions: the first entitled Légendes performed by ensemble 2e2m and the second entitled Poèmes japonais performed by guitar duo Caroline Delume and Wim Hoogewerf and the singer Junk Tahara.
They are two complex compositions, the first with 11 movements and as many for the second one, the first characterized by importance of the written texts and the second by the combination of the Japanese singing and microtonal music offered by the two guitars, this is an unusual combination , two very different musical styles with different shades, colors and shapes but here they can be dyed and join magically creating an impressive music. Very interesting, I hope Laurent Martin continues to compose new songs to contemporary music guitar.