British composer and experimental music artist Christopher James Chaplin studied the piano with Irene Denereaz in Vevey/Switzerland before moving to London in the early 80ies. In 2009 he was invited by Viennese label Fabrique to collaborate with electronic musician Thomas Pötz aka Kava on “Seven Echoes”, an album released in 2010 and presented live at the Art Brut Museum Gugging in Austria. There he met electronic music pioneer Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) who later invited Christopher to take part in a “Late Junction" session for BBC Radio 3. The result of this second collaboration eventually led to the album “King of Hearts”, released in 2012.
In the following years Chaplin and Roedelius performed around the world; these were largely improvised performances with Roedelius on piano and electronics, and Chaplin on synthesizers and orchestral samples. Amongst others they captivated audiences in Paris (Silencio), Sao Paulo (Sesc Belenzinho), Barcelona (Primavera Festival), Vienna (Casino Baumgarten, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Volkstheatre), Linz (Lentos Kunstmuseum), Lunz am See (More Ohr Less Festival), Tiradendes (Mimo Festival), Madeira (MMiFF Festival) or Berlin (Akademie der Kunste and Haus der Kulturen der Welt).
October 2016 will see the release of Christopher Chaplin's first solo album “Je suis le Ténébreux”, which has been partly recorded at AIR's Atlas Studio in Paris and various studios in the UK. It combines experimental musical influences around a sixteenth century text, an epitaph known as the “Enigma of Bologna”.
The album also features the voices of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Christine Martha Roedelius, French actress and soprano Judit Chemla and Italian tenor Pino Costalunga, as well as the text and voice of poet Claudia Schumann.
While a dire fantasia—a nightmare future Earth where only Antarctica remains habitable—looms over these eight instrumentals, Talibam!’s impulse is to throw a spiked Slurpee party at the end of the world. Bandcamp Album of the Day Oct 4, 2017