Jean-Jacques Perrey, "clown-prince of the avant-garde" and pioneer of sampling, is incorrigibly committed to his art: an inspired personality and a musical inventor in the very best sense. At a time when electronic music was sober and serious, the humor and playful glee he brought to it was revolutionary. But more than that, Perrey has always been an unflinching apologist of a “gleeful science”. His work combines childish absurdity with well-founded experiments, uncomplicated popularism with the provocative curiosity of the avant-garde, eclecticism with sonic innovation, and unbounded enthusiasm with scientific methods. Autodidact Perrey recognized early on that his passion was not for academic music, but for what he shaped as “Electro Pop.” For close to fifty years now he’s been conjuring up his “Music for Laughs and Smiles,” vivacious oddities created with the legendary Ondioline, tapes and the Moog synthesizer, and a radical modernity that can be vexing. His infectiously optimistic attitude, which unites sixties revolutionary verve, futuristic tech-fascination and joie de vivre makes him a child of his time. "Bold” applies to him not least because of his commitment to his vision, unwavering to this day, steadfastly pursued in the face of waning interest in his music and a dramatically changed social situation. Perrey’s art rises from his faith in humour as an immunization against the ever-present threat of insensitivity that grows from worry, fear and paranoia. Driven all his life long by a gleeful “little music devil,” Perrey, now 78 years old, has recently made a new album with Dana Countryman. This evening pays homage to a major artist in the world of electronic music, whose sound and spirit continue to inspire many of his musical successors. In Felix Kubin and Candie Hank he will find two musicians whose work reflects many aspects of his own.
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