Some people are thrill-seekers, some over-thinkers, and some workaholics. Gaspar Claus is more intense than them all. A gifted cellist, musical matchmaker, center of innumerable collaborations (Jim O’Rourke, Sufjan Stevens, Serge Teyssot-Gay, Bryce Dessner, Barbara Carlotti, Peter Von Poehl, Rone with Fràncois of Fràncois & The Atlas Mountains that we shot earlier this year…), future record label owner, programmer and promoter of the Permanent Festival, creator of interdisciplinary works (including one for Radio France this July), and a young man fearless of massive projects who is as comfortable with a bow in his hand as a shovel – while we’re writing this article, he says he is “digging” in his garden.
Gaspar Claus seems tireless, although the number of his projects seems to be infinite. His latest is certainly quite ambitious, a rare attempt to bring back the value of beautiful musical objects and collaboration between artists, made possible by one simple fact: beyond his own personal determination, Gaspar has many friends that are just as talented. Many many friends.
In 2012, Gaspar Claus hosted a few of his famous friends in Brooklyn for one night asking them all to bring a song, melody, or incomplete project that the other musicians could work on together, if they so desired. The result? One night of intense collaboration and exchange between musicians we love: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of The National, Jessie Stein of The Luyas, David Moore of Bing and Ruth, Rémi Alexandre of Syd Matters and Shorebilly, Ben Greenberg of The Zs/The Men/Hubble/Uniform, Jessica and Andy of She Keeps Bees, Emil Bognar-Nasdor of Dawn of Humans, Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft, Perdo Soler, Gaspar’s own father, Clara Claus, his equally artistic sister, and Gaspar himself.
From this recent summit of musical talent emerged a 70 minute recording, filmed with the careful attention of Derrick Belcham, our New York director, and held in secret by Gaspar until now.
Eleven songs spanning extremely varied genres – blues, harsh noise, flamenco, pop, and even pure improvisation – have just been shared with us today by Gaspar in a perfectly fitting format: a limited edition double-vinyl available only for six weeks and financed by a crowdfunding campaign on French website Microcultures.
Starting today and lasting six weeks until June 30, you can access the “One Night Stand” crowdfunding page, a name perfectly chosen for this exciting new project, and get the double vinyl, a super limited version literally composed of Clara Claus’ original artwork (parts of a partition created during the night in Brooklyn inspired by the evening), a signed silkscreen print by her, a goodie-bag, a private concert by either Emil Bognar-Nasdor, Pedro Soler, or Gaspar himself, or even a duet between Gaspar and his father, high quality audio files, and even tickets to the next One Night Stand event.
Just as Gaspar is inexhaustible, One Night Stand is not really a one night project: there are hopes to repeat the experience in different cities across the world – Paris, London Berlin, Tokyo, Johannesburg, São Paolo, Reykjavík, New Orleans, or Athens (we told you, he always sees the big picture). This plan for the future aims to find the center of local music scenes with the goal of creating a unique and ephemeral album, before going to the next city for a new edition.
While waiting for the release of even more audio and video clips from One Night Stand #1 – Brooklyn, whether here on Blogothèque or in other websites, we suggest you listen below to a collaboration between Bryce Dessner of The National and Clara Claus (please note the clip is a pre-mix, the campaign is there to fund the actualy mix and matsering of the tracks), and a short video where Gaspar explains his ambitious project, as well as Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft. Others will follow; all we can say is that you’d better hurry to reserve your LP before it’s gone.
Bryce Dessner & Clara Claus – “Lines & Drones” (premix)
Gaspar Claus explains One Night Stand #1
Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft) One Night Stand #1 selfie
All the info about One Night Stand is on Microcultures website.
Translated by Dylan Hofstetter