Hi. My name is Sylvain Chauveau and I have released records on international labels such as FatCat, Sub Rosa, Type, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier, Brocoli, Flau: minimal, quiet compositions for acoustic instruments, electronics, and sometimes voice. And silences.
I have played live around Europe, in North America, in Asia (Japan, Taiwan, Singapore) and in Russia. One of my compositions was on the compilation XVI Reflections on Classical Music (Decca / Universal) alongside with Philip Glass, Max Richter, Gavin Bryars, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto, and Hauschka.
I also make sound installations, remixes and soundtracks for feature films and dance shows.
I have composed a 7 year long piece (yes!) entitled You Will Leave No Mark On The Winter Snow, full of silence and featuring only seventeen moments of hearable sounds, that played online from 1.06.2012 to 31.05.2019.
I'm a member of ensemble 0 (co-directed with Stéphane Garin), and of Arca (with Joan Cambon). I was born in Bayonne (France) in 1971 and I currently live in Brussels (Belgium).
(Picture: Thomas Jean Henri)
"Toe-dipping in the paradigms of rock & pop music while being further removed from genre norms" - Pitchfork
"His music is sparing, unassuming and accordingly effective" - The Wire
"Eliminating any sound deemed unnecessary to convey the essential emotion" - The Washington Post
"One of the most brilliant minds of french music" - Les Inrockuptibles
"Devastatingly effective" - The Guardian
"Tranquil, meditative" - The Quietus