February 28 to March 27 2016
ColorBox and A Red Show in A are the latest works to emerge from Jean Pierre Muller’s innovative 7×7 project. 7×7 is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between Belgian artist Muller and seven musical luminaries from a variety of contemporary genres; Nile Rodgers, Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, Archie Shepp, Sean O’Hagan, Kassin and Terry Riley. 7×7 is based on the simple principle that the seven colors of the rainbow correspond to the seven notes of the scale, the seven days of the week (and deities and planets associated with those days) and the seven chakras. Seven sound altarpieces have been created, in an edition of seven, each housing an original music by one of the seven composers. A is Red is Monday, Day of the Moon and of Diana (Robert Wyatt), B is Orange is Tuesday, Day of Mars (Archie Shepp), and so on.
Exhibition Opening, Thursday September 10 from 18.00
A Red Show in A is a new and original collaborative work by neo-Pop artist, Jean Pierre Muller, and Robert Wyatt, one of music’s greatest shamans. A Red Show in A is the latest work to emerge from Jean Pierre Muller's innovative '7x7' project.
For this Red show in A, Jean Pierre, together with Robert Wyatt, has expanded and deepened the rich material used for their 7x7-Red-A sound sculpture - a nostalgic salute to Al-Andalus, when Spain was under Moorish rule and religions coexisted peacefully (at least, this is the way one can dream of it today, ten years after the invasion of Iraq). The most powerful symbol of this period is the Alhambra palace in Granada.This golden age ended in 1492 with the Alhambra Decree and the expulsion of all the Jews from Spain. Al-Hamra means the Red one, in Arabic…
Well, yes, F was for Fantastic....
more pictures on www.facebook.com/media/set/
Nile Rodgers and Jean Pierre Muller talk about 7x7, Indigo and how to Get Lucky, in a Fascinating BBC program:
This Midsummer's Eve at Summerhall, music legend Nile Rodgers launches the first of the 7x7 series of art and music events with Indigo Night, an insider's tribute to Harlem.
Nile Rodgers' reputation as a producer, songwriter and performer is second-to-none. He currently has the biggest selling record in the world with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams and has been an artist of global standing for the past thirty years.
Indigo Night will feature Rodgers singing, talking and acting his way through an account of the cultural and social life of Harlem from the time of the Harlem Renaissance in the Twenties to the present day.
In addition to his musical talents, Rodgers is a consumate raconteur. He will interweave tales from his own life as told in his best-selling autobiography Le Freak and, in a pioneering duet of sound and scenography, Belgian artist Jean Pierre Muller will create a constructivist-inspired stage set during the perfomance.
As Rodgers develops his theme through characteristically wry observation and innate musicality, Indigo Night will recreate the heady atmosphere of Harlem's glory days when song and dance continued well into the night.
Indeed, this is a rare opportunity to see a stadium-filling superstar within the intimate setting of Summerhall's Dissection Room.
Nile himself says of Indigo Night, 'This is my favourite project. I want us to create something unique.'
7x7 is an inter-disciplinary collaboration between neo-pop artist Muller and seven musical luminaries from a variety of contemporary genres; Nile Rodgers, Robert Wyatt, Mulatu Astatke, Archie Shepp, Sean O'Hagan, Kassin and Terry Riley. Following on from the success of last year's 7x7 exhibition of Muller's sound sculptures at Summerhall, Indigo Night represents the next stage in a truly international project of evergrowing artistic ambition and cultural resonance.
Mulatu Astatke, the father of Ethiopian Jazz and one of the
Magnificent Seven Music Geniuses involved in the 7x7 adventure
comes to Brussels for what promises to be an extraordinary concert
on the eve of his 70th Birthday.
Friday November 16th at 20.00
AB, 110 boulevard Anspach, 1000 Brussels
Tickets & Info:
Click on the link to see the project :
2011-11-07 | Up and Coming Events
Seduced by the city, Jean Pierre Muller offers us a vision of urban life as a myriad of colour and a multitude of characters, interweaved with the lines of the cityscape. His infatuation is not to do with architecture, more “the intense congregation of human beings and their vibrancy: the one million novels that could be written; the one euro coin that has passed through a million pairs of hands”.
Clearly a lover of narrative, his show comprises, for the first time ever, an introspective look into the story of his own practice. Preparatory drawings have been uncovered, sketchbooks of newspaper clippings opened, and unseen works exposed. Along with the works and styles we know him so well for – silk-screen cities on paper, metal silhouette portraits, printed palisades – Jean Pierre will also present his latest body of work, Ulysses and the Sirens, based upon the story of Homer’s poem The Odyssey.
This show is a prelude to an upcoming solo exhibition in the UK. Furthermore, following on from his collaboration with artist Sean O’Hagan on the project Musical Paintings, Jean Pierre has worked with seven of the world’s most renowned musicians to develop his combined interests in music and painting through a series of interactive sound sculptures titled 7×7 to be launched in the UK in the summer of 2012.
Zedes Art Gallery
Rue Paul Lauters, 36
+32 2 646 00 04
November 25th – December 24th 2011
January 4th – 14th 2012
Wednesday to Saturday: 12 – 6 pm
Private View: Thursday November 24th at 7 pm
2011-10-07 | 7x7
How to create a real dialogue between the artworks and the audience? How can we ask the viewer to experience the work on several levels?
This exchange of experience will have a chance to evolve in the 7×7 Pavilion.
The central circle will hold an installation comprised of objects, drawings and items belonging to each of the contributing artists, giving visitors to 7×7 the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the themes and narrative of the project.
From there, seven hallways will lead to seven rooms which hold each of the sound sculptures – each a secluded space so that the viewer can have an intimate relationship with the work.
2011-06-23 | 7x7 • F :: NILE RODGERS
2011-06-17 | 7x7 • E :: KASSIN
E is KASSIN
in Rio de Janeiro
rhapsody in blue
friday the 13th
venus in furs
friday on my mind
kind of blue
le lotus bleu
his girl friday
one touch of venus
kind of blue
2011-06-13 | 7x7 • F :: NILE RODGERS
Just yesterday, at the studio Nile and Jean Pierre were finalizing the letter F together in preparation for the CHIC concert to be held tonight at the Ancienne Belgique; it will be preceded by the presentation of the sound sculpture to the public. About this moving moment Nile has published , a nice text on his blog, Walking on Planet C : “… We Posed in Front Of The sculpture today. It was amazing to see and hear it completed.
2011-06-10 | B :: ARCHIE SHEPP
2011-06-09 | 7x7 • D :: MULATU ASTATKE
2011-06-08 | 7x7 • F :: NILE RODGERS
Nile Rodgers, Mr Hit Machine, plays live with CHIC on Monday June 13th at 8PM.
But that’s not all! Nile and Jean Pierre Muller have created together a fantastic artwork that you will discover in sneak preview that same evening: an interactive sound sculpture, combining Jean Pierre’s art with an amazing exclusive music by Nile…
We won’t say more, except that this artwork is part of a larger project called 7×7, in which Jean Pierre Muller has worked with 7 of the world’s greatest music geniuses. Besides Nile, there is Archie Shepp, Robert Wyatt, Sean O’Hagan, Terry Riley, Mulatu and Kassin.
As a prelude to the concert, you are invited from 6.30pm for a reception at the AB Club where the work will be unveiled. Nile and Jean Pierre will be present.
AB: 110 boulevard Anspach, 1000 Bruxelles
Tickets for the concert (access for AB Club is free between 6 and 7pm):
Facebook: 7×7-interactive sound sculptures
Nile Rodgers? ‘Le Freak’, of course! But Chic is sooooo many more immortal disco hits: ‘Good Times’, ‘I Want Your Love’, ‘My Forbidden Lover’, ‘Dance Dance Dance’… Add to that the hits of Sister Sledge: ‘We Are Family’, ‘Lost In Music’, ‘The Greatest Dancer’… Diana Ross’ ‘Coming Out’, ‘Upside Down’ and Sheila’s ‘Spacer’: it’s CHIC too…. Many have called Nile the world’s most successful producer of the XXth Century: ‘Let’s Dance’ by David Bowie, ‘Like A Virgin’ by Madonna, ‘The Reflex’ by Duran Duran or ‘Original Sin’ by INXS. It’s impossible to name everyone here, but the list of his productions include hits for the B-52′s, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Grace Jones, Eric Clapton, Cheb Mami….
See also :
CHIC + 7×7/F extra interactive sound sculpture
2011-06-03 | C :: SEAN O'HAGAN
2011-06-01 | 7x7 • B :: ARCHIE SHEPP
Meeting the great Archie Shepp, last month at Jean-Pierre’s studio in Brussels, was one of those rare moments when you know that magic is a part of our lives. The world “privilege” was particularly appropriate.
Thanks to all of you to have shared those vibrations, thank you to the fabulous Johnny Hoste who, at more than 80-year of age, has played the piano for Archie with amazing ease and talent.
Here are two extracts of Archie’s concert (merci à Annick):
Here is the photo album of the evening (merci à Frédérique, Katia et Paolo):
2011-06-01 | 7x7 • G :: TERRY RILEY
2011-05-31 | 7x7 • G :: TERRY RILEY
So here they are, the first pictures of our G-Sahasrara. This was really a labour of love, and I guess you can feel it even though pictures never do justice to painting. But the details can already give you a hint of the textures and vibrations. We are talking of a silk-screen-print on MDF compressed wood painted violet, in an edition of seven + two artists’ proofs (one for you, one for me), with about 14 layers of colour (done in three parts, the work being larger than silk-screen frames, so it’s 42 frames. Each frame is washed after printing – with some variations on paper – and is used for a new colour. This means the work can never be reproduced).
Dear Jean Pierre
Thank you for this series of mails with the wonderful photos of the work in progress…it is amazing to see the work taking place on it and I come to appreciate what a monumental task it is to make each of these unique masterpieces. Thanks for sharing that…
2011-05-30 | 7x7 • G :: TERRY RILEY
Dear Jean Pierre
I have begun some work on your project in a special non western tuning. How important to you is the actual G placement in terms of A 40-444 standard? I think my G in the non western tuning is closer to a western F# but that is where this music I am working on sounds best. When i tried to transpose it there was a loss in character. My G in this tuning is derived from a 5/4 relationship to B which is the actual fundamental tone of the system I am using. I am using a very unusual scale I designed which I call “the dream” tuning which does not use all 12 notes but in some cases there are two different versions of some of the tones. Anyway since my work will represent the realm of the 7th Chakra, this tuning best serves the mystery and non definitive nature of reality.
2010-11-30 | F :: NILE RODGERS
This is about a special Blue So Blue
it’s almost Purple or Violet
And when I hear the Blues
The colour I hear is Indigo
JAZZ, FUNK, R’N’B
NEW JACKERS RAPPIN’
PEOPLE CALL IT CASH FLOW, HI-DEE-HO, AFRO, BUT DON’T YOU KNOW
I CALL IT INDIGO
2010-09-30 | B :: ARCHIE SHEPP
Ain’t no need
Goin’ in town
Lookin’ for a job
I’m so tired of being turned down
Boy! Time is on…
I’m sleepin’ on the subway
All night long
Sometimes on the floor
And sometimes oh baby
Ain’t got nowhere to go
But one of these days
Gonna rise up strong
And I’m goin’ to sing
My freedom song
You and me - I have a dream….
2010-09-30 | C :: SEAN O'HAGAN
YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW,
YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW, YELLOW,
Shiny yellow star, never pushed too far
Sweet soul afternoon, sweet Chicago tune,
This cassette in hand, some sub label brand.
And this small cassette, breaks your heart and yet,
Curtis in the sun, reaches everyone.
Shiny yellow star, never pushed too far
Hangalang angadang din don,
angadang din don .
2010-09-30 | E :: KASSIN
Os dois se encontram em Copacabana
Ceu e Mar de outono azul
Na areia suja
O azul emana
Dias de outono azuis
Amarelo encontra o azul
Coisas fora dos lugares
Juntas formam luz
2010-03-16 | A :: ROBERT WYATT
2010-02-10 | A :: ROBERT WYATT
I chose Red for the Al- Hambra. nostalgic salute to the glory days of Al- Andalus :
before El-Cid - the role model for all fascists- launched the massive pogrom from which disaster
pseudo-Christian –”Vaticanazi Europe” emerged , going on to drown the Americas in blood.
2010-01-30 | A :: ROBERT WYATT