PFL Traject, an improvisation trio based in France, is on tour performing, presenting workshops, and giving lectures through the United States from February 11 to February 27.
Jean-Charles François has performed as soloist throughout Europe at Domaine musical, Ensemble Ars Nova, Ensemble Musique Vivante, SüdWestfunk, Hessische Rundfunk, West Deutsche Rundfunk, Palermo Festival, Venice Festival, Zagreb Festival, BBC London, Sender Freies Berlin, and other venues. He was co-director of the Centre de Musique at the American Center in Paris and Musical Director of the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale and lecturer at Paris VIII University. He founded the improvisation group KIVA in the United States with trombonist John Silber and toured extensively through the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. He has published research articles on timbre and improvisation as well as a book on percussion titled Percussion et Musique Contemporaine. He was Director of the CEFEDEM Rhône-Alpes, a center to train music school teachers. As a a member the contemporary music ensemble Aleph, based in Paris, he toured extensively.
Gilles Laval has worked at Chef Menteur (a musical company), Impur with Fred Frith, La Douzaine (12 composers/performers of rock and contemporary music), Triple G (slam electro noise) … Over several years, his approach to music has given a greater importance to improvisation, in solo situation (Passes), with ephemeral meetings (Noel Akchoté, René Lussier, Laurent Grappe…), and in groups such as Triple G, PFL Traject, and Akuanosti (with Camel Zekri). He composes music for dance and theatre. As faculty at the Villeurbanne National Music School he created “Scènes musicales”, a project for supporting groups of young musicians living in deprived areas of the city. Since 2000 he has been a professor at the Cefedem Rhône-Alpes, in Lyon, with the responsibility to educate future popular music teachers.
Pascal Pariaud plays with many ensembles of contemporary music (Ensemble Forum, Aleph, …) and he created a solo theatre piece at the IX Festival Alternativo de Teatro, Musica y Danza in Madrid, Spain. He teaches clarinet and improvisation at the Villeurbanne National Music School and the pedagogy of chamber music and improvisation at the Cefedem Rhône-Alpes for the music teachers of the region. He plays early music instruments (chalumeaux, early clarinets) in several ensembles (Ensemble Philidor, La Grande Ecurie and La Chambre du Roy with J.C. Malgoire, Les Talents Lyriques with C.Rousset, the Concerto Polacco of Varsovie, the orchestra of l’Hostel Dieu, Opera Fuoco with David Stern, Les Concerts de l’Astrée avec Emmanuelle Haïm, Stradivaria, l’Ensemble A Venti. He is a member of La Douzaine, a collective of improvising musicians, of Octobando, a Turkish marching band, and of PFL Traject.