Stephen Besse is a classically trained pianist who was as well initiated to Jazz improvisations. He also has a penchant for Electro and Hip-Hop infused sounds making him an open-minded and versatile musician.
He likes to introduce himself as a "360 degrees Pianist" playing simultaneously bass, harmony & rhythms with a set of keyboards, bass pedal & MPC.
Stephen offers his original musical technique around the world (France, China, Colombia, La Réunion, Mexico, Egypt…) in various projects of live soundtrack for movies showings (THINGS TO COME, DÉJÀ-VU), the POTSIKEI duo, and also with his solo creation under the alias MAÅSS.
Alongside his artistic life, he holds a DEM diploma and thus teaches piano in a musical school in France called JAZZ À TOURS. Moreover, he develops training sessions and masterclasses around keyboards and harmonics in the music school TOUS EN SCÈNE.
Stephen delivers a solo experience here without looper... without a net... and involves all its members in order to build a live music, ranging from touch-sensitive piano, the dark grain of a Moog bass and punchy rhythm to the MPC.
In his series of vidéo/performance on the Youtube channel, Stephen opens his electronic laboratory to the public of internet and presents its 360 degree’s games with himself.
This hybrid project cross feeds by the artists of labels Warp and Ninja Tune is a true single instrumental performance in the world of electronic music.
THINGS TO COME
THINGS TO COME was written by H.G. Wells, the great English author precursor to science fiction (The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine...). Rare work to rediscover absolutely, THINGS TO COME is a fiction film very contemporary, lined with an anti-war pamphlet. It also has a prophetic vision of our time and the relationship to technological progress.
The duet NeirdA & Z3ro featuring Stephen Besse, explores in this movie-concert some new psychedelic, electronic and cinematic climax with a "retro-futuristic" look.
In co-production with La Station Service (Rennes), Premiers Plans festival (Angers), l’Antipode (Rennes), SMAC La Tangente/MJC Picaud (Cannes) and La Nef (Angoulême).
DÉJÀ-VU is a live-cinema created and live mixed by Alex Boulic (Director / VJ). In this electronic and psychedelic odyssey, NeirdA & Z3ro featuring Stephen Besse built music during the film.
Crossing between digital arts (video art, VJ'ING, 3D creation), modern music and mapping, DÉJÀ-VU is a live "artivist" movie which integrates the spectator into an immersive and visual experience by questioning his own landmarks...
In co-production with La Station Service (Rennes), Nyktalop Mélodie, Consortium, Le Lieu Multiple (Poitiers), La Sirène (La Rochelle).
JAZZ À TOURS
Far from the dusty teaching of a traditional music school, Stephen offers a 2.0. version of learning jazz piano and contemporary music keyboards.
Involved in various projects with a rich musical life, his career gives him a real artistic and professional knowledge of the musician profession.
Working since 2012 at JAZZ À TOURS, a famous music school in the center of France, he provides workshops and various levels cycles developing fun and personalized lessons for each student.
TOUS EN SCÈNE
Fascinated by music and always avid to trasmit, Stephen develops masterclass at the school of modern and amplified music TOUS EN SCÈNE, for pianist and keyboardist who want to grow up in a professional way.
He gives an unique and alternative vision of instrument, body, harmony, music univers… to be an "All terrain musicien".
Future dates :
- Saterday 08 December 2018 - Stage BASS/BATT
- Saterday 02 February 2019 - Stage CLAVIERS
Secret underground club
In a Berlin spirit, Stephen regularly opens his troglodyte for private parties under the sign of listening and sharing.
Electronic Beef, Jam session, Je Dis Jazz, We Love Machines or Drum Night... only one recommendation to join these circles :
Be the Artists of your Lives !