"I'd like you to contribute to the production of a musical fiction for the song "Protest" from my last album. With high artistic qualities and real actors on a natural set, this fiction aims to be a piece of art. This is a non-for profit project. Not for profit at all. It is "the story of a man approaching the end of his life who comes back through time to find, for a moment, the love he never experienced...". This is an ambitious project, closer to a short movie than a music video, which is far from the normal rules of the music business. But the rules are made to be defied, and I'd like to believe we can do it together..."

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The project

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Over a short period of time, the outstanding complexity and rare song-writing work hidden behind Louis Warynski aka Chapelier Fou's elaborated and catchy melodies have revealed this mix of electro and more classical instrumentation, and established it as one of the most intriguing hybrids of the recent years. The revelation of french famous festival Printemps de Bourges in 2008, this eastern France unclassifiable artist brings a very personnel mix hip hop, electro and avant garde music. He quickly became a must in the underground scene in France and internationally with three EPs and his first album "613".

 

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His work is said to be a curious mix in between Pierre Henry and Matthew Herbert, an unexpected synthesis of Kraftwerk and Michael Nyman.

 

Louis Warynski started to learn the classical violon when he was six years old, then the harpsichord. Really soon, he discovered the electronic music from Kraftwerk to To Rococo Rot and chose to work with unconventional bands to improve his musical skills. He explored the infinite possibilities of computing music, without losing his spontaneity in using the violon or guitor or vintage synths.

You really can't be delighted by this singular musician, claiming his art from Steve Reich or Moondog, and whose creations led you to to feel undoubtly troubling emotions.

 

On stage, this one man band suprises, even mazed, with his violin and invasive machines. He has convinced growing audiences everywhere in the world (Europe, Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, Mexico, Turkey...) after a hundred of shows, from festival and clubs to unconventional places.

 

 

His new live show includes a light & video creation to increase the intensity of his musical pieces, and improving a very personal sensitive musical universe.

 

(direction : What Comes Around Goes Around)

 

 

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With is latest release « Invisible » (april 2012 / Ici d’ailleurs) showing 9 covers and their inverted mirror, Chapelier Fou unveil the same number of new musical pieces...

 

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(artwork : Grégory Wagenheim)

 

... and the french press showed unanimous support :

 

"You must (re)discover Chapelier Fou, this enchanting and creative eastern France musician" (Les Inrockuptibles)

"The style of Chapelier Fou, as unconventional and audacious as it is, ranks among what's most precious in France" (Longueur d'Ondes)

"Alchimist of the sound feeling" (Trax)

"A superb second album with a marked melancholy" (Elegy)

"A very luminous album, out of the hype, out of borders" (Abus Dangereux)

"Someone can do loops without faffing around. That's what prooves Chapelier Fou" (Tsugi)

"Louis Warynski shows an insurance and a confidence that are a pleasure to the ears" (Magic)

"Invisible, a surprising mix of electronica and classic" (Direct Matin)

"An electronic universe, dream-like and tipsifying" (La Croix)

"As singular as he is, his art on 'Invisible' shows heights" (L'Etudiant)

"Brilliant and original" (Modzik)

 

With this new effort, Louis shows an almost disconcerting outcome resulting from his constant risktaking - Chapelier Fou keeps questioning himself rather than releasing ever the same patterns. But the central elements that forged his style are still here to be found. The numerous concerts given around the world have marked the musician, leaving sounds, clues and messages hidden all across the record, shaping a very mysterious ambiance, and making clear that this time, Warynski would draw inspiration from encounters, experiences and travel (a quick look at the songs' titles is enough to tell that, once again, each of them hides a central concept, and that definitions and meanings will have to be wormed out of Louis). As if echoing a career growing global, Chapelier Fou's music sweep frontiers away, speaking a universal language, that of emotions and sharing.

 

 

 

Matt Elliott, once again lending his voice to one of the songs ('Moth, Flame'), and Gérard Kurdian (This Is The Hello Monster) to the single 'Vessel Arches', both add to the various atmospheres and emotions, making Invisible sound particularly rich. But the wonderful instrumental pieces, Louis' very specific art, tends to be more and more personal.

« Shunde's Bronx » and its chinese orginal sound samples, « Fritz Lang » and its jumpy pizzicati or the psychedelic 9 minutes travel that is « Cyclope & Othello »...

 

"L'eau qui dort" and its sublime violin pattern was released last spring as a first music video directed by the Brighton based Theremin Collective. Here it is :

 

 

(direction : Theremin Collective)

 

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Now is the time to work on the song « Protest », with images from an ambitious project of musical fiction. You can hear the song here :

 

 

 

Guillaume Maidatchevsky and Elie Duponchel offered me to work on « Protest » as "a musical fiction", with a result close than a short movie than the classical music video you can see...

 

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This is the Protest synopsis :

 

"Former resistance fighter, Ben is at the dawn of his life. While meditating in fornt of Ania's grave, he goes back in time, 60 years prior to the present, in the backwoods where he fought with this woman. But is it imagination or reality ? Ben may have the chance to live again this particular moment, whose end has dictated his whole life... How will he react ? Choose to do nothing or change history, his own history ?"

 

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(Drawing : Floriane Grivillers)

 

 

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"To be honest, the scenario and the visual demands of this fiction needs high requirements in both the directors and my opinions. This project IS ambitious, and that's why it will cost A LOT. But we are all very very enthusiastic about it. And I really feel confident about how great the result will look like.

I have to say that not so much independant artists can allow to produce such a piece of art because of the high budget, and that's why your support is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for us to achieve it !"

 

Guillaume and Élie use to work as directors, writers for TV shows, documentaries, movies and music videos. This pair has a lot of experience and skills, and that's why I'm really confident about the project.

 

They also reunited a great team of experienced professionals for Protest, all with the aim to take up this challenge. They have the director of photography Jacques Ballard, the costume designer behind "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers" and the digital FX post production team who worked on WoodKid, Drake or Lana Del Rey's music videos.

 

This project is the new collaboration of Guillaume and Elie, after some projects music and ballet dance oriented, like « Origin » or the documentary « Les Adieux » about famous ballet dancer Clairemarie Osta's very last performance of her carreer at the Opéra de Paris, also starring Nicolas Le Riche. « Protest » will be their sixth common work. Their next project « My First Film » (Capisco Productions) has already received the official support of the UNO for its contribution to the creativity and education audiovisual development.

 

 

 

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Serge Merlin has confirmed his interest for "Protest", and will play the main character at the beginning of the short movie.

 

He met Camus and Casarès. A great theater actor, he played King Lear and the well known Thomas Bernhard plays. He's actually playing Beckett's "Endgame" in Paris.

Possessed by the verb, he started playing for the movie theater with Andrzej Wajda in 1961. He also played for Alejandro Jodorowsky. Matthias Langhoff and Patrice Chéreau offered him great roles.

 

He is well known by the mass audience for his playing in Jeunet's "La Cité des Enfants Perdus" in 1993 and "Amélie" in 2001.

 

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You can find more info about this great actor on :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serge_Merlin

 

 

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JOSUA HOFFALT

28 years old, Star Dancer of the Opéra de Paris

 

Coming from the Riviera, Josua Hoffalt starts ballet dancing at the age of 8. He took class with Colette Armand, general manager of the Ballet National de Marseille, before joining in 1998 the school of ballet dancing from the Opéra de Paris. He won two medals at the International Ballet Competition - Varna.

 

He started dancing for the National Paris Ballet Opera in 2002 where he played alongside Aurélie Dupont. He became Star Dancer on March 7th 2012.

 

Josua Hoffalt will play the main character at the end of the musical fiction.

 

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LAURA ZAUNER

27 years old, young spanish actress

 

Born in Barcelone, Laura (prounced Laora) learnt theater, dance and music since its first age. Graduated at the Barcelona University, she worked in the production before coming to Paris in 2008 to follow Jacques Lecoq's school of theater classes. Graduated in 2010, she is the co-founder of the 38 CIT company. She worked since for many projects for the theater, TV, movies, music videos or short movies, for both french and spanish TV. Her acting skill on the Fulgurances project at the Musée du Louvre in 2010 was particularly famous.

 

Laura Zauner will play the main female character.

 

Why fund it?

The funds you will give to support the project intends to pay production of this musical fiction.

 

There's a lot of people involved on the set of the project, but also before and after in pre/post production. That's almost 50 people, and even they are really motivated to help us achieve the musical fiction, they're all professionnal and will get paid for their hard work.

We'll have all these people to feed, but what will cost a lot is the pyrotechnics (explosions, bullet fire), costumed stunts running in the mud, high tech cameras, and even a drone...

 

Why do you need all this money ?

 

"I see my music as a mix of traditional and modern, violon and vintage synth and computers and machines. We all like to see this same mix in the images, with real people and their emotions expressed in front of the camera, and also the newest cinematography digital techniques to catch beautiful slow motion images.

This kind of alchemy is a hard work, and it has a price.

Even if we decreased all the costs, it's still a high budget production, and that's why we need you to support it."

 

To be honest, the global cost to succeed this musical fiction production is the double of what we would like you to fund. We're still looking for private fundings to complete your funding. But your help is still essential, very essential. We will surely have a dynamic on this project if you guys show your support.

 

"It's the only way for us to succeed, and I really really mean it : WE NEED YOU, SO..."

 

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Chapelier Fou

His latest album « Invisible » (on french label Ici d’ailleurs) introduce the listener to his variable-geometry world, where the french newcomer took great care of the melodies. Louis Warynski aka Chapelier Fou unveiled his sensitive universe using machines, analogic synths and violin. The revelation of french famous festival Printemps de Bourges in... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ Is a musical fiction like a music video ?

Yes & no. We want to put images on "Protest". But "musical fiction musical" is the best we could fin because it is more of a short movie than a classic music video.

+ What will you do if the crowdfunding raise to an incredible level beyond your goal ?

Well, to be honest, our goal is quite high so far... But if we go beyond it, be sure the label and my other partners will think about quality gifts for you for sure !

+ What is a DigiFile CD ?

My first three EP went out in that format. The DigiFile is another variation on the standard card wallet with one additional panel / flap. The disc can be held in place with either a die cut slit. It goes without plastic tray (CD flexitray) glued into it. Plastic is not fantastic. Plastic is made with petrol, and petrol pollutes our planet.

+ Who will remix the song for the « Invisible / Protest special edition » ?

I asked some close artists to work on it, as well as artists I do respect the work. I'll let you know very soon the confirmed remixes.

+ What is silk screen printing ? What will these posters look like ?

Silk screen printing is a technique using a stencil of the image on a screen then stretched over a frame made of wood or metal, with one or more ink color. There are many screen printing inks available. The rock poster art developped itself with this technique.
These posters will be printed by the Nancy atelier Percolation (http://percolation-chroniques.blogspot.fr). The design will be done by Grégory Wagenheim (http://www.gregorywagenheim.com/) who worked on the album artwork, with a "glow in the dark" ink in the spirit of the "Invisible" theme...

+ I choose the "guest ticket to your selected Chapelier Fou show" reward, would you bring me to Australia for the next new year's eve ?

First, I wanna say thank you for your support. Well, no, I won't bring you to Australia. We only offer the guest ticket, you need to come to the show on your own. Your reward also help to pay for the projet ! Once that said, I'll be happy to meet and greet at the Australian' Woodford Folk Festival on Dec 31th and have a drink with you !

+ Where and when will the set of the musical fiction take place ?

The set will take place in Sagy, around Paris. It is planned for 4 days during the second week of december.

+ Ask 30.000 € to your fans, isn't that a little mad ?

Well, yes. The nice people from KissKissBankBank told me they never raised such an amount. The total amount of this production is more of the double, but my partners and me will not make it possible without your support. Mark Twain wrote once "They didn't know it was impossible, so they went ahead and did it".

+ Where can I hear that song "Protest" ?

You can now hear "Protest" on my Soundcloud page :
http://soundcloud.com/chapelierfou

+ What can I expect from a Chapelier Fou DJ set ?

It's more an in between of remix, mix and live. It's not dancefloor oriented, but eclectic for sure and a little avant-garde. The Brighton UK audience enjoyed it and danced for almost 1h30 early october...

+ What is a City Sport Caps hat ?

City Sport Caps is a family brand of high standard european cap created bu Victor Declercq in 1898. Based in Ardooie / Belgium, City Sport Caps is now the cap leading company in Europe, and sells their products worldwide. I met the team while playing at the Nuits Botaniques in Brussels, and they were kind enough to send me some of their caps with a "Chapelier Fou" label inside.

This KissKissBankBank funding gave me the idea to share this beautiful git with you, and the City Sport Caps team accepted to offer 20 new caps with exclusive "Chapelier Fou" label inside.

You can discover these caps ("flat cap") on their website, clicking on the first hat icon down right :
http://www.citysportcaps.com

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Tu en es ou du projet Louis ? :)
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Bravo Louis ! A bientôt
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Yeah ! Congratulation ! J'ai hâte de voir le résultat !!!