Pierre Flasse (1995) is a British/Belgian composer, performer, arranger, musical director and educator based in Manchester, UK. He studied his bachelors and masters at the University of Manchester in music and composition, and graduated in 2018.

As a contemporary composer, he writes in the areas that resonate with him the most; contemporary classical, jazz and klezmer. His music has been performed and workshopped by a variety of ensembles across the UK, including Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera, Opera North, Vonnegut Collective, Quatuor Danel and Leeds Lieder festival. He was selected as a finalist for the Kaleidoscope Orchestra in 2018 through his jazz, spoken-word song cycle The Importance of Being, with the poetry of Charles Bukowski. He is working on a jazz opera that explores themes of gaslighting and disinformation in the current age. In 2021, Pierre worked as a musical director with Bolton-based theatre company Ordinary Glory on a new verbatim stage show called Joy Unspeakable. He was also selected by Psappha for their Composing For scheme and is writing a new work for the piano.

He has a passion for writing music and sound designing for film, video games and media. He is currently an assistant composer to Sally Potter. He has created and coded his own game Little Sailor Joe, and worked on two indie games, Jambear's Adventures and Dinner Party. He has also scored two original soundtracks for film; Sis - a drama about an intense family relationship, and Svaha - an adventure film about two friends kayaking the Caribbean. He took part in the Edinburgh-based collaborative animation festival 10x10x21 and collaborated with animator Calum Main.

In 2019, Pierre left Europe to travel India whilst engaging with local communities in workshops. Much of his musical journey was based in Rajasthan, working with folk musicians. This led him to focus his musical approach through a lens of feeling and spirituality, implementing a natural and deep connection between the performer and the listener. His music is focused on exploring the movement between harmonic timbres and textures of different sound worlds.This has been the inception of his solo trombone jazz originals project.

 He also enjoys performing at Indian weddings across the UK with Desi District, and from learning Klezmer at the University of Manchester now participates regularly, playing across Manchester. He is currently writing a collaborative Balkan-Klez ensemble project with Richard Fay.

 

 

Pierre has much experience as an educator. He was a teaching artist for the Very Young Composer Scheme with the New York Philharmonic and Psappha. He was also an musician/facilitator with Picadilly Symphony Orchestra's "This Is Us" project. He teaches with Stockport Music Service at an SEND school and he also leads composition and improvisation workshops for all age and skill levels..

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