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Bachar Khalife was born on 13 February, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.
This means that his mother Yolla got pregnant with him in May 1982 for approximately 9 month.
Bachar's first encounter with stones was when his comrade Kifah, hiding in a tree, threw a well-sized rock that hit him in the head. That was his first encounter with stones.
In 1988 he was transferred to Algiers. The day after his arrival, he fell in the Chriaa mountains. They covered his injured head with a piece of bread. That day, all of them raised their two fingers up in solidarity.
A year later it was off to Paris, where he would be kept for the next 19 years. At the age of 11, after he had a fight with his older brother Rami, over "who's gonna get the ball from behind the wall of the garden today?", Bachar drew a white horse with wings and rode it to get the ball.
In 1998, he accompanied his father Marcel to the Justice Court in Lebanon. Upon entering the court, they were greeted with a standing ovation along with clapping, as though the audience was expecting to hear someone sing a song.
In September 2000, on the Champs-Elysees, wearing the black and white kaffiyeh won him a beating. Bachar was beaten up because he was wearing the black and white kaffiyeh. The cops did not arrest any of the aggressors and asked Bachar if he could return the phone that he reportedly stole, which was actually his own phone. On the next day, all of them raised their two fingers up in solidarity.
Two years before that, the cops fined him 100 Francs for spitting on that same avenue (he was sick) and was summoned to a hearing by the police because he spit on that same avenue (he was sick).
In July 2006, during his summer vacation in Lebanon, Bachar spent an afternoon playing football with his cousin Kiril and a few barefoot kids at a school that hosted too many people for a summer vacation. All enjoyed it very much.
That summer, he left Beirut on the Mistral boat. The trip was very long.
Today, standing on his balcony, looking over to his neighbors' balcony, he noticed them noticing him looking at their balcony. He continued to notice them pretend not to be looking at him. At this point, he, his neighbors and his neighbors' neighbors were all aware of each other looking at one another but pretending not to be intruding on each other's solitude.
At this moment of the day, he wished that all of them looked at each other's white wings thrust and all together raised their two fingers up again.
As a classical artist, he is often associated with Baroque music, particularly compositions by J.S. Bach, as well as Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, and Vivaldi. However, Tristano is equally at home in contemporary and avant-garde music, regularly performing works by Berio, Cage, and Stravinsky, in addition to his own compositions. He has written both classical and jazz works, many in collaboration with pianist/composer Rami Khalifé. After being introduced to club culture while attending college, he recorded piano versions of techno tracks, and soon worked with techno luminaries such as Carl Craig and Moritz von Oswald. Generally preferring material that emphasizes rhythm and harmony, he finds common ground between classical and dance music, and is equally at home on Deutsche Grammophon as well as Transmat and Get Physical Music.
Francesco Tristano (Schlimé) was born in Luxembourg City on September 16, 1981. He began playing the piano from age five, and at 13 gave his first public performance, playing his own works. Tristano studied at the Luxembourg and Paris conservatories and also at major music academies in Riga and Brussels. He relocated to New York City in 1998 to attend Juilliard, where he earned bachelor's (2002) and master's (2003) degrees. His teachers there included David Dubal, Jerome Lowenthal, and Jacob Lateiner. Also, he had master classes there with Bach specialist Rosalyn Tureck. Tristano would go on to further study at the Escola Superior de Musica in Catalonia, Spain, with Jordi Camell.
During his student years Tristano was also busy building his concert career. In 2000 he made his U.S. debut with the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev. The following year he founded the New Bach Players, with whom he has regularly performed in the roles of soloist and conductor. At the same time, he was introduced to New York City nightlife, and became obsessed with techno and electronic music as well. Tristano had a watershed year in 2004, as CD Accord released his acclaimed two-disc set of the complete Bach keyboard concertos with the New Bach Players, and he won the prestigious International Contemporary Piano Competition in Orleans, France.
In 2005 he co-founded Aufgang with Khalifé and Aymeric Westrich, and the three gave their debut concert in Barcelona at the Sonar Festival in June. Tristano's recording of the Prokofiev Fifth Concerto, Ravel G major Concerto, and his own 3 Improvisations was issued in 2006 by PentaTone and named an Editor's Choice by Gramophone Magazine. During the same year, French label InFiné released Tristano's cover of Derrick May's seminal Detroit techno track "Strings of Life." The piece was included on the 2007 full-length Not for Piano, which was produced by Mexican electronic musician Murcof and also included reworkings of material by Autechre and Jeff Mills. Carl Craig's remix of album track "The Melody" was a club hit, and appeared on Craig's acclaimed Sessions release. Tristano's second InFiné full-length, the more experimental Auricle / Bio / On, was edited by Moritz von Oswald, and appeared near the end of 2008.
Starting in 2009, Tristano recorded two full-lengths and several singles with Aufgang on InFiné, beginning with the group's self-titled debut. Tristano's third solo full-length for InFiné, Idiosynkrasia, combined his minimal techno, classical, and jazz influences. He began releasing works on classical institution Deutsche Grammophon in 2011, starting with the self-explanatory bachCage, followed by 2012's Long Walk and 2014's Scandale, with pianist Alice Sara Ott. Tristano began working with techno label Get Physical Music in 2014, starting with the EP Piano, Hats & Stabs as well as Luder_Pre, a limited 12" in collaboration with Craig. Following the 2015 EP Body Vanquish (with P41), Tristano's first DJ mix, Body Language, Vol. XVI, was issued by Get Physical. Afrodiziak, a more jazz-influenced album with percussionists Bachar Khalifé and Pascal Schumacher, was also released that year. In late 2016, Tristano's Surface Tension was released by Derrick May's Transmat label, which included four collaborations with May as well as Tristano's rework of Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence." Tristano helped arrange, orchestrate, and perform on Craig's 2017 album Versus, which also featured Les Siècles Orchestra, conducted by François-Xavier Roth. Tristano made his Sony Classical debut with 2017's Piano Circle Songs, which included collaborations with Chilly Gonzales, an artist with a similarly accomplished career in classical as well as pop and electronic music. ~ Paul Simpson & Robert Cummings, Rovi