Florent Ghys

French double bassist and composer FLORENT GHYS'S music has been described as ''highly contrapuntal, intelligent...and inventive...'' (WQXR), and a ''thrilling breed of post-minimal chamber music'' (Time Out NY). His "...pieces...blend elements of minimalism, pop music and a dose of extravagant wit" (John Schaefer, WNYC).

Ghys performs both solo and with his group Bonjour, a low string and percussion quartet. Ghys’ music for solo double bass utilizes multitracking of his instrument and his voice, sampling, and vocal percussion to create lush soundscapes, bubbling textures, and changeable but danceable beats, often with surprisingly poppy overtones, and always with his signature blend of humor, modally-tinged harmonies, rhythmic complexity, and fragile beauty. His latest album, Télévision, also includes videos for each song made by Ghys himself.

With Bonjour, Ghys makes a departure from technology to explore his style in a purely analog format. The group, which features Ashley Bathgate (cello), Ghys (alto bass), James Moore (guitar), Eleonore Oppenheim (bass), and Owen Weaver (drums/percussion), is an unlikely but satisfying combination of low strings and voices (all members sing), punctuated by acoustic and electric guitars and percussion. Ghys’ characteristic hocketing melodic lines, tight grooves, and pulsating textures find a home in this string quartet-like environment and take on new life. Bonjour’s debut, self-titled album is out now on Cantaloupe Records.

In addition to performing his own music, Florent Ghys continues to be commissioned by some of today’s most exciting soloists and ensembles, create music for film, and produce, arrange, and program for other artists. He is also currently pursuing a doctorate in composition from Princeton University.


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