In 2012, French cellist Gaspar Claus gathered a group of musicians in Brooklyn to create something in a single night. The session featured some key members of the current musical scene: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of the National, Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft, Jessie Stein of the Luyas, David Moore of Bing And Ruth, Rémi Alexandre of Syd Matters and Shorebilly, Ben Greenberg of the Men/Hubble/Uniform/The Zz, Jessica Larrabee and Andy La Plant of She Keeps Bees, Emil Bognar-Nasdor of Dawn Of Humans, as well as Claus’ father Pedro Soler and sister Clara Claus. It was introduced as The Permanent Festival and held at Littlefield in Brooklyn. Here’s how they describe the spirit of the Permanent Festival:
This big invisible and fragmented brotherhood proposes, far beyond any notion of tribe, to spread worldwide and as a notion of free and spontaneous action, a certain idea of spontaneous creation, whose movements invent themselves as they uncover. A brotherhood without dogma nor hierarchy, impossible to define, to confine, nor to capture.
The result of that is One Night Stand, 11 songs across a 70-minute clip filmed by Derrick Belcham for La Blogothèque.
To release the project, Claus is using the French crowd-funding site Microcultures. The campaign for One Night Stand will take place over the next six weeks and conclude on 6/30. Backers of the project can purchase the limited edition double vinyl itself and various bits of ephemera: a super limited version literally composed of Clara Claus’ original artwork (parts of a partition created during the night in Brooklyn inspired by the evening), a signed silkscreen print by her, a goodie-bag. Higher tiers offer prizes like a private concert by either Bognar-Nasdor, Soler, or Claus himself, or even a duet between Claus and his father. High quality audio files and tickets to the next One Night Stand event are also up for grabs. In addition to this Brooklyn debut, the website states that the group hopes to continue the tradition:
We hope to be able in the future to organize more One Night Stands in Paris, London, Berlin, Tokyo but also in Johannesburg, Sao Paolo, Reykjavik, New Orleans, Budapest… Concerts allowing to produce further LPs in limited editions.
To pique your interest further, you can preview one of the tracks from the project, “Lines & Drones” by Bryce Dessner & Clara Claus:
You can also hear “Talk To Me,” the contribution from Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft, at the site, and watch several preview videos below including one song from the sessions.
UPDATE 6/1: Here are two more videos from the project — one is a short trailer, the other is an extended look at Bryce Dessner and Clara Claus performing an unreleased composition called “Lines & Drones”: