Launched ten years ago by the saxo player Pierre Bertrand and the trumpeteer Nicolas Folmer, the Paris Jazz Big Band is extremely famous on the French Jazz scene with many awards like the Victoires du Jazz and Django d’Or. It has been mostly recognized for its creative repertoire and the orchestra has performed with prestigious singers like Diana Krall; Johnny Griffin, Richard Galliano or Michel Legrand. The aim of this new repertoire « Source(s) » was to follow the tracks of culture an d music from Africa, South Mediterranea and Latin America.
Nikolai Borisovich Obukhov (Nicolas Obouhow) (1892–1954) was a modernist and mystic Russian composer, active mainly in France. An avant-garde figure who took as his point of departure the late music of Scriabin, he fled Russia along with his family after the Bolshevik Revolution, settling in Paris. His music is notable for its religious mysticism, its unusual notation, its use of an idiosyncratic 12-tone chromatic language, and its pioneering use of electronic musical instruments in the era of their earliest development.
« Le livre que je prends la liberté de mettre entre vos mains est peut-être le livre le plus étonnant qui ait jamais été écrit - et, en considération de ce qu'il prépare, c'est presque un fragment de destin ». Les mots par lesquels Nietzsche présente à Taine son Crépuscule des Idoles signale le double dessein qu'il y poursuit : rassembler, d'une part, les grands thèmes de son œuvre (la décadence, le génie, la critique de la métaphysique… )