Paris-born and Brooklyn-based composer/performer Daniel Wohl releases his debut album Corps Exquis today on New Amsterdam Records. The electroacoustic album was recently honored as a WQXR/Q2 Music Album of the Week and features acclaimed new music ensemble TRANSIT as well as guest performances by So Percussion, Julia Holter and Aaron Roche.
To celebrate the album's release, a series of nine rarely-seen videos inspired by each piece on Corps Exquis is streaming exclusively on music site I Care If You Listen today through Friday, June 28. The videos are typically only shown during the live multi-media performances of the project, making this is the first and only opportunity to stream them online all at once.
Created by some of today's brightest young visual artists -- Antoine Catala, Alexis Gambis, Satan's Pearl Horses, Andrew Steinmetz & Teddy Stern, Brina Thurston, and Yui Kugimiya -- the videos take root in the "exquisite corpse" parlor game popular in Surrealist circles in 1920s Paris in which a group of artists creates a piece of art by working separately on different components that are later pieced together into one surprising whole. In the case of Corps Exquis (a French term that translates in English as "Exquisite Body"), each video focuses on a different piece of the work as well as part of the human body.