Choir, piano, Alain Besson
 

 
 
 

 

Singing, piano, music

 

Alain Besson was for 3 years the student of Erika Bill at the Academy of Lausanne and
went on to further studies with various professors, one of of whom was Marianne Sebastien. He sang as chorus-singer and soloist in several choirs including the North Vaudois’ Vocal Choir and the vocal and instrumental Choir and Orchestra of Lausanne supervised by Michel Corboz.
He conducted three choirs in Switzerland: La Sarraz, the Montreux’s Choir ((a prestigious Oratorio’s choir), and the Lyre of Moudon where he succeeded Jean- Jacques Rapin (Director of the Academy of Lausanne).
He gradually left the more common paths and began studying harmonic singing with David Hyke; the throat singing of Tuva, (a Mongolian tribe), with the famous Vietnamese ethnomusicologist Tran Quang Ha; and finally Solar Singing with Henri Chef d' Orge.
He then began develop his own method and, until today, all the participants, from beginners to professionals, declare themselves unanimously "enchanted"!

Techniques
The key of this education could be expressed in a single word: IMMEDIACY. More clearly, after a detailed psychocorporel check up, the student is invited to sing divinely
well thanks to the suggestion that he is an exceptional being, being born with an exceptional voice which he is going to use, without endless lessons of classic singing, at
once. In an exceptional way, it goes without saying … For that purpose, it is strongly advised to him or her to forget quickly the killing sentences too often heard as: "you do not know how to sing …"
Exercises:
We learn first of all the three positions of the tongue on "m”, “n” and “ng",. Then we sing the scale of C major trying to connect every tone with a colour and a chakra. The various types of singing are also passed in review by stressing the idea of solar singing which releases a powerful diagonal between the point of the breastbone (heart’s chakra) and the sacrum (sacred zone of the body where Indians place the strongest stre of all the strengths, Kundalini ).


DIRECTION
Alain Besson studied the direction of orchestra at the Academy of Lausanne with Hervé Klopfenstein and choral direction with Robert Falquet. He perfected then with Jean- Marie Auberson and conducted several orchestras in Switzerland: Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, Broye’s Orchestral Group, Symphony Orchestra of Bienne, Orchestra of Villars sur Glâne, and more Abroad, he conducted among others: the National Orchestra of Latvia, Orchestra of Hradec Kralove (Czech Republic), Orchestra of Burgas (Bulgaria), and the Orchestra of Pontarlier (France)
His direction of preference turned above all to the big sacred works: Requiem of Fauré, Big Mass in C minor of Mozart, Solemn mass of Gounod and also towards symphonic direction: concerto for violin and orchestra or Fantaisie for piano, orchestra, choir and soloists of Beethoven, Unfinished Symphony of Schubert, Moldau of Smetana, etc. His current dream is to form an orchestra of musicians really including the etymology of the"virtuoso" word (of the Latin "virtus": the Virtues).


COURSES
The accent is put at first on the beauty and the efficiency of the gesture as well as on the dance (a conductor of choir and orchestra should be above all a good dancer, he must know how to use perfectly his body to communicate)
We learn then disassociation by practising in a Zen way, certain exercises, for example to tap four different rhythms at the same time or to beat the measure of a hand and the same measure twice as slowly with the other one while walking in a specific way at the same time as making movements with the head.
Next come the "scales". This is a question of mastering perfectly all the types of measures by being capable of giving in very precise but various ways departures with
the other hand. Next comes the practice with the chosen works of directory. Finally, we learn to control the breath and to be in touch with "Ki", the energy of life present especially in the energy center called Hara,(situated approximately 1 inch under the navel..