„Peter Pan on Acid“ for recorder quintet was created as part of my Friday Composition series,
in which I published a new music video every week for the 2020-2021 season.
Featuring the finest musicians among my friends, each video explores a different mood, story and musical characters. In this video, I wanted to celebrate the youthful and playful facet of the recorder. Upon seeing it, my good friend Hagar cried out: „It’s like hearing Peter Pan on Acid!“
Aristide Moari (*1993) is an enthusiastic explorer of possibility.
The young French composer is the artistic engine behind the Friday Compositions project, which he founded with the purpose of gathering the finest musicians and sharing the joy of music with an online audience.
While he’s still developing his own personal style, he uses his genuine interest in all genres and kinds of music to uplift the spirits and amplify voices of other musicians and composers.
Aristide studied Ecriture (Harmony, Counterpoint and Renaissance-polyphony) at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, where he has composed for several impactful performers, such as Elsa Dreisig, Fiona Monbet and Romain Louveau. Always exploring areas of musical expression, in 2016 he chose to study orchestral conducting and piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
During his conducting studies he has proved himself to be a natural leader with interesting ideas and musical stories to tell and he quickly became a go-to person for performances of contemporary or non-traditional music among his peers: from conducting symphony orchestras, choirs and ensembles to playing piano in chamber and jazz formations.
Since 2018 he has been working as a repetiteur in the Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam, collaborating with inspiring musicians such as Antony Hermus, Karel Deseure, and Paul McNamara.
The pandemic summer of 2020, with its lack of performing opportunities and certainty about the future of classical music, brought Aristide back around to his initial love: composition. He began writing incidental pieces for friends and musical projects, set up several improvisation groups, exchanged ideas with fellow musicians and found his new drive in writing music which exudes complete artistic freedom.