Jean-Charles François

about the author

Jean-Charles François is a percussionist, composer, and improviser. He studied at the CNSMD in Paris. He was a freelance percussionist in Paris during the 1960s. Between 1965 and 1969, he was the co-director of the Centre de Musique, at the American Center in Paris. Between 1972 and 1990, he was a member of the music faculty at the University of California San Diego. In 1975 he founded the experimental improvisation group KIVA. He has published numerous research articles. His book Percussion et musique contemporaine was published by Editions Klincksieck (Paris) in 1991. In 1994 he obtained his doctorate at the University Paris VIII. Between 1990 and 2007 he was the director of the CEFEDEM Rhône-Alpes in Lyon. He is a member of the contemporary music ensemble Aleph, Paris, the improvisation trio PFL Traject, Lyon, and PaaLabRes Collective, Lyon.

info & contact


PaaLabRes, Lyon, FR


jeancharles.francois [AT]


Nomadic and Transverse Artistic Practices
(in DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials )
keywords: de/re-territorialisation, improvisation, Michel Foucault