In 1981, at Henri Pousseur’s (leader of the avant-garde music) request, he moved to Belgium to create the improvisation class at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Liège (Belgium) which he headed for over 30 years. And so, he dedicated his time to teach musical improvisation in a deeper and more rigorous way.
In Belgium for the last 30 years Garrett continues his creative explorations : in the theater with Max Parfondry and Jacques Delcuvellerie ; as a performer creating different ensembles - « The Real Live Orchestra », « The Garrett List Ensemble », « The Collective du Lion », « The International Riffing Society », and more recently with Orchestra ViVo ! ; as a composer continuing with works such as the 24 composition suite « Music for Trees » (1986-89) ; « Au Cœur du monde » (text : Blaise Cendrars 1980-98) ; « La Cantate de Bissesero » (Rwanda 94 with Delcuvellerie and Mathias Simons 1998-2000), « État de Siège » (with Mahmoud Darwich 2002-05) ; « Bobby’s Liebeslied » (2010) ; « The Garrett List Songbook » with Johan Dupont (2012) ; « Souvenirs d’Amour » (2012) .
The creation of Orchestra ViVo ! is the materialization of an ambitious, innovative and unifying project, coming straight from Garrett List’s experience : a man who is always searching for new ways to share his beliefs and gathering people and cultures together to work in harmony, thanks to his passion and knowledge of music. It’s a far reaching project of which List has always dreamed and which has finally become a reality.
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