François Minaux is a french flutist, singer, thereminist, composer and educator based in Austin, TX.
His music blends experimental, free-improvisation, electronic, and contemporary-classical. He has explored the limits of free-improvisation while being a member of three experimental projects: Leaf Chimes, Corps Multiple and KEY HOLE all based in Austin, TX. Since 2017, he is member of the collective Density512 in Austin, TX.
He devised a free-improvisation system called “the playground” with his project partner Sandie Donzica while at Corps Multiple. It allows the participants to self-manage their group improvisation by only using a set of rules based on shared space, movements and listening without needing the help of a leader, a conductor or a composer.
He has performed at The Message, me-mer-mo, Fast Forward Austin Music Festival, the NMASS, 798 ArtDistrict with ensemble such as SO Percussion, line upon line percussion, the Kraken Quartet, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Laredo Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, in the USA, Europe and Asia.
For the last 20 years, he has been teaching the flute to all ages and levels in France and in the USA. He gave masterclasses, clinics and workshops based on his doctoral studies topic:“Physical and Acoustical Dimensions of Expressive Flute Articulation”. He has also led workshops and free-improvisation sessions to group of performers in Austin sharing “The Playground” concept with the community.
He is currently recording a duet album of his original songs that will include “The Laos Song Cycle”. He has performed and recorded the entire collection of new pieces for flute by composer Daniel Carr. He can be heard on “Daniel Carr: Works Volume 2 – Flute and Piano” on MSR Classics.