July 17, 2019
Sébastien Jouan is teaching at Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau (the Fontainebleau Schools) this July. If you aren’t familiar with this illustrious program, you should be. For nearly 100 years the schools have been offering international summer programs of the highest quality in music and architecture to over 10,000 promising international students. Over the years, the faculty has included famous musicians including Maurice Ravel, Yehudi Menuhin, Arthur Rubinstein, and Leonard Bernstein, and the conservatory program has influenced many composers such as Aaron Copland, Phillip Glass, and Quincy Jones, among others.
This year Sébastien, our principal acoustic consultant, joins architects, set designers, curators, sculptors, and photographers as part of the architecture faculty. “It’s such a great honor to be invited to the Historic Royal Chapel of the Chateau de Fontainebleau to give a masterclass to talented young students whose predecessors include many influential musicians and architects,” said Sébastien.
The theme of this year’s program is biomimicry—the design of structures that are modeled on biological entities and processes. Sébastien’s masterclass “When Music and Architecture Meet” brings the music and architecture programs together with a historic journey of the architectural evolution of performing arts spaces for music, opera, and drama. And on week four of the program, his workshop with Jean-Guy Lecat (formerly the set designer for Peter Brooks at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris) continues the biomimicry theme. During this session, students are challenged to think about building a temporary installation using simple materials with biomimicry.
This is Sébastien’s second year teaching at the school.