Active in the world of jazz and improvised music since the early 90s, David Chevallier founded his own musical company Le SonArt in 2003 to explore new paths, imagine new forms of expression, and create works at the crossroads of seemingly distant worlds.
Encounter is at the heart of Le SonArt's artistic and cultural project: meeting between different musical genres and styles, encounters between music and other artistic disciplines, human encounters. This broad but always demanding approach is a lively and creative way of investing music rather than being part of an already referenced aesthetic.
SonArt is a company of variable geometry. While favouring long-term collaborations, its positioning at the crossroads of languages and forms requires, depending on the nature of the projects, to call upon artistic partners evolving in different universes but open to confrontation and sharing. Denis Charolles, Yves Robert, Michel Massot, Christophe Monniot, Elise Caron, David Linx, Jean-Philippe Morel, Sébastien Boisseau, Christophe Lavergne, Anne Magouët, Kyrie Kristmanson but also the ensembles Octoplus, A Sei Voci, Stradivaria, the Consort Sit Fast, the IXI string quartet, and the director Nicolas Bonneau and the writer Pierre Senges have also contributed, over the years, to the richness of SonArt's artistic palette.
The emergence of projects obviously stems from David Chevallier's artistic desires. However, his desire to share his creations with the widest possible audience has led him to diversify his musical proposals in order to widen his distribution network, which today ranges from small halls in rural areas to opera houses, jazz clubs, multidisciplinary stages, vocal art, jazz and contemporary music festivals...
Initially based in Rouen, where it was supported by the DRAC and the local authorities of Upper Normandy, Le SonArt was transferred to Pays de la Loire in 2012. This new location became necessary following a residency of David Chevallier organized in 2007 and 2008 by the CRDJ and which allowed it to develop a network of cultural actors attentive to its work, including the Arc à Rezé, the Europa Jazz festival in Le Mans, the Théâtre Scène Nationale de Saint Nazaire, the Grand R Scène Nationale de La Roche Sur Yon, the Pannonica...which remain loyal partners.
The territorial anchoring of SonArt has been strengthened over the years with the diffusion of its artistic creations and also with the development of cultural actions where the originality and transversality of its repertoires offer wide possibilities in terms of awareness and transmission. Nevertheless, SonArt's projects continue to spread throughout France and abroad.
For the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, David Chevallier was in residence at the Soufflerie, Rezé's concert hall, as part of the "associate composer" scheme supported by the DGCA and the Sacem.