Chapelier Fou

Chapelier Fou


Chapelier Fou - real name Louis Warynski - is well known today for his exemplary discography: three albums (613, Invisible and Deltas), three EPs (Darling darling darling, Scandale! et Al Abama) and two 12" of remixes (Protest et Fuses). Since the very beginning of his career, the French composer's songs always stimulated the imagination of his listeners to the point that "fan music videos" have regularly appeared on the internet.

Similarly many artists, theatre and movie directors or actors have asked to use his songs or requested commissioned works. "Les Métamorphoses de Mr. Kalia" is in this very specific category of commissioned work by Chapelier Fou. The mini-album Kalia is the very first instalment to be released as a record.

In spring 2014, Béatrice Lartigue and Cyril Diagne from French artists' collective Lab212 contacted Chapelier Fou while he was finalizing his third album Deltas. The two invited him to work on a digital art installation project, "Les Métamorphoses de Mr. Kalia" the graphic work of which was entirely generated by code and entered in a DevArt (the famous firm offering databases for developers) contest. The project was then selected by Google to be presented at the "Digital Revolution" exhibition at the famous Barbican Centre of London along with works from Björk, Will I Am, Amon Tobin, among others.

The nine songs presented on this new Kalia mini-album are striking because of their effectiveness and conciseness (each track is just over two minutes). The writing approach offered here is more radical than Louis' previous work. Each song is based on a simple idea from which the artist extracts its maximum potential to give a stripped down result.This enables listeners to get closer to the seductive inner substance of his work - a unique groove and sense of rhythm, simple and haunting melodies plus the ability to fill the sound space whatever the limits imposed.

Above all, Kalia shows brilliantly that Chapelier Fou's music is just not a well-written mix of electronic music with violin. It is the breeding ground for research, experimentation and cohesiveness. And that's why Louis, on his many different works, constantly renews himself. To this end, Kalia is a very specific record as it shows the importance of music in the creative spheres. It is an inspiration for its creators, for listeners and for the creative people using it in their own work. It is an interaction, a dialogue and perpetual questioning.

A "dialogue" may in fact be the best way to define Kalia. An interaction between different ways of expression - sound, visuals, the physical sphere. So, to complete the listening experience of this record, a website is available for the curious who wants to experience Kalia in its entirety.

Are you curious?


On tour...
On tour... On tour...




September 30th - Saint-Lieu / ïle de La Réunion @ Le Séchoir (w/ band)

October 1st - Saint-Denis / ïle de La Réunion @ Le Palaxa (w/ band)

October 13th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

October 21th - Caen @ Festival Nordik Impakt, conférence pour les bibliothécaires

October 22th - Caen @ Festival Nordik Impakt, master class avec Le Cärgo

November 10th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

December 08th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"


January 11th janvier - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

February 09th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

March 09th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

April 13th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

May 11th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

June 08th - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"

July 13th  - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"



August 26th - Zurich (CH) - @ Muda (Vernissage) Lab 212

September 15th septembre - Metz @ Centre Pompidou, Installation & live performance (solo) "6 Malentendus"


January 31th - Chaumont (FR-52) - Le Nouveau Relax

February 6th - Enghien-Les-Bains (FR-95) - Centre des Arts (w/ Bachar Mar Khalifé)

February 7th - Valence (FR-26) - Théâtre de la Ville

February 13th - Cholet (FR-49) - Les Z’éclectiques - Le Jardin de Verre (w/ Cabadzi)

February 27th - Bruxelles (BE) - La Rotonde

March 28th - St Ave (FR-56) - L'Echonova

April 14th - Paris (FR-75) - La Gaîté Lyrique

May 13th - Cannes (FR-06) - Festival International du Film

May 15th - Bruxelles (BE) - Festival Les Nuits Botaniques

May 30th - St Gaudens (FR-31) - Les Haras

June 05th - Bulligny (FR-54) - Festival JDM

June 21th - Izel (BE) - Fête de la Musique

July 16th - Fribourg (CH) - Festival Les Georges

July 31th - Pau (FR-64) - Festival L'Été à Pau

August 08th - St Hilaire de Riez (FR-85) - La Déferlante

August 14th - Luxey (FR-40) - Festival Musicalarue

September 1st - Montreal (CA)

September 05th - Nouyn Nouranda (CA) - FME

September 06th - Nouyn Nouranda (CA) - FME

October 2nd - Massy (FR-91)

October 10th - Lille (FR-59) - La maison de la Folie Beaulieu

October 15th - Paris (FR-75) - La Cigale (MAMA)

October 29th - Vendôme (FR-41) - Festival Rockomotives

November 20th - Laval (FR-53) - 6par4

November 21th - Verdun (FR-55)

December 12th - Nogent le Rotrou (FR-28) - L'Arsenal


October 1st - Nancy (FR-54), L'Autre Canal (w/ Billie Brelok, Thylacine) - La Tournée des Inouïs (tickets)

October 4th - Agen (FR-40), Le Florida (w/ JJ Johanson)

October 14th - Paris (FR-75), Le Café de la Danse (tickets)

October 15th - Strasbourg (FR-67), La Laiterie (tickets)

October 25th - Metz (FR-57), La BAM (Boîte à Musique) (tickets)

November 4th - London (UK), Purcell Room (tickets)

November 7th - Ris Orangis (FR-91), Le Plan

November 8th - Mons (BE), L'Alhambra

November 19th - Nîmes (FR-30), Paloma (w/ Asgeir)

November 22th - Roubaix (FR-59), La Condition Publique (w/ Suuns)

November 29th - Chalon-sur-Saone (FR-71), Auditorium du Conservatoire (w/ We Mantra Experience)

December 5th - Dijon (FR-21), La Vapeur (w/ François & The Atlas Mountain) (tickets)

December 6th - Bulle (CH), Ebullition

December 9th - Paris (FR-75) - Bataclan

December 16th - Selestat (FR-67) - EAST Evasion




January, 1st - Woodford, Woodford Folk Festival

January, 3rd - Sunshine Coast, Sol Bar

January, 04 - Adelaine, Festival Centre

January, 05 - Melbourne, Toff in Town

January, 06 - Sydney, The Vanguard

January 25 - Fontenay Sous Bois (FR-94), Espace Culturel Gérard Philippe

February 09 - Marseille (FR-13), Le Cabaret Aléatoire

March 08 - London (UK), Cargo

April 11 - Agen (FR-47), Les 20 ans du Florida

April 13 - La Roche Sur Yon (FR-85), Le Fuzz'Yon

June 08 - Belfort (FR), Piscine Pannoux

July 04 - Belfort (FR), Les Eurokéennes

August 23 - Montpellier (FR), Les Nuits d'Ö

November 13 - Istanbul (TR), Festival XXF / club Nublu




21 mars - Shangai (CN), Yuyintang 

22 mars - Pekin (CN), MAO 

28 mars - Lausanne (CH), Satellite 

04 avril - Nancy, L'Autre Canal (DJ set), Festival ICI D'AILLEURS... 

05 avril - Metz, Les Trinitaires 

06 avril - Villeurbanne, Festival Reperkusound 

07 avril - Paris, Le Nouveau Casino, Festival ICI D'AILLEURS... 

11 avril - Strasbourg, La Laiterie, Les Artefacts 

21 avril - Chelles, Les Cuizines 

25 avril - Toulouse, La Dynamo 

26 Avril - Bordeaux, IBoat 

27 avril - St Ave, L'Echonova 

04 mai - Roma (IT), Lanificio 159 

05 mai - Cantania (IT), Centro Culturale Zo 

12 mai - Laval, Festival Les 3 Eléphants (création avec This Is The Hello Monster et le Conservatoire de Laval) 

13 mai - Bruxelles (BE), Les Nuits Botaniques – Museum

29 mai - Lesquin, Salle Municipale

01 juin - Brest, La Carène, Nuit Zébrée

20 juin - Kusadasi, (TR), Institut Français

20 juin - Izmir, (TR), Institut Français

20 juin - Ankara, (TR), Institut Français

28 juin - Metz, Les Trinitaires

02 juillet - Montréal, (CA), Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

03 juillet - Montréal, (CA), Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

06 juillet - Neuve Eglise (BE), Festival Décibulles

10 juillet - Lausanne (CH), Festival de la Cité

11 juillet - Lausanne (CH), Festival de la Cité

20 juillet - Nancy, Parvis Hôtel de Ville

21 juillet - Tauxigny, Festival de la contemplation

03 aout - Châteaude Boulogne, Festival Paradox

04 aout - Dranouter (BE), Dranouter Festival

27 septembre - St Nazaire (FR-44), Le Vip

28 septembre - Angers  (FR-49), Le Chabada

02 octobre - Londres (UK), Slaughtered Lamb

03 octobre - Brighton (UK), Blind Tiger

04 octobre - Bristol (UK), Cube

05 octobre - Fribourg (CH), Le Nouveau Monde

11 octobre - Wesport Festival (IE)

13 octobre - Rennes (FR-35), Le Diapason

26 octobre - Yverdon (CH), l'Amalgame

December, 29 - Sydney, Peats Ridge Festival

December, 30 - Woodford, Woodford Folk Festival

December, 31 - Woodford, Woodford Folk Festival




2 février - Glasgow (UK), Celtic Connections

3 février - Glasgow (UK), Celtic Connections

4 février - Genève (CH), Festival Antigel

5 février - Genève (CH), Festival Antigel

11 mars - Adelaide (AUS), Womadelaide

12 mars - Adelaide (AUS), Womadelaide

14 mars - Melbourne (AUS), Revolver Upstairs

16 mars - New Plymouth (NZ), Womad NZ

18 mars - New Plymouth (NZ), Womad NZ

26 mai - Londres (UK), Jazz Café

27 mai - Londres (UK), Jazz Café

05 juin - Cheltenham (UK), Wychwood festival 

10 juin - Saint Pierre de la Réunion, Sakifo festival

16 juin - Villeurbanne, Les Invités

18 juin - Brussels (BE), Place des Palais, fête de la musique


Press quotes


''The French has decided to write the comforting original soundtrack of your life: well done'' (Les Inrockuptibles)
''This disc is fascinating, disconcerting and off the beaten track'' (Longueur d'ondes)
'' Very beautiful'' (Openmag)
''A polychrome album, where magic and mystery are present on each note'' (D-side)
''A permanent invitation to be silent and to explore with closed eyes unknown regions'' ((Magic)
''This disc is a small bomb'' (Tsugi)
''The power and the frailty'' ( Koikispass)
''A new genre but an inventive and interesting music'' (Fanzyo)
''The five senses are transported to a full of emotions world by each track and note'' (LM)
''A unbelievable cleverness, sensitivity and freshness'' (Cultzine)
''A thousand and one electro arrangements, all perfect'' (SLR)




''Extravagant and refined music'' (L'humanité)
''Chapelier fou has succeeded in creating an enchanting and colorful universe'' (Direct soir)
''This genius has so much resources under his hat'' (20 minutes)
"Louis Warynski has started his imagine machine''
''This young prodigy has given more credibility to the instrumental music'' (L'est républicain)
''The alchemy is deep, musical, melodic and never stumbles in the avant gardist'' (La voix du nord)
''An exacting and accessible music. Perhaps the characteristics of of great musician'' (Ouest France)
''613 is a lake in which the most varied musical influences met'' (Le Populaire du centre)
''This violinist uses captivating instruments and explores far-off and enchantress lands'' (Lyon plus)
''The delicately worked music is successful'' (Le Télégramme)




''Beautiful instrumental. Congratulations'' (Le Parisien)
''The show he gave on Friday in the auditorium was a trip inside his unlimited imagination'' (L'
''One of the musical phenomenon of the year'' (Music story)
''Touched by the grace'' (
''A curiously familiar music, both scheming and tinged with influences'' (
''An unique personality who charms us by his sens of the melody, on stage as well as on our decks'' ( Froggy's delight)
''His compositions exhilarate and his melodies delight'' (Les Zindés)
''A great promise for the future: will he be the Brian Eno of our time'' (SFR Music)
''He has found the way'' (M-La Music)
''An album with an enchanting and personal tone'' (Kub)
''Very poetic'' (Chronique Musicale)
''A caress for the ears and you will be wrong to deprive yourself'' (soul kitchen)
''His talent is quite obvious'' (Imusikk)
"A masterpiece'' (Vacarm)
"A meticulous work in the studio and a great performer'' (W-Fenec)
''Louis Warynski, skill violinist composes his music like a tightrope walker'' (pop news)


To download "Deltas" biography, please, click here

To download "Invisible" biography, please, click here.

To download "Al Abama" biography, please click here.

To download "613" biography, please click here.

Press Review

To download "Deltas" press review (fr) please, click here.

To download "Al Abama" press review please, click here.

To download "613" press review please, click here.

To download "Scandale!" press review please, click here.

To download "Darling, Darling, Darling..." press review please, click here.