With solid training as a classical musician, Sophie Angel took a close interest in modern jazz before committing in the early Nineties to the shifting, deliciously uncertain ground of free improvisation, thanks to her fascination for the powers of expression displayed by a few great keyboard-heretics such as Keith Tippett, Fred Van Hove or Christine Wodrascka.
Taking a look through the prism of improvised music, Sophie Agnel began reworking the prepared piano techniques imagined by John Cage in the field of contemporary music, and from that point she would busy herself "introducing the prosaicism of the contemporary world into the belly of western musical refinement itself", and transform her instrument into a sort of “extensive prep-piano” or “extended piano”, thereby laying the foundations of a radically materialist personal universe that is by turns lyrical, abstract and sensualist.
Sound artist, improviser, composer, Pascal Battus has developed a practice which is more concerned with sonic gestures, listening and the situation which determines them rather than with any particular instrument. Among other sound sources, he uses guitar pick-ups and rotating surfaces.
He has played throughout Europe and in the USA, Canada, Asia, the Middle East, Australia… both solo and more frequently with other musicians. He often works with dancers and with performers from the plastic arts (video, lighting, sculpture…) He developed sonic drawings and was co-inventer of Sonic Massages (les Massages Sonores). His discs have been released by Potlatch, Corpus Hermeticum, Amor Fati, Another Timbre, Cathnor, Organized Music From Thessaloniki, Herbal International.
Michel Doneda (1954) is one of the major figures of the improvised scene, preacher of sound action, fiercely free and definitely poetic. Soprano saxophone virtuoso, he is in the line of Sydney Bechet, Steve Lacy or Evan Parker, and like his elders he inscribes his work in a contemporaneity necessary for all pioneers of new sound territories. An attentive traveler listening to the world, he has not stopped surveying the continents for more than thirty years and multiplying the collaborations, pygmies from Gabon to the drums of the empire through the Basque singer Beñat Achiary, Barre Phillps and Sonic Youth. Michel Doneda apprehends the sound in its most concrete sense, listening and giving as much detail as possible to "go inside". His music invites to a journey in an incredible sound space carried by inspiration and breathing.
"...a master of navigating musical extremes: chaos and subtle nuances, obtrusive noise and beautiful melodies, layered textures and open space--all through the scope of a singular musical vision. 'Free' is not just a musical approach for Mr. Doneda, it is the philosophy by which he lives and embraces life."
- Sam Newsome, Soprano Sax Talk
Born April 1966, in Marseille, Jérôme Noetinger discovered experimental music under the influence of the Déficit Des Années Antérieures in Caen.
Composer/improviser/sound artist working with electroacoustic devices. Composing musique concrete in the studio, and performing improvised music using electroacoustic devices such as: the reel to reel tape recorder Revox B77 and magnetic tape, analogue synthesisers, mixing desks, speakers, microphones, various electronic household objects and home-made electronica. Performing both solo and in ensembles, and collaborating often, and touring extensively internationally.
From 1987 to 2018, director of Metamkine, non-profit organisation dedicated to the distribution of improvised and electroacoustic music, which operates with an on-line mail order catalogue. From 1987 to 2018.
Member of editorial committee of quarterly journal of contemporary sound, poetry and performance, Revue & Corrigée from 1987 to 2014.
Member of 102 rue d’Alembert, programming coordinator of exhibitions, concerts and experimental cinema from 1989 -1998
Organises studio workshops and conferences around such subjects as: musique concrete, improvisation, audiovisual experiments, questions of distribution and production.
Mathieu Werchowski, musician born in 1973, has been managing two parallel careers for the last twenty years: one as a violinist operating in the field of contemporary music and the other as a composer / sound designer.
Armed with his violin, and sometimes his viola, he adventures into often unexplored territory with these instruments and makes them sound in an unusual fashion.
Following a classical degree at the CNR (National Conservatory of Music) in Grenoble, his natural affinity for creation and freedom set him on a course towards the world of improvisation.
He has played solo and in different groups (from duos to large groups) on five continents and has a rich discography to his name, released in France, Portugal, Great Britain and New Zealand.
His most regular collaborators have been or are : Jérome Noetinger & Lionel Marchetti in MNW, John Russell & Ute Voelker in Three Planets, David Chiesa in Sharp Claws Cats, Caroline Engremy & Dominique Regef in Memento Trio, Heddy Boubaker & Fabien Duscombs in The enD, Robin Fincker, Fabien Duscombs & Dave Kane in Bedmakers.
He is also composer for films, radio broadcasts (“Everything that shines” SCAM PRIZE 2012) and has a great deal for live theatre : he worked with the group Ici-Même/Grenoble from 1994 to 1998, has performed all over the world a contemporary circus show by Johann Le Guillerm from 2003 to 2010 and plays live with Jeanne Mordoj on several shows from 2017.
He has also participated in education, organising workshops and events around the question of sound : in several psychiatric clinics and art schools in France, in West Africa (Ivory Coast and Senegal), in Estonia, Portugal and New Zealand.
He was also co-organiser of the concerts at 102 in Grenoble for seven years, a venue that promotes experimental and creative forms, notably the concrete music cycle entitled “Le bruit de la bande” / “The tape's sound".