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The Thirty And One Pianos

by Jacques Demierre

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Free Fight 14:08


Jacques Demierre - piano, composition, conductor

All music by Jacques Demierre.

'Thirty Pianos' was recorded live on September 9, 2012, by Denis Rollet at Le Galpon, Geneva, Switzerland, during Cataclysme Piano, three days of events curated by Cave12, Théâtre Le Galpon and Boxing Piano.

'Free Fight' is edited by Jacques Demierre from a piano solo concert recorded live on October 15, 2000, at CCS, Paris, France.

All music mixed by Adrien Kessler and mastered by Blaise Favre.

Design: Fabienne Bartel

Jacques Demierre is a pianist, composer and improviser based in Geneva. Whether acoustic or electro-acoustic, respectful of traditional music writing or embracing free improvisation, his experimentations feed into music as well as sound poetry and sound intervention in situ. They are all driven by the same constant search for consciousness of sound. Author of numerous pieces for ensemble or voice, he also explores the power of everyday noises.

Extending the sound possibilities of the piano instrument, Demierre also interrogates the ways in which it can approach the sphere of language. He develops a very cross- and interdisciplinary critical conception of music which gives him the opportunity to work with artists from very different backgrounds. His work includes regular performances in the field of language art in duo with Vincent Barras and collaboration with Chris Mann, Caroline Bergvall, L'Encyclopédie de la parole, Christian Kesten.

Interdisciplinary projects, with choreographer Cindy van Acker, Noemi Lapzeson. He has performed with improvising and experimental musicians, including Barre Philips, Urs Leimgruber, Thomas Lehn, Martial Solal, Radu Malfatti, Joëlle Léandre, Axel Dörner, Fritz Hauser, Andrea Parkins, Sainkho Namtchylak, Lou Mallozzi, Urs Blöchlinger, Irene Schweizer, Hans Koch, Isabelle Duthoit, John Butcher, Brandon Labelle, Jason Kahn, Charlotte Hug, Butch Morris, Roger Turner, Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans, Carlos Zingaro, Gunter Müller, Jaap Blonk, Barry Guy, Lucas Niggli, Sylvie Courvoisier, Hann Bennink, Rhodri Davis, Martin Schütz, Paul Lovens, Doro Schürch, Phil Minton, Elliott Sharp and others.

His scores are available on SME/EMS. His work is documented on Tzadik, héros-limite, Psi, Victo, jazzwerkstatt, Leo, Plainisphare, Creative Sources, INSUB., Intakt, Bocian Records, bardem, Unit Record, stv/asm.



released December 1, 2014


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Flexion Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Α label dedicated to experimental sound practices, with a focus on the acoustic space and the sound environment. Run by Jonas Kocher. Design and concept by Fabienne Bartel.

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