Martine Altenburger: cello
Le Quan Ninh: percussion
Enregistré le 5 juin 1999 au Mandala, Toulouse
et masterisé par Laurent Sassi.
Lê Quan Ninh: Born in Paris in 1961, Lê Quan Ninh began piano studies when he was 5, and percussion studies as a teenager. he developed a keen interest in improvisation. After the conseratory, he taught Percussion for 3 years, and performed in several contemporary music ensembles, and with dance and theater companies. However, he still persisted with self-taught free improvisational techniques, and encounters with guitarist Jean-Christophe Aveline, clarinetist Misha Lobko, and saxophonist Daunik Lazro encouraged his improvisatory exploration.
Together, Ninh and Daunik worked in Blois with the Compagnie du Hasard, directed by Nicolas Peskine. Michel Doneda joined the company during a 1986 tour in Poland, and the newly formed trio continued to work with the company and give numerous concerts in Europe before becoming Les Diseurs de Musique – a quartet with the poet Serge Pey. He is one of the members of the Quatuor Helios since 1986 – a percussion ensemble which premieres new pieces mixing percussion, theater, and new technology.
In 1987, Ninh met bassist Peter Kowald during the Free Music Festival in Antwerpen. Two years later, Peter invited Ninh often to participate in Global Village – groups featuring improvisers from different cultures. Since then, he participates in numerous encounters in Europe and America, and plays regularly in ensembles in forms which mix acoustic and electroacoustic music, improvisation, “performance art”, dance, poetry, experimental cinema, photography, video, and more.
From 1992 to 2002, he was the founder and is a member of the Association La Flibuste, which is engaged in the organisation and presentation of improvisation in relation to other art forms. The association organised almost 140 artistic events in the area of Toulouse and elsewhere. He also has been a member of Ouie Dire Production which produces special recordings. In 1993, Quatuor Helios’s request of a new work of interactive computer music by George Lewis sparked the beginning of a long work with computers. Since then, many programming experiences have been realized which focus toward the interaction between accoustic instruments and the computer in improvisations, as well as compositions like Oscille. Likewise, 18h22 was composed through a collaboration with the mathematician Philippe Besse. It is an installation based on Erik Satie’s Vexations, which involves two computers spatializing Satie’s piano piece and a pixel by pixel replacement oscillation between Satie’s face and John Cage’s face.
Through his work with improvising for a dance course, he has encouraged meetings with dancers. In 2000, he introduced the first two projects of a series called Umwelt, based by the work of the ethologist Jakob von Uexkül. In this series, the artistic coherence does not come from a direction or a spectacular will, but from the autonomy of each artist puting in relation his/her own perception of the real through his/her own unique tools.
In 2003, he was the artist in residence in Biel (Switzerland), invited by the Office of the Culture of the State of Bern. During this residence he met the musicians Charlotte Hug, Jacques Demierre, Hans Koch, Gilles Aubry,….
Martine Altenburger: Born in 1963, Martine Altenburger studies cello at the Conservatory in Le Mans, at the conservatory of Versailles, then ended her studies at the conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt with Michel Strauss. She starts to be a devoted practioner of free improvisation. She is involved in numerous concerts in Europe within the quintet Distico with Daunik Lazro, Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, Dominique Regef.
Co-founder and active member of La Flibuste with Michel Doneda and Lê Quan Ninh. This collective has organised numerous actions during 12 years in Toulouse and its area. It has represented a true field of experiences with artists as dancers, film makers, painters, sculptors, performance artists, actors, musicians,…) She is also active member of Ouïe-Dire-Production devoted to a research on the recorded sound objects.
Play the John Cage pieces (One7, Four6, Radio Music, 4’33″, 0’00″) in Toulouse 2005, “Woman”, written by Jean-Christophe Feldhandler for the Musique Action Festival 2005 in Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy. Plays several pieces for cello solo in Paris and Nancy (Kaija Saariaho, Iannis Xenakis). Work with the Aventure Ensemble (Freiburg) with Péter Eötvös.
She create Hiatus, a contemporary ensemble of music with the percussionist Lê Quan Ninh.
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