Marie-Hélène Fournier

(born in 1963, France), composer, improviser. After classical piano studies, she studied at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, and the Musik Hochschule in Basel (CH) in electroacoustic music and musical research. Composer and improviser, her work straddles both instrumental music "pure" as adventures "mixed" combining acoustics, electro-acoustic, performing arts and visual arts. From a pure sound she passes to the scene, to the musician body, to the very body and to the drama. Contact with the instrument and the almost physical sensation of sound material are fundamental to her. Thus, for Marie-Hélène Fournier, the act of writing cannot sever ties with the experience of listening, the realities of perception, but should question them. In her trajectory, she chose to enhance the living contact, thrilling, inexplicable and her works are in collaboration with  artists in very personal approaches such as Georges Aperghis, Serge Bertocchi, Claudio Bettinelli, Sylvain Kassap, Michael Lonsdale, Malte Martin, Miles Perkins Brigitte Sylvestre, Isabelle Van Grimde. Her discography includes two solo CDs as well as several group CDs, CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. Marie-Hélène loves this sentence by Pierre Schaeffer: "Since there is music in our ears and through our understanding, one may wonder if the music starts when it is made, or when you hear it."
Selected works: Bodies to Bodies, 2010, Montréal/Bruges; Allegorie forever, Festival d'Ambronay, 2009; Absence de titre provisoire, 2007, Paris;  Chemins de traverse III et V, Rennes/Potsdam, 2006;  L’ombre d’un ange, 2005, Université d’Iowa, Etats-Unis; Nord estival, Paris, 2004;  Saetta, Montréal, 2003; Facteur d’échelle, Musique Nouvelle/Mons, Belgique, 2002; Digitigrade, Festival Aujourd'hui Musiques, Perpignan, 2001; Mai, Montréal, 2000;  Le fusain fuit la gomme, Tel-Aviv, 1999; Poker la suite à l'as, Festival musique en scène, Lyon, 1993.
Publisher: Henry-Lemoine
Recordings: tandems (Artefact); solos (Artefact)

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