Jacques Demierre

04.11.1954

Jacques Demierre is a pianist, composer and improviser. 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, Jacques 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. 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,...-
Jacques Demierre received the Music Prize of the City of Geneva in 2007. 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/ams.

Jacques Demierre
3, rue de la Poterie
CH-1202 Genève
Fon: +41 (0)22 329 48 38
E-mail: jacdem@geneva-link.ch


Samples:


Scores


The Case of Mr. V. (1985)
7'
for tuba solo
Order No: 0901, sFr. 18.00
A plausible portrait of the tuba player in his solitude.

Je deviendrai Médée (1986)
30'
for voice solo
Order No: 0902, sFr. 42.00
Texts: Euripides, Heiner Müller, Pier Paolo Pasolini What is stronger than to see this woman, Medea, who progressively propagates and accomplishes her own myth?

Expinnocence (1986)
45'
for voice, 2 pianos and violoncello
Order No: 0903, sFr. 68.00
Texts: William Blake Written for an improviser/reader, these pieces attempt to recreate a fantasy world in honour of some of William Blake's poems.

Bleu (1986)
5'
for voice solo
Order No: 0904, sFr. 13.00
Texts: Everyday advertising and media language The performance of a singer who tries in vain to suppress her fit of giggles. Sponsored by the SME Lucerne.
Listen: Youtube

Outward (hommage à Eric Dolphy) (1988)
15'
for flute and clarinet
Order No: 0906, sFr. 39.00
"Rhythm, is in fact, the only art or system in which the various energies can be ordered and sustained. The basis of a vital and psychological dynamic is rhythm." (G. Bachelard).

Désir d'azur: musique de danse (1988)
42'
for 8 voices and 2 pianos
Order No: 0907, sFr. 70.00
Texts: Roberto Juarroz The electric pianos remind one of toy pianos that grew too fast. The words are sonorous, the lists long and dense.

Altus (1988)
8'
pour orgue
Order No: 0908, sFr. 34.00
This piece is concerned with the moment. It is a contest in which the contestants are missing.

Terminus (take two) (1988)
11'
for flute and piano
Order No: 0909, sFr. 26.00
This piece stages its own silence, even the fragile and dramatic silence that emerges only after the final tone has sounded.

Une table pour trois, ou la troïka s'ennuie (1990)
20'
for three percussionists
Order No: 0910, sFr. 26.00
(Parts: sFr. 30.-; € 20.00)
This piece is based around numerous hand playing techniques (from the most common gestures to the orthodox playing techniques of the darbuka). It develops theatrically according to the gestures of each performer. Sponsored by the SME Lucerne.
Listen: Youtube

L'archer, l'arc, la flèche et le blanc, ou l'Eloge de l'irritation (1990)
12'
for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, vioncello, two marimbas and imrovised piano
Order No: 0911, sFr. 57.00
(Parts: sFr. 50.-; € 33.00)
Dialectic between the pianist and ensemble involving the discovery of the unanticipated improvised moment within the notated musical gestures.

Quelques remarques (1991)
13'
for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone and four-handed piano
Order No: 0923, sFr. 57.00
(Parts: sFr. 90.-; € 90.-)

Portrait de ça en cale sèche (1991)
70'
for speaker, three female voices, tuba, accordion, two pianos and choir
Order No: 0912, sFr. 230.00
Texts: Jacques Roman The content of the piece has a diffused feeling, a difficult to describe situation summed up excellently with a short sentence by B. Requichot: "je ne sais pas c'qui m'quoi."

Nous ici (1993)
13'
for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano
Order No: 0913, sFr. 70.00
Texts: Jacques Roman Three main 'characters'. A text by Jacques Roman based on African rhythm organisation and inspired by the solo fragments of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker.

W. J. (take one) (1994)
9'
for choir
Order No: 0914, sFr. 49.00
Texts: Henri Calet A tribute to Henri Calet in the form of numbers and letters. Eight voices.

Desalpe (1994)
20'
for marimba solo
Order No: 0915, sFr. 26.00
A meeting of truly ancient sounds, whose strength lies in its evocation through the delicacy of its figures. The piece reveals only slightly, the secrets hidden in the wood of the marimba.

La colonne brisée - Frida Kahlo (1996)
58'
for voice solo
Order No: 0916, sFr. 65.00
Texts: Subcommandante Marcos, Frida Kahlo A female voice appears alone on stage. It speaks of the journey from the personal to the universal, a journey brimming with sense and dramatic tension, a journey which connects the singularity of the body with the multitude of a myth dependent on the humanity of a mysticised being - simply our world.

Max und Moritz (1996)
20'
for speaker, flute, clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello
Order No: 0917, sFr. 57.00
Texts: Wilhelm Busch Musical version of the adventures of those two lovable rascals…

De la tête au pied (1997)
9'
for double bass
Order No: 0919, sFr. 39.00

The languages came first. The country after. (1997)
70'
three spoken voices
Order No: 0918, sFr. 83.00
Texts: John Ronald Raul Tolkien Poetic route for three voices - and in the language of fairies which derives from the language of nature. Homage to John Ronald Raul Tolkien’s love of language.

Traces (2003)
15'
for string orchestra
Order No: 0920, sFr. 57.00
(Material: sFr. 90.-; € 90.-)

17 (2003)
60'
After Christian Wolff
for 4 instruments
Order No: 0922, sFr. 47.00
Cycle of 17 pieces. These pieces can be played as a whole or independently, in any order.
Listen: Youtube Youtube

AQUARIUM (2004)
12'
for 7 instruments
Order No: 0921, sFr. 55.00
(Set of 3 scores)
Graphic score.


Discs


vincent barras / jacques demierre: homard et autres pièces inquiétantes et capitales
Vincent Barras:
Jacques Demierre:
Homard et autres pièces inquiétantes et capitales
(Vincent Barras, Jacques Demierre)


stv/asm 006
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 114
Price CHF: 30.-

Jacques Demierre: le tout sur le tout
Jacques Demierre: Le tout sur le tout
(Jacques Demierre; Sylvie Courvoisier; Süté Gergely; Adrien Kessler; Jim Meneses)


Musiques Suisses MGB 9502
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 58
Price CHF: 30.-

Jacques Demierre
Jacques Demierre:
Bleu
(Magali Schwartz)
Désir d'azur
(Magali Schwartz; Jacques Demierre)
Je deviendrai Médée
(Magali Schwartz)


Grammont CTS-P 38-2
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 36
Price CHF: 30.-


Further Discs:
Unit Records UTR 4019: "Assemblance"
Plainisphare 1267-45: "Fabrik-Songs, improvisations sur Weill et Eisler"
Plainisphare 1267-115: "Avec"
Ensemble:
Plainisphare PAV 802: "Disque" (avec Maurice Magnoni
MWO 03: "Au homard" (avec Vincent Barras)
Plainisphare 1267-61: "Live in Lausanne" (avec U. Blöchlinger et O. Magnenat)
Intakt Records 031: "Choockshut" (avec H. Koch, M. Schütz, A. Marti, S. Wittwer, F. Studer)
Plainisphare 1267-83: "You need it" (avec U. Blöchlinger, O. Magnenat)
Unit Records UTR 4125: "Musique nucléaire" (avec Hervé Provini)
Intact Records 064: "Deux pianos" (avec Sylvie Courvoisier)

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