Raphaèle BISTON

French composer, born in 1975


Présence (2015) | double bass and electroacoustics | 12'

Raphaèle Biston was born in Lyon, France, in 1975.


Her latest pieces show her multifaceted interests in composition: instrumental writing (Sable for 2 alto flutes, Lignes de fuite for 5 musicians, Ressac for 13 instruments); real-time or pre-recorded computer music (Présence for double bass and electronics, Parages for 5 musicians and electronics, Sillages for 8 musicians and electronics) ; performances, in collaboration with writers, actors, stage directors, or with adventurous instrumentalists (Schläfer, for trumpet, actress and electronics, Fricassée de maris, with an actress and semi-improvised music).

She always gives a central place to the quality of the timbre and its elaboration, in order to reveal its poetical potential, between noise and sound, sound and silence. She tries to propose a music with a clear and constant purpose, but that gives the auditor a bit of room to wander.

Her music has been performed in various contemporary music concerts and festivals, such as: Musiques en scène in Lyon,  Musica in Strasbourg, Manca in Nice, Why Note in Dijon, Les Musiques in Marseille, Forum in Moscow, Double Double in Stockholm, Rondò in Milan, la Biennale in Venise, by ensembles such as 2e2m, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, l'Instant Donné, Multilatérale, Ear Unit, Le Concert Impromptu, Les Temps Modernes, Divertimento Ensemble, Ex Novo, Quatuor Béla, Charlotte Testu, etc.