Loïc GUÉNIN

French composer born in 1976

Works in the repertoire

Walden (2015) | clarinet, cymbalum, percussions, et electronic | 40′ | CM

Born in 1976, in Noisy le Grand (93), Loïc Guénin soon followed his parents to grow up on the family farm in Berry. He returned to the land at the age of 2… Today a professional composer and musician, founder of the Phare à Lucioles (an association dedicated to contemporary artistic creation), this education close to nature, lulled by ecology and political reflection, nourishes his work and his approach to creation.

His latest piece, walden, an eco(ute) sound system, has attracted the attention of the GMEM, Centre National de Création Musicale (Marseille) as well as the Abbaye de Noirlac, Centre Culturel de Rencontre (Cher). Since then, it has been created for the Athenor center in St Nazaire, the house of actor Maria Casarès de Alloue, the Bidrobon creation center in Oslö, Norway. It is currently being commissioned and written for the Abbaye de Royaumont.

The Ars Nova ensemble, directed by Philippe Nahon, has taken on this project of graphic writing of a mixed musical piece in connection with the architecture and sounds of a place. A cycle of creation in connection with renowned ensembles and institutions dedicated to contemporary creation thus begins and does not cease continuing.

Loïc Guénin is currently working on a new project entitled marcher [dessus le paysage] (working title). A graphic piece for musicians and dancers, gathered around the same score to be interpreted, linked to the landscape, to the ebb and flow of the ‘inhabitants’ of a defined system. Already, the national scene of Gap (2017) and the GRAME (cmcm / in connection with the Biennale de Lyon 2018) have shown their interest in this work they have programmed.

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From 1980 to 2000, he studied classical piano, singing, solfège, harmony and composition in music schools and at the conservatory of Tours. From 1996 to 2000, he studied jazz and improvised music at the Jazz School in Tours as well as a university course in musicology, specializing in ethnomusicology and contemporary music at the François Rabelais faculty in Tours. Deug, license and Capes of musicology.

From 1996 to 2000, he joined the Tours university choir, directed by Agnès Charles and worked on the contemporary vocal repertoire. He will meet, among others, the ensemble Muzicatreize for a work around the works of Maurice Ohana.

From 2000 to 2013, he teaches in middle and high schools, multiplying innovative pedagogical projects centered on creation and experimentation. He seeks to transform the school into a true pedagogical laboratory centered on the arts. In 2005, he obtained a complementary certification in Art History. In 2010, he created the Music and Contemporary Arts classes at Sault College (CREA device), aiming to develop the practice and the meeting with artists within the school institution. A true laboratory of artistic education unique in France, this project continues to develop today, thanks in particular to the support of SACEM and DRAC PACA.

In 2014, he resigned from the National Education to devote himself exclusively to composition and contemporary creation. Since then, he has worked all over the world, from Java to Oslö, Marseille, Lyon, Paris or St Nazaire…

From 1999, he develops a work on percussion and sound objects centered on experimentation, improvisation and acoustic material. In 2005, he founded the artists’ collective Le Phare à Lucioles and started a work of creation, production and diffusion of live and contemporary shows. Since 2005, he actively participates as a composer, musician and improviser in many meetings and regularly plays with artists who mix improvised acoustic and electroacoustic music, performance art, video … In 2008, he set up with the collective Le Phare à Lucioles, the festival Sons Dessus de Sault, a showcase for contemporary artistic creation.

For more than ten years, he has been multiplying projects, encounters, experiments, creations and artistic and cultural education projects.

His approach constantly mixes research and experimentation, innovation and pedagogy, teaching and performance. His graphic writing, performance art and numerous interdisciplinary projects place him on the fine line between music and contemporary art.

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