Nicolas Vérin (1958)
Nicolas Vérin - Biographie

In today's music Nicolas Vérin has an original and unusual voice.
Pop guitarist at thirteen, jazz pianist but also a student in physics and musicology at Paris Universities, and in music at the Conservatories of St Maur, Brest and at the Paris Conservatory (with Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel), he spent five years in the USA, coming back with a PhD in composition from the University of California, San Diego (Roger Reynolds, Jean-Charles François, F.R. Moore, Joji Yuasa, Bernard Rands, Julio Estrada, and Gordon Mumma) .
Impassioned with musical gesture and the life of sounds, he explores in a singular manner his fascination for time and its complexity. He draws in this large and open field a plurality of languages, a synthesis beyond dogmas and fashions, that feed his inspiration.
His compositions keep forcefully this very actual challenge.
Nicolas Vérin was composer-in-residence in the Midi-Pyrénées region (1993-95) and obtained twice the prix Villa Médicis hors les murs (2001 and 2010). He collaborated with many composers and institutions among which Pierre Henry, Vinko Globokar, Michaël Levinas, IRCAM, Groupe de Recherche Musicale (INA-GRM). He is professor of composition and electroacoustic music at the Ecole Nationale de Musique et de Danse in Evry, near Paris. He is also an improviser, giving concerts in particular with ensemble Cécile, a duo with clarinetist Louis Sclavis.
His music, performed in many concerts and festivals in Europe and the Americas, is published by Jobert-Lemoine and Dhalmann. Several of his works are available on CD :
4 pieces for soloists and electronics, with Pilar Fontalba, Gérard Siracusa, Cécile Daroux and Jean-Paul Celea (INA-GRM 475-122) ; Chassés-croisés, live recording of solos and duos with Cécile Daroux, Nathalie Vandebeulque, Anne Arrignon, Sona Khochafian, Nathalie Chabot etc. (NVCD 0301) ; In vino musica in Musique des vignes, GMEA MP01 (distr. Métamkine) ; Solo Violin Piece I in Dedications to János Négyesy, Neuma 450-95 ; Chassé-croisé III in Contemporary Violin duets, with János Négyesy and Paiviki Nykter (AuCourants Records 0010-1)
Other main works : Di un temporale... (orchestra and electronics) State commission for the Orchestre Chalon-Bourgogne ; Projections obliques (fl. and cl. solo, ensemble and electr.), for ensemble 2e2m ; Instabile (ensemble and electr.), State commission for Itinéraire ; Solid Noid, for piano, disklavier and electronics ; Interleaved tracks, for bass clarinet and electronics ; Winds cycle : P'hioni (contrabass and tape), State commission, Khamsin (drum set and tape), commisson by Festival Why Note, Bora (saxophone and tape), State commission, Chinook (el. guitar and tape) and Vents du Monde (sax., el. guit., cbass, drums and electronics) commission by Radio-France ; Mariposa clavada que medita su vuelo (flute and tape), commission by GRM ; Jardin de acero (soprano et ensemble, poème de Lorca), State commission for ensemble Aleph.

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