- Improvisation

1970's — From his beginnings in music, Nicolas Vérin has been involved in improvisation, first with guitar, then electric guitar, piano, electric organ, etc. During his first concert, in 1976 at Brest's University, part of the concert were improvisations using a EMS Synthi 100 along with tape recorder loops, and various feedback systems.

1980's — As a pianist he was involved in several groups ranging from jazz to free-jazz to totally free improv, including a trio with brothers François and Louis Moutin but also made pieces that involved improvisation with multi-track tape recorders

  Solo - 1986 (extr)   "Solo" is a piece that uses the 8 tracks of a tape as materials for improvisation, freely combining the raw elements.

In the late 90's, he renewed with improvisation using electroacoustics, with CDs and samplers, in several concerts with Ligys studio, and also with Cécile Daroux during a tour in California, where they also played with David Wessel, Steve Coleman, James Newton...

after a Concert in Irvine, nov. 2000 : James Newton, Cécile Daroux, NV and Hugh Ragin

2000's This lead them to invite Louis Sclavis to join in a trio, which performed during a tour in California in 2001, at Ircam's Festival Agora, at the Muse en Circuit and the Péniche-Opéra, and in Moscow and St-Petersburgh. They have a CD in preparation, recorded at La Muse en Circuit. A film for Arte TV will feature several improvisations of their trio.

  Daroux-Sclavis-Vérin trio "live in Berkeley"(extr.)

Louis Sclavis and Nicolas Vérin in concert at the "Dom" in Moscow, Nov. 2005

  Daroux-Sclavis-Vérin trio "live à la Muse "(extr.)

2005-2009 Following this, Nicolas Vérin made several other experiments in improvisation, with actor Jean-Louis Jacopin, around a text by Werner Herzog, with pianist Anne-Marie Fijal (broadcasted on France-Musique national radio), with percussion duo Mirtha Pozzi and Pablo Cueco (CD Improvisations Préméditées), with saxophonist extraordinaire Daniel Kientzy.

  "à la volée", with Anne-Marie Fijal (extr.)

  "Ionisés", with Mirtha Pozzi and Pablo Cueco (extr.)

2010 This led him to realize he could also venture in a solo improvisation, which he did for the first time in December 2009 at Montreuil's "la Machinante".

Solo Improv (extr. 1)

live at "la Machinante" in Montreuil, near Paris, december 2009

  Solo Improv (extr. 2)

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