Sébastien Branche

Przemek J. Jarosz

Sunday, 19 August 16:00 Sébastien Branche | Park

Sébastien Branche plays soprano, tenor and C-melody saxophones. He got started with improvisation through workshops with musicians coming from contemporary jazz or improvised music.
Interested in perceptive phenomenons, he works mainly with sound as a material, describing himself as a “sound crafter” for an audience to listen to. His praxis also extends to body and space, as he regularly confronts it to contemporary dance.
He plays in the saxophone duet Relentless, in duet with viola player Cyprien Busolini or electronics musician Miguel A. Garcia, in large orchestra with IMO, and regularly meets other artists, either for private sessions or performances. He also works on solo performances with tenor sax on a stand and electronics (Lignes) or soprano saxophone and water (saxopH2One).
His interests also extend to Soundart, as he collaborates with photographer Diane Martinot, aiming to mix sound and light in various ways or working together on installation pieces.
He has played around Europe in various venues and festivals, for concerts, dance performances or soundwalks.
Sébastien taught Mathematics in high school and also gave a workshop about soundscapes there. Since April 2015, he lives in Leipzig and dedicates his time to Shiatsu and Music.

Lignes is my solo work, sedimentation lines based on my experiences and projects over the past few years: how I became the musician that i am through collaborations, either long-term ones or one-time meetings.

…Lines and points.

It is also a specific work on solo, with the computer and Supercollider, used to cast and manipulate synthetic sounds within the body of the instrument.

…Electrical lines.

The saxophone is set on a stand for freedom of movement. Paradoxically, it is a way of bringing it down from the high perch where tradition has put it. The instrument becomes a resonant body, not only a saxophone but also a percussion instrument, or an object that is rubbed, scratched, banged upon. It also becomes a filter for the breathing (as Stéphane Rives describes his soprano), or an acoustic filter for the synthetic sounds played inside its body – turning upside down the usual setting of electroacoustic music as here, it is the instrument that picks up and transforms the sounds provided by the computer.

…Lines of flight.

http://sebastienbranche.com/current-projects/solo_lignes/ | http://sebastienbranche.com/