Biography (en/fr)

Uriel Barthélémi is a drummer, composer and electro-acoustic musician.

His language combines percussion, performance, sound & video programming and composition.
He infuses each of his projects with this polymorphic and multicultural dimension. His multifaceted identity is found in the musical works he generates, dense and unclassifiable.

Following his studies at the conservatoires of Reims, La Courneuve, Montreuil, and Ircam, he embarked upon electro-acoustic compositional work. This has led him to collaborate in numerous areas of the performing arts from 2002 onwards: dance, marionettes, theatre, as well as the visual arts.

In parallel with his compositional work, he performs as a drummer for several projects and conducts research into the drum and computer connection, developing his own « softwares » in Max-Msp.

These multiple themes have made him reflect upon the concepts of performance and improvisation, to take into account the concepts of plasticity and physicality of sound through spatial layout, as well as questioning the place of the performer (movements, energy, corporeality) and psychological contexts (intentions, cinematographic colors, sonic staging, and so on).

His recent work enquires into these themes and adopts a different angle each time.

Intimately combining drums and electronics, a flexible composing style and improvisation, he is a composer in long residency at Césaré-national center for music creation.

He collaborates and appears with many artists, such as Kazuyuki Kishino (KK NULL), Hélène Breschand, Tarek Atoui, Tim Etchells, Nikhil Chopra, Hassan Khan, Taro Shinoda, and has works commissioned by Lafayette Anticipation, Parades for FIAC, Maerzmusi