The Steve Reich Guitar Project

I like this music. I discovered it late, I admit, thanks to one of my professors at the University of Paris 8, in 2003. Since then, the more I listen to it, the more I dig, the more I am impressed by its richness. In many ways, I do not understand how it could be called “minimalist”: to the contrary, for me, it is more a “maximalist” music. Admittedly, the basic musical material with which he composes, is minimal, but the way in which he handles it, and not to mention the result, consists of a confusing richness, with all these sound layers which are superimposed, slightly shifted, according to immediate or surreptitious phase shifts, suddenly bringing out rhythms, textures…


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Video

Discography

Steve Reich

Pierre Bibault, guitar


Release: October 1, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Music, Solo Electric Guitar
Program: Nagoya Guitars, Electric Counterpoint, Electric Guitar Phase, Clapping Music
Music Company: IndéSens Records
Artistic Direction: Pierre Bibault
Photos: Cover: © Catherine Peillon, 2008 | Artist photos: © Manuel Braun, 2021
Length: 43 minutes
Format: CD Digipack + Booklet 12 pages & Streaming Platforms
Listen/buy: li.sten.to/pierrebibault

Humain Non Humain

w/ Ensemble Variances – Pécou, Mâche, Blackford


Release: 2021
Genre: Contemporary Music with Ensemble
Music Company: Ohuya Records
Art Direction: Thierry Pécou
Photos: Manuel Braun
Format: Streaming Platforms
Listen: Volume1Volume 2

Olga Neuwirth, "Die Stadt Ohne Juden" movie soundtrack

Ensemble Intercontemporain


Release: 2019
Genre: Contemporary Music with Ensemble, Movie Soundtrack
Music Company: Arte TV Edition
Artistic Direction: Olga Neuwirth
Format: DVD/Blu-ray
Buy: https://www.arte-edition.de/item/8510.html

Les Forces Majeures

Edgar Moreau, cello - Offenbach, Gulda


Release: 2019
Genre: Classical Music with Ensemble
Music Company: Warner Erato
Artistic Direction: Raphaël Merlin
Format: CD

Duo Resonances

Granados, Piazzolla, Scarlatti, Granados, Mompou


Release: 2013
Genre: Classical Guitar Duo
Music Company: Calliope Records
Artistic Direction: Cécile Lenoir
Photos: Jean-Baptiste Millot
Format: CD Digipack + Booklet 12 pages
Length: 64 minutes

Silence of Insanity

The Silent Agony


Release: 2003
Genre: Metal
Music Company: Thundering Records
Artistic Direction: Pierre Bibault
Format: CD Digipack + Booklet 8 pages

Shades of Ancient Memories

Synoptia


Release: 2000
Genre: Metal
Music Company: A Bolt From the Blue Records
Artistic Direction: Synoptia
Format: Crystal box + Booklet 8 pages

Schedule

2021

January 7
Video Concert w/ Ensemble Variances, Thierry Pécou
Salle Cortot, Paris

January 8
Interview (in French) with Zad Moultaka about his new work for guitar and electronics “Ordo ab Chao”, dedicated to Pierre Bibault
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Paris

January 24-26
Residence and Video Concert w/ Ensemble Variances, Thierry Pécou
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Conservatoire de Caen, Normandy, France

February 16
Lecture/ Conference on “The Steve Reich Guitar Project”
Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel (BE)

March 1-4
Residence and Video Concert w/ Ensemble Variances, Thierry Pécou
“Kaun”, Jeffrey Holmes (US)
Salle Cortot, Paris, France

March
Tour in America w/ Ensemble Variances, Thierry Pécou
Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver (Canada)
Detroit, New York, Los Angeles (USA)
Bogota (Columbia)
Covid 19 Situation: Postponed to March 2022

April 1
Solo Concert
De Bijloke, Gent, Belgium
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

April 2
Ph.D. Defense
Thesis: Gesture and a Gesture Extraction Process in Zad Moultaka’s Music for Solo Guitar.s: A Performer’s Perspective, VUB/KCB, 2021, 415 p.
On this occasion, Pierre Bibault received the title of “Doctor of Arts”
Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, Belgium

April 22–26
21st Century Guitar
Lecture Recital, Selection Jury Board Member
Lisbon, Portugal
Covid 19 Situation: transformed into digital event

May–June
Recording Part 2 of “The Steve Reich Guitar Project”
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May 18
Residence and Concert w/ Ensemble Variances, Thierry Pécou
Works by the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Students in Composition
Salle Cortot, Paris, France

May 22
Interview with Jeremie Szpirglas for the texts on “The Steve Reich Guitar Project”
Paris, France

June 1–5
Solo Concert
Bangkok International Guitar Festival
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

June 3
Jury for the guitar exams
Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Alfred Cortot

June 3
Jury for the State Diploma
Pôle Sup’ 93

June 14
Jury for the guitar exams
Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt

June 15–18
Residence and Concert w/ Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Dir. Maxime Pascal
“Audiodrome, Dead City Radio” (e.g.), by Fausto Romitelli
Radio France Auditorium, Paris, France

June 17
Residence w/ Ensemble Variances and Gualtiero Dazzi
“Madrigali” (e.g.), by Gualtiero Dazzi, to be premiered on October 15, 2021, Scène Nationale de Belfort
Radio France, Paris, France

June 30–July 1
Mixing and Mastering of “The Steve Reich Guitar Project” by Thomas Vingtrinier
Studio Sequenza, Paris, France

July 7–11
Artistic Director, Concert (Premiering a Zad Moultaka’s “Ordo ab chao”), Masterclass & Jury
4th International Guitar Festival in Bearn – FIGB
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South of France

August 27
Solo Concert
Steve Reich, launching concert
De Bijloke, Gent, Belgium

September 6–10
Residence w/ Ensemble Variances and Gualtiero Dazzi
“Madrigali” (e.g.), by Gualtiero Dazzi, to be premiered on October 15, 2021
Scène Nationale de Belfort, France

September 27
Residence w/ Ensemble Intercontemporain, Dir. Matthias Pintscher
“Die Stadt Ohne Juden” (e.g.), by Olga Neuwirth
Paris Philharmony, France

September 30–October 3
Residence and Concert w/ Ensemble Intercontemporain, Dir. Matthias Pintscher
“Die Stadt Ohne Juden” (e.g.), by Olga Neuwirth
Cincinnati Hall, USA

October 14-18
Solo Concert
Steve Reich
Rhodes Island, Boston, USA

November 15–16
Residence & Concert w/ Ensemble Variances and Gualtiero Dazzi
“Madrigali” (e.g.), by Gualtiero Dazzi
Brussels, Belgium

2020

February
Residence w/ Thierry Pécou, preparing the premiere of his new Opera “Until the Lions”
Paris (FR)

March 5–27
Opera Premiere
w/ orchestra and electric guitar
more details to come
Strasbourg Opera (FR)
Covid 19 Situation: Postponed to September 2022

April 2–5
Solo Concert
Boston International Guitar Festival, USA
Covid 19 Situation: Postponed to October 2021

April 17–20
Jury @ International Music Competition
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Covid 19 Situation: Postponed to June 2020

April 22–24
Concert, Masterclass & Jury
Guitar Status 2020
Conservatorio di musica di Perugioa, Italy
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

May 18–25
Residence w/ Ensemble intercontemporain, Conducted by Matthias Pintscher
Philharmonie de Paris, France
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

June 4–14
California Tour w/ Ensemble intercontemporain, Conducted by Matthias Pintscher
June 4th: Olga Neuwirth’s “Le Encantadas” @ Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles
June 6th – 10th: Residency @ Ojai Festival
June 11th: Concert (Soloist with EIC) Olga Neuwirth’s “Eleanor” @ Ojai Festival CA, USA
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

June 12
Solo Recording for Guitar Salon International
Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

July 1–5
Artistic Director, Concert (Premiering a Commissioned New Music Piece), Masterclass, Jury
4th International Guitar Festival in Bearn – FIGB
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South of France
Covid 19 Situation: Postponed to July 2021

July 11– 21
Hong Kong Altamira Guitar Symposium
Lecture Recital, TBC
Hong Kong
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

August
Teresina International Guitar Festival
Solo Concert, Masterclass
Date TBA
Brazil
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

August
Recording Part 1 of “The Steve Reich Guitar Project”
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August 25 – Concert w/ Ensemble Variances, Thierry Pécou
Abbatiale de Rouen , Normandy, France
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

September 10– 16
Residence & Concert w/ Ensemble Intercontemporain, Conducted by Matthias Pintscher
September 16th: “Professor Bad Trip, Lesson I” by Fausto Romitelli
Cité de la Musique, Paris

November 2–5
21st Century Guitar
Lecture Recital, Selection Jury Board Member
Lisbon, Portugal
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

November 9–13 – Solo Concert, Masterclass
International Guitar Festival
Bangkok, Thailand
Covid 19 Situation: Canceled

December 6-8
Video Concert w/ Ensemble Variances
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About

Pierre Bibault is a multifaceted French classical and electric guitarist.

He has performed in more than 25 countries, and in many prestigious venues: Radio France, Philharmonie de Paris, Flagey in Brussels, Wigmore Hall in London.

As a soloist, he explores contemporary music: written, improvised, with electronics, or sounds transformed in real time, and handles his guitars as well as samplers, loopers and computers. He works closely with today’s composers, many of whom have dedicated their guitar works to him. Among them: Zad Moultaka, Thierry Pécou, Jeffrey Holmes.

On October 1, 2021 (IndéSens Records) he released the recording of the complete works for electric guitar by the American minimalist composer Steve Reich (1936-), who himself validated the program of the disc, and whom we celebrated the 85 years on October 3, 2021. Press and radio already reserve a warm welcome to the album: “Guitare, guitares” on France Musique devoted a special edition to it, “Générations France Musique le live” invited Pierre Bibault for a concert and an interview, and “Classical Guitar Magazine” has reserved a double page for it (November 2021).

Since 2018, Pierre Bibault has been an additional musician (classical and electric guitars) for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, under the direction of Matthias Pintscher. With the Ensemble he was able to collaborate with many essential composers and composers of the international contemporary scene: Olga Neuwirth, Rebecca Saunders, James Dillon, and explore a wide repertoire, ranging from psychedelic rock written by Frank Zappa, to music for the film Die Start ohne Juden by Olga Neuwirth published and broadcast on Arte TV.

In 2019, the Ensemble invited him as a soloist for the French creation of the classical guitar concerto “Ode an Eine Äolsharfe” by Hans Werner Henze, at the Cité de la Musique, Philharmonie de Paris.

In June 2020, he was invited back as a soloist for the premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s “Eleanor” electric guitar concerto, to be held at the Ojai Festival near Los Angeles, USA. The tour was finally canceled, in the midst of the Covid crisis.

Pierre Bibault is a permanent member of Thierry Pécou’s Ensemble Variances, which he joined in 2017 (Festival Présences at Radio France, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Cortot in Paris, Opéra de Rouen, etc.).

During the various Covid lockdowns, the Ensemble transformed its concert season, and in particular its 2020-2021 residency at the Salle Cortot, into concert-recordings, all available on YouTube. A record of performed works (François-Bernard Mâche, Thierry Pécou, Jeffrey Holmes) was also released on the Ohuaya label in spring 2021.

In September 2022, Pierre Bibault will resume the creation of Thierry Pécou’s new opera “Until the Lions” with the Opéra National du Rhin.

Since 2020, he is an additional musician (classical and electric guitars) for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and has performed under the direction of great conductors: Kent Nagano, Maxime Pascal.

Pierre Bibault is a Doctor of Arts, and the author of a thesis Gesture and a Gesture Extraction Process in Zad Moultaka’s Music for Solo Guitar.s: A Performer’s Perspective, VUB / KCB, 2021, 415 p.

 He is the Artistic Director of the International Guitar Festival in Béarn since its creation in 2017, and has been a Project Advisor and Supervisor for the Paris Guitar Foundation from 2014 to 2018.

Pierre Bibault is a Professor at the Paris Conservatories (Entitled, Cat. A), in the 12th and 16th arrondissements, as well as a Teacher-Researcher at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. He frequently gives Masterclasses and Conferences in France and abroad.

Pierre Bibault est un guitariste classique et électrique français aux multiples facettes.

Il a joué dans plus de 25 pays, et dans de très nombreuses et prestigieuses salles : Radio France, Philharmonie de Paris, Flagey à Bruxelles, Wigmore Hall de Londres.

En tant que soliste, il explore les musiques contemporaines écrites, improvisées, de sons transformés en temps réel avec électronique, et manie aussi bien ses guitares que les samplers, loopers et ordinateurs. Il travaille en étroite collaboration avec les compositeurs d’aujourd’hui, dont plusieurs lui ont dédié leurs oeuvres pour guitare. Parmi eux : Zad Moultaka, Thierry Pécou, Jeffrey Holmes.

Il a sorti le 1er octobre 2021 (IndéSens Records) l’enregistrement de l’intégrale des œuvres pour guitare électrique du compositeur minimaliste américain Steve Reich (1936-), qui a validé lui-même le programme du disque, et dont on a fêté les 85 ans le 3 octobre 2021. Presse et radio réservent déjà un accueil chaleureux à l’album : « Guitare, guitares » sur France Musique lui a consacré une émission, « Générations France Musique le live » a invité Pierre Bibault pour un concert et une interview, et « Guitare Classique Magazine » lui a réservé une double page (novembre 2021).

Depuis 2018, Pierre Bibault est musicien supplémentaire (guitares classique et électrique) pour l’Ensemble Intercontemporain, sous la direction de Matthias Pintscher. Avec l’Ensemble il a pu collaborer avec de nombreux compositeurs et compositrices incontournables de la scène contemporaine internationale : Olga Neuwirth, Rebecca Saunders, James Dillon, et explorer un large répertoire, allant du rock psychédélique écrit de Frank Zappa, à la musique pour le film Die Start ohne Juden d’Olga Neuwirth paru et diffusé sur Arte TV.

En 2019, l’Ensemble l’invite comme soliste pour la création française du concerto pour guitare classique « Ode an Eine Äolsharfe » de Hans Werner Henze, à la Cité de la Musique, Philharmonie de Paris.

En juin 2020, il est réinvité comme soliste pour la création du concerto pour guitare électrique « Eleanor » d’Olga Neuwirth, qui doit avoir lieu au Festival Ojai près de Los Angeles, USA. La tournée est finalement annulée, en pleine crise Covid.

Pierre Bibault est membre permanent de l’Ensemble Variances de Thierry Pécou, qu’il a rejoint en 2017 (Festival Présences de Radio France, Wigmore Hall de Londres, Salle Cortot à Paris, Opéra de Rouen, etc.).

Durant les différents confinements Covid, l’Ensemble a transformé sa saison de concert, et notamment sa résidence 2020-2021 à la Salle Cortot, en concerts-captations, tous disponibles sur YouTube. Un disque des oeuvres interprétées (François-Bernard Mâche, Thierry Pécou, Jeffrey Holmes) est également paru sur le label Ohuaya au printemps 2021.

En septembre 2022, Pierre Bibault reprendra la création du nouvel Opéra de Thierry Pécou « Until the Lions » avec l’Opéra National du Rhin.

Depuis 2020, il est aussi supplémentaire (guitares classique et électrique) pour l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, et a joué sous la direction de grands chefs tels que Kent Nagano et Maxime Pascal.

Pierre Bibault est Docteur des Arts, et l’auteur d’une thèse Gesture and a Gesture Extraction Process in Zad Moultaka’s Music for Solo Guitar.s: A Performer’s Perspective, VUB/KCB, 2021, 415 p.

Il est Directeur Artistique du Festival International de Guitare en Béarn depuis sa création en 2017, et a été Conseiller et Superviseur de Projets pour la Paris Guitar Foundation de 2014 à 2018.

Pierre Bibault est Professeur des Conservatoires de Paris (Titulaire, Cat. A), aux 12ème et 16ème arrondissements, ainsi qu’Enseignant-Chercheur au Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. Il donne fréquemment des Masterclasses et Conférences en France et à l’étranger.

Electric Guitar: (e.g.) | Classical Guitar: (c.g.)

D’ANGELO Nuccio
Due Canzoni Lidie (c.g.)

DUFOURT Hugues
La Cité des Saules, for electric guitar and sound transformation (e.g.)

MOULTAKA Zad
Calvario, for guitar and electronics (c.g.)
Kahraba, for electric guitar and electroacoustics (e.g.), commissioned by Pierre Bibault and Onoma
Ordo ab chao, for guitar and electronics (c.g.), dedicated to Pierre Bibault

MURAIL Tristan
Tellur (c.g.)
Vampyr! (e.g.)

OHANA Maurice
Tiento (c.g.)

PECOU Thierry
Flux, Eclats, Orient (c.g.)
Passacaille (c.g.), dedicated to Pierre Bibault

REICH Steve
Electric Counterpoint (e.g. + tape)
Electric Guitar Phase (e.g. + tape)
Nagoya Guitars (e.g. + tape)
Clapping Music

ROMITELLI Fausto
Solare (c.g.)
Trash TV Trance, for electric guitar, effects and sampler (e.g.)

ANDRIESSEN Louis
Life (e.g.)

BENJAMIN Georges
Sometimes Voices (banjo)

BRANCA Glenn
Symphony n°16 « Orgasm”, for 100 electric guitars (e.g.)

BOWMAN Max
Sonata, for classical guitar and cello (c.g.)

CAGE John
Story (Once upon a time)

CHOI Yeni
On the boat (c.g.)

CRUMB Georges
Mundus Canis, for classical guitar and percussions (c.g.)

DAZZI Gualtiero
Madrigali (e.g.)

DILLON James
Tanz / Haus Triptych (e.g.)

GLASS Philip
Façades (e.g.)
Music in Similar Motion (e.g.)

HENZE Hans Werner
Ode An Eine Äolsharfe, music for concertante Guitar and 15 solo instruments (c.g.)

HOLMES Jeffrey
Kaun (Kenaz) (c.g.)

KORDA Josephine
Mycelium (c.g.)

LACHENMANN Helmut
Concertini (c.g.)

MÂCHE François-Bernard
Vigiles (c.g.)

MARINISSEN Arnold
Mestre Claudinei, for classical guitar and cello (c.g.)
Métisse (e.g.)

MERCANTI Gabriele
Clepsamia (c.g.)

MONDON Nicolas
Daily Colotomy (c.g.)

MOULTAKA Zad
Anath (c.g.)

NEUWIRTH Olga
Die Stadt Ohne Juden (e.g.)
Eleanor (e.g.)
Hommage à Klaus Nomi (e.g.)
Le Encantadas (e.g.) 

PECOU Thierry
Méditation sur la fin de l’espèce (e.g.)

ROMITELLI Fausto
Professor Bad Trip, Lesson I (e.g.)
Audiodrome, Dead City Radio (e.g.)

SAUNDERS Rebecca
Scar (e.g.) 

STOCKHAUSEN Karlheinz
Aus den sieben Tagen (e.g.)
Tierkreis (e.g.)

TAKEMITSU Toru
Toward the sea, for classical guitar and flute (c.g.)

 ZAPPA Frank
Get Whitey (c.g.)
G-Spot Tornado (e.g.)
The Dog Breath Variations (banjo)

BENJAMIN Georges
Sometimes Voices (banjo)

BOCK Jerry
Fiddler on the Roof (c.g.)

GULDA Friedrich
Cello Concerto (c+e. g.)

KRASA Hans
Brundibar (c.g.)

LEGRAND Michel
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (c+e. g.)

MAHLER Gustav
Symphonie No. 7 (c.g.)

SHOSTAKOVICH Dmitri
Jazz Suite (c.g.)

ROMITELLI Fausto
Audiodrome, Dead City Radio (e.g.)

BOLLING Claude
Concerto for Classical Guitar and Jazz Trio (c.g.)

HENZE Hans Werner
Ode An Eine Äolsharfe, music for concertante Guitar and 15 solo instruments (c.g.)

NEUWIRTH Olga
Eleanor (e.g.)

TEDESCO Mario-Castelnuevo
Romancero Gitano, for Guitar and Choir

VILLA-LOBOS Heitor
Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (c.g.)

VIVALDI Antonio
Concerto in D Major, for mandoline, argt for Guitar (c.g.)
Concerto for two mandolines, argt for two guitars (c.g.)

Baroque

BACH Johann Sebastian
French Suite BWV 812

SCARLATTI Domenico
K9
K11
K308
K430

VIVALDI Antonio
Concerto for two mandolines, argt for two guitars (c.g.)

– Spanish 20th Century

GRANADOS Enrique
Danzas Espanolas n°1, 2, 6
Valses Poeticos

MOMPOU Federico
Cançon i danses n°2, 5, 6

RODRIGO Joaquin
Tonadilla

– 20th Century

GINASTERA Alberto
Suite de Danzas Criollas, Op. 15

PIAZZOLLA Astor
Lo Que Vendra
Tango Suite

PIERRE-PETIT
Toccata

– Post 1960 / Contemporary

HOLMES Jeffrey
Danzleikr Sonata, dedicated to Duo Resonances

North America (USA, Canada) booking

DanMcDaniel@live.com
danmcdanielmanagement.com

General Inquiries

contact@pierrebibault.com