Commissioned piece :
Title : Lichen (pour piano solo et petit ensemble)
Composer: Jérôme Combier
Can music reflect the terrible of time? And can a few minutes contain all the wear and tear of the earth, the wear and tear of stones, the wear and tear of metal? Or precisely, does man’s music go up against, again and again, a little in vain, towards an origin which, although ideal, would also be the only guarantee of his presence in the world. Lichen on a stone, to say the image of a piano, with brief resonances, won by outfits of winds and rubbed sounds. The image of an unshakeable world – this beautiful temperament – eaten away by the microtonality that will have covered it. Finally, the image of virtuosity – but then the one Berio talks about and not another – gangrened by a stagnation and calm that will eventually have absorbed everything. Lichen would be a struggle; that of the artist and his expressiveness, that of the performer and his interiority. The one of any art finally looking for a language.
Note of intent from Jérôme Combier
Commissioned by Orléans International Competition for the 11th Orléans International Piano Competition
Lichen by Jérome Combier performed by Aline Piboule, winner of the Orleans International Competition 2014:
Composer in the spotlight : Jérôme Combier
In 2005 he composed music for the Ensemble Recherche in the framework of the Festival d’Automne in Paris. In collaboration with Pierre Nouvel, he created the installation Noir Gris for the Beckett exposition organised by the Centre Georges Pompidou. Since 2006, he has been invited regularly by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to contribute as a guest to the Académie européenne de musique’s activities and in 2011, in association with the video artist Pierre Nouvel, he imagined the Opéra Austerlitz based on the novel by W.G Sebald. Austerlitz was produced by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Opéra de Lille and the Kaaitheater of Brussels. In 2008 is invited as composer teatcher in Royamont abbey. In 2009 is obtain a commision by Le Musée du Louvre during the cycle of concerts Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez. His piece, Anima Foglia for violin, is played also at Lucern Festival. In 2012, the Opéra de Lyon commissionned an opéra based on the novel Terre et cendres by the afghan writer Atiq Rahimi.
His music is published by Henry Lemoine. and by Verlag Neue Musik Berlin. Some of his works have already been recorded by the Ensemble Cairn on the Motus label and Æon.
Jerôme Combier is the artistic director of Ensemble Cairn, he is teatcher in a art school : Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy.