Winter & Spring 2017

Novia 391

Novia 391
: new album release with Eduard Atalba and album launch Feb 11th in Barcelona

Saturday 11th of February will be launched in Barcelona the release of the first collaboration of Pierre Bastien with Barcelonese bass player Eduard Atalba, with the collaboration of vibraphonist Aldo Aranda for the concert release at Convent de Sant Agusti (20h30, free entry). Named after Francis Picabia and his dadaist 391 magazine released for the first time in Barcelona 25th of January 1917, this collaboration has for name Novia 391 and sees Pierre Bastien on trumpet and Eduard Atalba on bass. The record is released on Eli GrasLa Olla Expréss, and the cover design is by Antoni Lafayette | Infos on the show | Facebook event | Recent interview of Pierre Bastien for Clubbing in Spain (Spanish) | Recent interview of Pierre Bastien for Town Feeling (Spanish)


Return of Motus, the collaboration with Emmanuelle Parrenin, in Fontevraud, France

After a creation residency in Fontevraud’s Abbey back in 2014, Pierre Bastien and French folk’s icon Emmanuelle Parrenin return to the premises for a new development of the collaboration and a show March 18th | More info on Motus and streaming link


Mecanoid and Quiet Motors in Bourgoin-Jallieu in March for Electrochoc festival

From March 25th to 31st, Pierre Bastien will present at Les Abattoirs in Bourgoin-Jallieu France, for the 12th edition of Electrochoc festival of electronic musics and digital arts his  installation Mecanoid along his most recent live performance Quiet motors on Sunday March 26th | More info on the program (French) | Video Mecanoid | Video Quiet Motors | Installation page


Quiet motors at Automatons’ museum in Esquelbecq and at the Museum of Angers

In April, Quiet Motors, the solo live performance of Pierre Bastien, will make two stops in French museums, first in Escquelbecq near Lille at the Automatons’ Museum for a daytime show Saturday 1st April (along concerts of The Legendary Pink Dots and Jonas Bering), and in Angers, at the City Museum on April 6th, along performances of PRISM, Deaflovers, Alexinho, L’Arsenic Fanfare and Balalajki, on an invitation of Chabada and in collaboration with Angers’ university. Both concerts are free entry ! More info on both shows soon


Pierre Bastien confirmed at Tomorrow festival at B10 in Shenzhen, China and available for other Asian shows

Pierre Bastien has just been confirmed at Tomorrow festival happening at B10 in Shenzhen, China, for a performance May 18th after the appearances of FaUSt and Keiji Haino last year there. Pierre Bastien will travel with his Quiet motors live set, for his first solo live performance in China. We’re looking at other shows in Asia in the period while he’s in the zone : don’t hesitate to get in touch ! Booking contact | Tomorrow festival


Quiet motors also to be performed in Poitiers for the 25th anniversary of the Planetarium

Wednesday May 31st, Pierre Bastien will present for the first time Quiet motors in Poitiers for the 25th anniversary of the Planetarium which already programmed more than 150 artists over six years, under its 4000 stars. For its anniversary, the Mendes France space will also welcome meetings and other talks around astronomy and space, but not only, with several guests | More info on the program



Paper Orchestra presented at Klangraum in Krems, Austria, for two festivals

Returning to Krems, Austria, after his participation to Donaufestival 2016, Pierre Bastien will present in Klangraum his installation Paper orchestra from July 1st to 30th (opening Friday June 30th), and from September 28th to October 1st for the festivals Glatt&Verkehrt et HerbstZeitlos, on an invitation of Jo Aichinger | Informations on the Klangraum program | Video Paper Orchestra | Paper Orchestra in The Quietus | Installations page


Mecanium’s installation presented at LAAC Dunkerque for “Musiques à voir”

Mecanium’s installation from Pierre Bastien will be exhibited from July 1st to September 17th at LAAC, Lieu d’Art et action contemporaine, in Dunkerque France, for “Musiques à voir”, an exhibition curated by Jean-Yves Bosseur on historic links between music and visual arts. The mechanical orchestra of Pierre Bastien will be presented along 150 pieces or scores of Vassily Kandinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Iannis Xenakis, Robert Motherwell, Pierre Alechinsky, John Cage, Jean Tinguely, Yves Klein, Fluxus‘ group, Paul Panhuysen… | Infos | Vidéo of Mecanium | Installations page


Tourdates and installations

11/02/2017 | ES | Barcelona – Convent Sant Agusti (Novia 391 w/ Eduard Altaba + Aldo Aramba)
18/03/2017 | FR | Fontevraud – Abbaye (Motus w/ Emmanuelle Parrenin)
25/03/2017 | FR | Bourgoin-Jallieu – Festival Electrochoc / Les Abattoirs (Installation Mecanoid > 31.03)
26/03/2017 | FR | Bourgoin-Jallieu – Festival Electrochoc / Les Abattoirs (Quiet motors)
01/04/2017 | FR | Escquelbecq – Festival Musique au musée / Musée des Automates (Quiet motors)
06/04/2017 | FR | Angers – Musée d’Angers (Quiet motors)
18/05/2017 | CN | Shenzhen – Tomorrow festival / B10 (Quiet motors)
31/05/2017 | FR | Poitiers – Planetarium (Quiet motors)
01/07/2017 | FR | Dunkerque – Musiques à voir / LAAC (installation Mecanium > 17.09)
01/07/2017 | AT | Krems – Glatt&Verkehrt / Klangraum (Installation Paper orchestra > 30.07)
10/09/2017 | BE | Eupen – Meakusma festival / Ikob museum (Quiet motors)
28/09/2017 | AT | Krems – HerbstZeitlos / Klangraum (Installation Paper orchestra > 01.10)


Worldwide agent :
In collaboration with Wakeupandream, Born Music, Front Porch productions, Tea Soza and Jérémie Gnaedig

Artist page | Listen to Blue As An Orange (Morphine records, 2015) on Bandcamp

Pictures credits : “Novia 391”, cover design by Antoni Lafayette, release by La Olla Expréss, 2016 and “Paper orchestra” by Anne-Laure Chamboissier


Winter 2016



“Quiet motors” recorded live in Novi Sad, Serbia

Early October, Pierre Bastien performed “Quiet motors” at legendary Studio M in Novi Sad Serbia, live studio of Serbian national TV which counts within his past appearances concerts of Chet Baker, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Archie Shepp, Charles Gayle, Barre Phillips, Anthony Braxton or Steve Lacy, for a show organized by Vojvodina Institute of Culture. The show has been recorded and is now online on YouTube. “Quiet motors” is now on booking, along other projects, for 2017 and beyond ! Contact booking :

Pierre Bastien at Semaine du Bizarre in Montreuil December 9th with Collection Morel

After recent shows at Nantes Stereolux, MACBA Barcelona, Brussels with Les Ateliers Claus, November Music in Den Bosch, UH Fest in Budapest or Wir sind die Roboter in Berlin, Pierre Bastien will present Friday 9th December for the first time in Paris and area his live soloQuiet motors for La Semaine du Bizarre at Théâtre Berthelot, on a proposal of Collection Morel for a special Bachelor machines night. Also on the program : a talk of Jean-Jacques Palix and the reading of an unpublished text from Collection Morel. Free entry with e-mail reservation to | More info on the program (in French) | Pierre will also present two short forms of Quiet motors for 30/30 – Rencontres de la forme courte in Limoges, France, January 20th 201 | More info


“Recording Angels” with Anne-James Chaton, recording by Aleksander Kolkowski

December 4th at 5 pm at Le Bon Accueil in Rennes will happen the closing of The Ghost in the Machine, after several months of exhibition. This special session, Recording Angels, will be the last opportunity for visiting Pierre Bastien’s little dancer on flapping paper Carmencita he realized for the exhibition, but also a public recording session of Anne-James Chaton and Pierre, operated by Aleksander Kolkowski with an Edison recorder on cylinder taken from his own collection | More info


Residency and concert at El Tanque, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Three residencies are extending the 2016 edition of Keroxen, a festival taking place at El Tanque, a huge cistern in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Among them, from December 12th to 17th, El Tanque is hosting Pierre Bastien for a collaboration with Madrid based video artist Roman Tower and local musician and inventor David Paredes. El Tanque is strongly challenging the work of the artists, with its 24 meters wide screen made of recycled pesticide jerrycans and its specific acoustics. There will be a public presentation of the work on Saturday the 17th of December, and a further release on the Keroxen record label. More info on Keroxen’s website soon !



Book release of “Music without musicians” on mechanical orchestras

Oct 22nd has been released at Het Apollohuis in Eindhoven “Music without musicians”, a book around an exhibition back in 1997 from Paul Panhuysen at De IJsbreker in Amsterdam around mechanical orchestras. This book documents the orchestras created by the six artists Trimpin, Frédéric Le Junter, Ulrich Eller, Ad van Buuren, Pierre Bastien and Harald Kubiczak. The CD features original recordings of each of the six orchestras. The accompanying essays by Kitty Zijlmans and Leon van Noorden use the programmatic title of the project, “Music Without Musicians,” as a point of departure for examining the absence of musicians in the process of making music | More info


Special program on France Musique for Tapage Nocturne

“L’invention, l’imaginaire… Roussel disait que l’imagination était tout pour lui, pour moi c’est important aussi, le fait d’inventer, d’imaginer et de s’abstraire du monde réel tout en le paraphrasant parfois, tout en le parasitant, mais faire quelque chose de parallèle à la réalité”. Pierre Bastien was the guest of Bruno Letort, François Bonnet and Tapage Nocturne on France Musique Nov 7th for a special program, with the streaming of unreleased tracks with Eddie Ladoire, Eduard Atalba, Steve Argüelles & Benoît Delbecq | Listen to the radio program (in French)


Interview for PW Magazine, Vienna

“The important thing is to convey emotion, something that changes your mind. High technology, low technology or no technology at all – it doesn’t really matter”. Pierre Bastien has been interviewed by Austrian magazine PW Magazine at the occasion of his performance at Donaufestival last sprint. The interview is here !


Back to NY night, collaboration with Mark Cunningham : video

This summer in Paris, Pierre Bastien was part, with a special collaboration with Mark Cunningham (Mars, Raeo…), of a program around the New York scene at Paris-104 along Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer, Tyondai Braxton, Dälek, Rhys Chatham, Brian Turner (WFMU), Rhys Chatham, Sal P from Liquid Liquid, Dominique Ponty & Stefan Lakatos play Moondog, Charlie Locker, Jacqueline Caux, Rosa Vertov… The video of the evening, made by Mariette Auvray, is now online !


4 Hands 1 Breath (Bastien/Arguëlles/Delbecq) now available for bookings

The trio 4 hands 1 breath (Pierre Bastien, Steve Argüelles & Benoît Delbecq) with prepared trumpet and 4 hands prepared piano is now available for bookings, after its world premiere at MIMI festival in Marseille last Summer | More info and player | Contact booking



New arrivals on the Pierre Bastien tapes online shop

Several new items have been added recently to Pierre Bastien’s online shop : two seven inches, first, a 200 copy split one with Mats Gustafsson (Emphase records, 2010, details) and the “XVII La Estrella” aka the beautiful Tarot one (G3G, 1993). Also now in stock : “Superstitions” CD of Nu Creative Methods (Music ‘A La Coque, 2013 – photo) and the LP “Entomology” in collaboration with One Man Nation and The Insects Orchestra (Worm, 2012) recently used as well in Acoustic Cameras, the project of Pierre Bélouin and Thierry Weyd. We also have a few copies of the new edition (2014) of the book “Musiques expérimentales” of Philippe Robert (Le Mot et le reste, 2007, in French) | Visit the online shop



04.12.2016 | FR | Rennes – Recording Angels / Le Bon Accueil (public recording, 5 pm)
09.12.2016 | FR | Montreuil – Semaine du Bizarre / Théâtre Berthelot
17.12.2016 | ES | Tenerife – El Tanque
20.01.2016 | FR | Limoges – 30/30 Rencontres de la forme courte


Worldwide agent :
In collaboration with Wakeupandream, Born Music, Front Porch productions, Tea Soza and Jérémie Gnaedig

Artist page | Listen to Blue As An Orange (Morphine records, 2015) on Bandcamp

Pictures : “Quiet motors” by PW Magazine, Music without Musicians, Nu Creative Methods (1981)


Autumn 2016



German tour for Pierre Bastien in November with shows in Berlin and Bavaria

Around the first Berlin appearance of his new live set Quiet motors at the festival Wir sind die Roboter at Musikbrauerei October 1st along Logos Foundation, Rhys Chatham, Piotr Kurek and many others, Pierre Bastien will also perform at Z-Bau in Nürnberg Oct 2nd for their first year Jubilaum and Kesselhaus in Bamberg Oct 3rd for Tag der Performance.

Pierre Bastien returns to Barcelona and MACBA for LEM Festival

Pierre will present for the first time in Barcelona his new live set Quiet motors at MACBA for the edition 2016 of LEM festival. A recent long interview in Spanish of Pierre on Town Feeling can be found here, while an interview of Pierre in English for MACBA radio, back in 2010, can be found there.


Quiet motors also announced at UH Fest, but also Stereolux, Ateliers Claus and in Novi Sad, Serbia

‘Quiet motors’ will also be presented, this Autumn, at UH Fest in Budapest where Pierre Bastien will play Oct 6th along Etienne Jaumet, Group A, The Bug and a few others Oct 6th, in Novi Sad in Serbia through Vojvodina Institute for Culture Oct 8th at the legendary Studio M, in Brussels Oct 28th aux Brigittines with Les Ateliers Claus and in Nantes, France, at Stereolux Nov 4th with CHDH, Gangpol & Mit and a few others. All tourdates below !


Mecanoid and Mecanium installations exhibited in Benelux this Autumn

At the occasion of the closing exhibition of Voorkammer in Lier, Belgium, Pierre Bastien will present Mecanoid from September 24th to November 13th in the exhibition space, following his solo exhibition Automatic music from 2010 (archives). Pierre will also present Mecanium installation at November Music in Den Bosch from November 6th to 13th, and present his most recent live set ‘Quiet motors’ to the festival on a proposal of FAQ festival | More info on November Music


Pierre Bastien joins Collection Morel again for the forthcoming Week of Bizarre near Paris

After two fruitful collaborations, including the bachelor machines (Machines célibataires) exhibition which happened at Lieu Unique, Nantes, last winter (report by The Quietus) where Pierre’s Paper orchestra was presented along pieces of Michel Carrouges, Glen Baxter, and Marcel Duchamp, Pierre Bastien and Collection Morel will collaborate again on a special night on bachelor machines December 9th at Théâtre Berthelot of Montreuil. Quiet motors will be presented there for the first time in Paris and outskirts, along a talk from Jean-Jacques Palix and a reading by Collection Morel. More info to come soon | Website of Collection Morel



Video archives of Silent motors live set

The Italian team of NuMethods has made available online a video of Silent motors, previous live set up of Pierre back in 2015, with wonderful black & white images of this wonderful two towers set, including hypnotic flutes. See the live video here !


The First Machines 1968 – 1988 and Bizarre screen-print now on sale at our shop

Two new items have been recently made available on Pierre Bastien Tapes’ shop : Les Premières Machines (The First Machines) 1968 – 1988 released on Gazul / Musea in 2007 by Dominique Grimaud on his Zut-O-Pistes collection (Pascal Comelade, Klimperei, Cyril Lefebvre, Ghédalia Tazartès, Vidéo-Aventures), and a 90 copies hand made screen print of the fake Bizarre cover of Pierre Bastien tapes, edited by Sébastien Morlighem for the latest exhibition of Collection Morel, and printed by Séverine Bascouert of L’Institut Sérigraphique. Also avalailble, records on Morphine, In Poly Sons and G3G | Visit the shop

Bizarre PBt, Collection Morel, 2015


Tourdates and installations

24.09.2016 – BE – Lier – De Laatste Show / Voorkamer (Installation Mecanoid > 13.11)
01.10.2016 – DE – Berlin – Wir sind die Roboter / Musikbrauerei
02.10.2016 – DE – Nürnberg – Z-Bau
03.10.2016 – DE – Bamberg – Tag der Performance / Kesselhaus
05.10.2016 – HU – Budapest – UH Fest (lecture)
06.10.2016 – HU – Budapest – UH Fest (performance)
08.10.2016 – SER – Novi Sad – Vojvodina Institute for Culture / Studio M
14.10.2016 – ES – Barcelona – LEM / MACBA
28.10.2016 – BE – Brussels – Ateliers Claus / Les Brigittines
04.11.2016 – FR – Nantes – Electrons libres / Stereolux w/ CHDH, Gangpol & Mit, etc
06.11.2016 – NL – Den Bosch – November Music (installation Mecanium > 13.11)
11.11.2016 – NL – Den Bosch – November Music
09.12.2016 – FR – Montreuil – Semaine du Bizarre / Théâtre Berthelot
20.01.2017 – FR – Limoges – Rencontres de la forme courte


Worldwide agent :
In collaboration with Wakeupandream, Born Music, Front Porch productions, Tea Soza and Jérémie Gnaedig.

Artist page | Listen to Blue As An Orange (Morphine records, 2015) on Bandcamp

Pierre Bastien is also available as duets with Eddie Ladoire (Phantoms), Eric Thomas, Emmanuelle Parrenin, Mark Cunningham, Pierrick Sorin and as trio (prepared trumpet + prepared piano) with Steve Argüelles and Benoît Delbecq. 

Pictures : Quiet motors in Belgrade, Resonate festival, 2016 and Silent motors at Night of Surprise, Cologne, 2015 by Studio Walter. Bizarre Pierre Bastien tapes by Sébastien Morlighem (design) and Pierre Bastien (photo), 2016, Collection Morel.


Summer 2016


Two new creations of Pierre Bastien with Tomaga and Mark Cunningham (Mars, Raeo)

In July, Pierre Bastien will present two new collaborations : first in Dunkirk at Mon Inouïe Symphonie July 3rd with the British band Tomaga (Hands in the dark), and in Paris on July 9th with Mark Cunningham (Mars, Raeo) for New York’s Nuit 104 curated by Julie Tippex, along Tyondai Braxton, Dälek, Rhys Chatham, Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer, Sefan Lakatos and Dominique Ponty play Moondog, Charlie Looker (Extra Life, Psalm Zero), Sal P (Liquid Liquid), Brian Turner (WFMU), Rosa Vertov, Patrick Vidal and Jacqueline Caux | More info on Mon Inouïe Symphonie | More info on New York’s Nuit 104 | Facebook event | Tickets | Visual : Collection Morel, screenprint by Superheights to be on sale during the event.


Quiet Motors soon in Moscow at MARS Center for audiovisual arts

After a missed apointment in Moscow in March, and his recent participation to several festivals (Donau, Flatpack, Resonate, IHME, Facto, NRMAL), Pierre will finally travel to Russia to present Quiet motors Friday June 3rd at MARS center in Moscow (Infos | Facebook event) before soon to be announced shows in Berlin, Budapest, Novi Sad in the Autumn. We’re now working on the next season bookings : don’t hesitate to get in touch ! | Contact booking


Pierre Bastien’s Paper orchestra in The Quietus and new piece/creation for The Ghost in the Machine’s exhibition

Following the participation of Pierre Bastien to The Bachelor Machines’ exhibition at Lieu Unique in Nantes curated by Collection Morel and recently reviewed by Tim Wilson for The Quietus (A Night Time Library: Pierre Bastien Among The Bachelor Machines), Pierre is part of The Ghost in the Machine’s exhibition at Musée d’Art et d’Histoire of St Brieuc, France, until October 2nd 2016. The exhibition is a proposal from Le Bon Accueil around the 130th anniversary of LÈve future future from Villiers de L’Isle-Adam. Pierre created for the occasion a the new piece, The Paper dancer, exhibited along artworks of Aleksander Kolkowski, Luke Jerram and Tilman Küntzel | More info


Blue As An Orange now available on Bandcamp and opening of the Pierre Bastien tapes’ online shop

Blue As An Orange, the most recent album of Pierre Bastien released on Morphine is now available on Bandcamp for streaming and download. Also recently opened on Pierre Bastien tapes : an online shop section with Pierre’s records released on Morphine, G3G, In Poly Sons and… Tote bags ! | Visit the shop




03.06.2016 – RU – Moscow – Mars Center for audiovisual arts (Quiet Motors)
01.07.2016 – FR – Dunkerque – Mon Inouïe Symphonie (Quiet Motors)
03.07.2016 – FR – Dunkerque – Mon Inouïe Symphonie (creation w/ Tomaga)
09.07.2016 – FR – Paris – Nuit New York / Le 104 (creation w/ Mark Cunningham)


Worldwide agent :
In collaboration with Wakeupandream, Born Music and Front Porch productions.
Picture : Quiet motors in Belgrade, Resonate festival 2016, by Studio Walter


Winter 2016

Bizarre PBt, Collection Morel, 2015

Pierre Bastien along Marcel Duchamp, Glen Baxter and
Enrique Vila-Matas in Nantes for Les machines célibataires

A paper orchestra, the robotical orchestra of paper of Pierre (video) is presented until March 13th 2016 in Nantes at Lieu unique for the exhibition on Les machines célibataires assembled by Collection Morel around the notion of bachelor machines with pieces from Michel Carrouges & Jean-Louis Couturier, Marcel Duchamp, Glen Baxter, KP Brehmer ; the figures of Raymond Roussel, Francis Picabia, Norah Borges, the shadow of Enrique Vila-Matas and the participation of Eduardo Berti. Within this library at mulitple dimensions where paper is presented as well as the notion on multiple forms, are also presented some foundations of Pierre Bastien tapes, as archives or creations | More info on the exhibition | About Collection Morel (French) | Bizarre cover : graphic design by Sebastien Morlighem, photo by Pierre Bastien, Collection Morel 2015.


Blue As An Orange reviewed by Tim Wilson for The Quietus

“On Blue As An Orange objects aren’t objects, they’re rhythms in waiting” : Tim Wilson, author for The Quietus listened to “Blue As An Orange” and liked it, evoking Pierre along the French surrealist tradition, remoulding jazz motifs with a mischievous sense of innovation. Great ! | Read the review on the Quietus website | Listen to extracts of the album on (now available as well in digital)



Quiet motors soon presented in Mexico, and all over Europe
The most recent declination of Silent motors live set Quiet motors will be presented soon at Mexico City for Festival NRMAL (13/03). The Silent motors dispositive within its different declinations will also be presented soon in Lunéville in France, with a support performance from Eduardo Berti of Oulipo, for festival Facto (24/03), in Belgrade for Resonate festival (13/04), Birmingham for Flatpack (23/04), Glasgow for The Fantom Cinema (24/04), in Palace in St Gallen, Switzerland (28/04) as well as in Bad Bonn in Düdingen (29/04). More spring shows announced soon ! All the tourdates
Tourdates & exhibitions
19.02.2016 – FR – Nantes – Les machines célibataires / Le lieu unique 
                                   (Installation “Paper orchestra” > 13.03)
10.03.2016 – MX – Mexico City – NODO (lecture)
13.03.2016 – MX – Mexico City – Festival Nrmal
24.03.2016 – FR – Lunéville – Festival Facto w/ Eduardo Berti
02.04.2016 – FI – Helsinki – IHME Contemporary festival
13.04.2016 – RS – Belgrade – Resonate festival
23.04.2016 – UK – Birmingham – Flatpack festival
24.04.2016 – UK – Glasgow – The Fantom Cinema / The Old Hairdresser’s
28.04.2016 – CH – St Gallen – The Palace
29.04.2016 – CH – Düdingen – Bad Bonn
01.05.2016 – AT – Krems – Donau festival
In collaboration with Wakeupandream, Born Music and Front Porch productions.

Autumn 2015


Blue As An Orange, new album announced 24th November on Morphine

After his last album Machinations released on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label in 2012, Pierre Bastien joins Morphine’s program with a new record, Blue As An Orange, following the release of the deep listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros’ Water Above, Sky Below. On this latest work to be released November 24th 2015 (vinyl and digital), Bastien recycled components of his Silent Motors live set and assembled new mechanical organisms—using amplified Meccano parts, motors, fans, rattles, paper, and nails—to generate rhythmic patterns. Live instrumentals, from prepared trumpets to the African Kundi harp, Javanese rabab, sanza, electric harpsichord, bass, drums, and gongs, were then superimposed on top, offering “a fresh symbiosis of speculative anthropology and the smoke-and-mirrors melancholy of old-world Paris dives.” The LP was produced by Rabih Beaini, mastered by Neel, and designed by Tankboys, with original cover art by Nathalie du Pasquier.

> First announces : Fact magazine | Resident Advisor | Juno Download
> Distributor’s page : Rush Hour | Streaming link on request 



Silent Motors all across Europe but also in Rio and San Francisco

New live set Silent Motors (live recording by National Dutch radio) of Pierre Bastien which features paper instruments along his machineries has been performed recently for Night Of Suprise at Stadtgarten in Cologne and MUDAM – Museum of Modern Art of Luxemburg. It will be performed soon in Bologna at Mast. October 23rd, at PostModernissimo in Perugia October 27th, at Time Zone Festival in Bari with Tomaga November 6th, at Foyer in Eupen, Belgium, with Meakusma November 14th and at Energy of the Sound in Wroclaw, Poland, December 12th 2015.

Silent Motors will also do its South-American premiere for Novas Frequências Festival happening in Rio-de-Janeiro Dec 1–8 with performers such as Tyondai Braxton, Mika Vaino, Phil NiblockThomas Ankersmit as guests. Pierre will as well be part of the Resonance series at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, April 14th 2016, thanks to our friend Colleen who recently performed there (video). A US tour is currently on works, in partnership with Front Porch productions, around that appearance. Be in touch if you’re interested to set up a show!



Motus with Emmanuelle Parrenin on tour in France in November

Motus, the project of Pierre Bastien along French folk icon Emmanuelle Parrenin will tour France in November with shows in Aurillac (Nov 10th, Théâtre), Rennes (Nov 17th, Le Tambour), Brest for Festival Invisible (Nov 20th) and Paris (Nov 21st, Fleury Goutte d’Or Barbara). Recently reworked under a new retroprojection set up, including new machineries, Motus is the meeting of Pierre’s mechanics, trumpet and Kundi african harp with Emmanuelle’s experimentations on traditionnal instruments such as hurdy gurdy and harp.

> More info on Motus



Installations : Paper Orchestra and creation for Mast. Bologna

After recent exhibitions such as in Kraftwerk for Berlin Atonal (Mecanology in 4 rooms) and Comix Home Base in Hong Kong for Beyond the Sound, Pierre’s installation Paper orchestra (video) will be presented from Nov 4th at Médiathèque de Blanzat in Clermont-Ferrand for Musiques Démesurées festival. Pierre will also present soon at MAST. in Bologna, on an invitation of Angelica for Foto/Industria, a special piece Lyrical machines (1977-2015), a sound installation specially composed for F/I 2015 with electro-motors, fans, Meccano parts, paper and music instruments.

These fourteen Lyrical Machines cannot be found in the music shop. I make them in my studio, with a screwdriver and a soldering system. They don’t hide in a steel case labelled by a Japanese top brand. They exhibit their mechanism from the electro-motor that is activating the wheels and gears, to the musical result. The visitor is at the same time listener and watcher: he travels into the sounds, he takes a walk inside the composition.

In 2016, his installation Paper orchestra will also be part of the exhibition of Collection Morel on bachelor machines (Les machines célibataires), from February 18th to March 13th 2016 at Lieu Unique in Nantes, France. More info soon !



Tourdates and exhibitions

23.10.2015 • IT – Bologna – Foto/Industria / MAST.  (Silent Motors + installation Lyrical machines > 25.10)
27.10.2015 • IT – Perugia – PostModernissimo (Silent Motors)
04.11.2015 • FR – Clermont-Ferrand – Musiques démesurées (Installation Paper orchestra > 18.11)
06.11.2015 • IT – Bari – Time Zone festival / Teatro Forma (Silent Motors) w/ Tomaga
07.11.2015 • IT – Napoli – Riot Studio (Silent Motors)
10.11.2015 • FR – Aurillac – Théâtre d’Aurillac (Motus w/ Emmanuelle Parrenin)
14.11.2015 • BE – Eupen – Meakusma (Silent Motors)
17.11.2015 • FR – Rennes – Le Tambour (Motus w/ Emmanuelle Parrenin)
18.11.2015 • FR – Lorient – Le Galion (w/ Eric Thomas)
19.11.2015 • FR – Penvenan – Le Logellou (w/ Eric Thomas)
20.11.2015 • FR – Brest – Festival Invisible / Le Quartz (Motus w/ Emmanuelle Parrenin)
21.11.2015 • FR – Paris – Barbara Fleury Goutte d’Or (Motus w/ Emmanuelle Parrenin)
07.12.2015 • BR – Rio-de-Janeiro – Novas Frequências festival (Silent Motors)
12.12.2015 • PL – Wroclaw – Energy of the sound (Silent Motors)
12.12.2015 • FR – Nantes – Les machines célibataires / Le lieu unique (Installation Paper orchestra > 13.03)
13.03.2016 • MX – Mexico City – Festival Nrmal (Silent Motors)
14.04.2016 • US – San-Francisco, CA – Resonance serie / Exploratorium  
In collaboration with Wakeupandream, Born Music, All Time Low and Front Porch productions.