Winter 2016

November 24, 2016 11:56 am Published by Leave your thoughts



“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 Also on the program : a talk of Jean-Jacques Palix and the reading of an unpublished text from Collection Morel.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)


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