Working out of her private studio since 2008, Bérangère Maximin has developed her own approach to sound art and electronic music, composing dense, immersive pieces with immediate impact. On four albums which have aroused international interest, she has revealed a taste for mixing disparate sounds together with a sense of detail, effusive, lyrical playings with the digital material and tight nuanced writing. Still, she remains a very intuitive nature.
Bérangère Maximin’s music engages the listener in consideration of space and textures. The sound ambivalence and its independence from visual references being at the centre of her work. Siklon, her latest live piece for recorded sound objects, microphonics, voice and digital chimeras got previewed in Berlin in June of 2015 and received an extended review on the national German newspaper Die Tageszeitung. Then she's played this solo at London's Hayward Gallery, New York's Roulette, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral's Crypt as well as in festivals and clubs in Europe and North America.
Her fourth and latest album Dangerous Orbits has been released on the Belgian label Crammed Discs' Made To Measure series in May 2015 and this lead her to share the bill with singular personalities such as Tim Hecker and CoH at Dampfzentrale in Switzerland or Keith Fullerton Whitman at London Cafe Oto as well as in more jazz oriented festivals as Portugese Jazz ao Centro Clube and Quebec Victoriaville's FIMAV.
In the last couple of years, Bérangère has performed accross Europe and the United States and made her first appearance in Germany, Sweden and Portugal. Since 2010, she’s also obtained commissions and residencies at Paris' Ina-GRM (2010, 2011, 2012), Stockholm's EMS (2014), France's La Muse En Circuit (2014), Grim-Montévidéo (2010), IMEB and was artist in residence at ‘Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs’ in New York City (Cultures France, 2011).
Interviews and feature articles :
- 'Der Himmel donnert' Die Tageszeitung (DE)
- 'Deep Listening: Berangere Maximin interviewed' The Quietus (UK)
- 'Bérangère Maximin vous présente ses 5 disques de musique expérimentale préférés' The Drone (FR)
- '200 Words: Bérangère Maximin' The Out Door (USA)
- 'Beyond The Limits of Language' 15questions.net (DE)
- Atelier du son, Fance Culture
- 'Mon électro élastique ' Arte Radio
- Radio Libertaire (Paris).
The best way to get over the cabin fever and refresh the brain is to take the gear and go perform alongside strong characters such as Fred Frith in improvisation. This musical crossover is meant to continue.
Live practice first came to Berangere through John Zorn and his label Tzadik (USA) who gave her acousmatic work a warm welcome and released her debut album Tant Que Les Heures Passent in 2008. This gave her confidence to start a parallel set of exprimentation which left a trace in the form of a collaborative album with brilliant musicians she met on the road : No One Is An Island featuring Frédéric D. Oberland, Christian Fennesz, Richard Pinhas at the guitar, and Rhys Chatham on trumpet. This second series of compositions got released on Sub Rosa's Framework series (Belgium) in limited CD and LP edition in 2012. The monolithic Infinitesimal quickly followed on the same series (2013). The electronic piece in five movements describes a progressive transformation where only matters the physicality of the moment, it "slowly establishes internal logic, matching the way things make sense in your head even if you can't explain them." (Pitchfork)
Her creations are regularly broadcast on the radio and played in festivals, museums, concert venues and clubs : Paris - Présences Electroniques, Palais de Tokyo, Maison de la Radio, Eglise St-Merri, Instants Chavirés, Maroquinerie, Auditorium St Germain, Ciné 104, Paris En Toutes Lettres festival, Paris Music Festival, Studio Galante, Batofar, Espace B, Glaz’art… France - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux CAPC, Chabada, Mains d'Oeuvre, Le FiL, La Carène, Pannonica, Island Festival / CNEAI, I.Boat, Trinitaires, Théâtre du Périscope, Lieu Multiple, Musique Action festival, Mégaphone festival... Europe: Hayward Gallery's Harmonic Series (Southbank Centre, London, UK), Cafe Oto (London, UK), Fringe festival (Dublin, Ireland), Angelica festival (Bologna, IT), Teatro Della Pergola (Florence, IT), Golden Pudel (Hamburg, DE), Ausland (Berlin, DE), Charlottenburg Friedenkircshe (Berlin, DE), West Germany club (Berlin, DE), Push Festival (SE), Fylkingen Club (SE), Other Jazz (CH), Dampfzentrale (CH)… World - Musicacoustica festival (Beijing, China), NYC - Roulette, The Stone, Death by Audio, Issue Project Room, San Francisco and the Bay Area (2011): Kitsch Gallery, Luggage Store, El Rio, Zoo…
Selected reviews of the 4 albums :
- Exclaim! (CA)
- The Wire (UK)
- The Quietus (UK)
- Pitchfork (USA)
- Chicago Reader (USA)
- Westzeit (DE)
- Rock-A-Rolla (UK)
- album of the week / Mouvement (FR)
- The 13 finest ambient releases of 2013 / Drowned in Sound (UK)
- Blow Up Magazine (IT)
- Distorsioni (IT)
- Rockerilla (IT)
- Chain DLK (IT)
- Dusted (USA)
- Brainwashed (USA)
- Stereophile (USA)
- Chronic'art (FR)