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 highly intuitive nature. Bérangère Maximin’s music engages the listener in consideration of space and textures. The sound ambivalence and its independence from its original source being at the centre of her work.
She tours in solo in electronic music venues and contemporary art museums across Europe and North America such as New York Roulette, Swiss Dampfzentrale and London Hayward Gallery and shares the bills with singular personalities: Tim Hecker, CoH, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Bernard Parmegiani, Christian Zanesi and Fennesz among others.
More occasionally, she also performs in jazz oriented festivals like Quebec Victoriaville's FIMAV or plays with the uncompromising musician Fred Frith in improvisation. The duo's been active since 2011 in the US and France. This musical crossover is meant to continue.
Since 2010, the composer has 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 Institute (2010) and was artist in residence at ‘Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs’ in New York City (Cultures France, 2011).
Live practice first came to Berangere through John Zorn and his Tzadik label (USA) who gave her acousmatic work a warm welcome and released her debut album Tant Que Les Heures Passent (As Long As The Hours Go By) in the Composer Series in 2008. This gave her inspiration to start a parallel set of experimentation to her studio works which soon left a trace in the form of a collaborative album with brilliant musicians she had met on the road : No One Is An Island featuring Frédéric D. Oberland, Christian Fennesz and Richard Pinhas at the guitar, and Rhys Chatham at the 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 fourth album Dangerous Orbits released on the Belgian label Crammed Discs' Made To Measure series in May 2015 received a warm international feedback. "A menacing silvery growl, a muffled dubby pulse, a discomforting reminder that the universe does not at all belong to us" according to The Wire Magazine.
Interviews and feature articles :
- 'Deep Listening: Berangere Maximin interviewed' The Quietus (UK)
- 'Der Himmel donnert' Die Tageszeitung (DE)
- '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)
Radio interviews (in French)
- Tapage Nocturne, France Musique
- Atelier du son, Fance Culture
- 'Mon électro élastique ' Arte Radio
- Radio Libertaire (Paris).
Her creations are regularly broadcast on the radio and played in festivals, museums, concert venues and clubs : Paris - Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral's Crypt, Présences Electronique Festival, 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 Friedenkirsche (Berlin, DE), West Germany club (Berlin, DE), Neue Musik Köln/ Sound & Unsound Festival (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)