Saturday, June 20, 2015

Thomas Barriere 13 Questions

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Thomas Barrière was 14 when he began to scrape the three strings of an old forgotten guitar.

Insidious virus. It surrenders in long monotonous melodies, repetitive, and no longer see the end. After a few rounds with various groups, Thomas did not hesitate. It will be guitarist. At 21, he joined Pro Musica, Thor training, in Vaucluse, and won three years after a DEM contemporary music.

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"Step across the border", the documentary on the guitarist Fred Frith, is a revelation. He is 22, he recognizes his path: the music through the playful diversion of the instrument (use of absurd objects, piezzos, more or less electronic gadgets) and exploration in all directions.

Since then, open sea navigation. Solo, duet, in the archipelagos of the circus, dance, image, theater. Art has no boundaries, it's good, his music either.

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Thomas dialogue, exchange, sharing, built with musicians Bastien Pelenc (companion), Guigou Chenevier, Benjamin Chaval, Yann Lecollaire, Sofiane Remadna, Fred Giuliani, Lionel Garcin, Nolwenn Donnet-Descartes, Diego Cofone, Kevin Laval, Benjamin Nogaret, Sara Giommetti, Emilie Lesbros Tom Gareil, Damien Ravnich, Bart Maris, Jules Bernable Philippe Renault, Francis Rossi, Mathieu Prual, Nush Werchowska, David Merlo ...; of Circassian: Le Cirque Trottola and Petit Booth Theatre, The Cubitus From Penguin, Coy Rouge Elea; UFOs: The Malaxe company; dancers: Co. Ex Nihilo, the Giolisu company Sara Jaleco, Yvan Bertrem, Gustavo Miranda; filmmakers and documentary makers: Xavier Seron, Meryl Fortunat Rossi, Boris Lehman, Vincent Capes, Antoine Chosson; visual artists: Eric Minette, Marc Hernandez; Boris Crack writer; directors and actors: Perrine Maurin, Sky De Sela, Alexandre Demay, Mawen Noury ​​...

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Thomas mixes sound material and melodies, improvisation and composition, crossing ways with the performing arts and cinema, mixing the most pure experimentation with the most ethereal pop.
Many nomadic accomplices that enrich the journey. And reinforce its course.

What do you remember about your first approach to music?

My mother taked out from the kitchen a heap of pans.

She put a vinyl, most of the time batucada or gamelan and we improvised with the pans, the voice or dancing.

Which was the first and the last record you bought with your own money?

The first one was Use your illusions 2 (Guns'n Roses) and my last The german years (Moondog).
When I was younger, I listened equally to Guns'n Roses, Mozart, Pantera, Anouar Brahem, Miles Davis.
Thanks Mum !

How's your musical routine practice?

I haven't got musical routine practice...One day I play guitar.. next day  computer... Another one I focus in record the sound in the city... I like the wind

What is your relationship with other art disciplines?

I love art! I make many music for performing arts and movies..
I made a tour with a Circus during 4 years. many roads, big top montages, shows... It was a beautiful experience! It changed my life and my state of mind. Be in service of performing arts, so the ego.

Tell me one musical work which has provoked a change in your music.

The meeting with the Trottola Circus was decisive for me.
Before, I was only in experimental music, drone, prepared guitar, plenty radical..
Finally, I was closed.
This circus learnt me to add a contemporary feeling to the tradition.
I used my experimental material to make songs and create something "transgender". Before, music was a  very serious science. Now, I can assume others sides of my personality, I feel more free. I play drones, kitsch, lyrical, humorous musics without complex.
The circus also showed me that a concert is really a performance, it's not only a recording!
Your physical attitude, your clothes incorporate the show.
Before, I was very straight and tense. Now, I breathe and I stacken off in the music.

Why do you need music? Can we live without music?

Music is everywhere. My experimental listening approach lead me to apprehend the world with my ears.
A discussion, a machine, all is music...

Tell me one impossible project do you like to realize?

I would like make a band with a siberian shaman, twelve aka pygmies, fifty indonesian gamelan players, Fred Frith and Jimi Hendrix !

Can you describe a sound experience that you believe contributed to your becoming a musician? 

Thirteen years ago, I didn't play improvised music.
With a friend we saw "Step across the border".
Just after, we ate something and we decided to see again the movie.
In the afternoon, we found on the house's floor a flyer wich announce Fred Frith's solo for the next day at one hundred kilometers!
Of course, we went to the concert. From that moment, ours musics changed radically. 

What instruments and tools do you use?

I use different sets...I work with guitar, prepared or not.
I play with banjo, bouzouki, mandolin...
I play percussions, an horizontal bass drum, with many objects, singing bowls...
I combine guitar and percussions played with the foot for the circus and differents projects like "Algecow".
I work a lot with computer. I carve my field recording, samples with ableton live and recently I use virtual instrument wich lead me towards new horizons.

How do you feel listening to your own music?

I've got often a strange feeling.
I feel it's not me who made the song, it created alone....and it's not me who played. I feel that harder when I record the track...
I listen to me as little as possible to listen others musics. There are so many!!

What special or extrange techniques do you use?

I play with two double neck guitars, one 6/12 strings and the other Mandolin/guitar. I play with two amps and naturally, I developed specials technics. I work in particular resonance, ping pong...
I developed too a strange technic. I sing the mouth sticked to the neck wich bring out harmonic. You could listen it in "Rapaces" on my solo album "Primaire"

What is some valuable advice that someone has given to you in the past? 

Keep calm. Breathe. Listen.......and only after, play.

What is the most recent musical experience that has attracted your attention?

Peter Evans solo. His work is so interesting. He play trumpet solo but you feel like electronic staff. He is unbelievable ! Listen "More is more" (PSI records)
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Selected Discography


« PRIMAIRE » (2014)
Guitare double manche et composition : Thomas Barriere
"QUADRILATERE Volume 1" (2015)
Thodol Label 
« PRIMAIRE » (2014)
Thodol Label

« VOLCHOK » (2012)

Musique du spectacle du Cirque Trottola
Thodol Label
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« LES DANSEUSES » (2011)
with Lionel Garcin 
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« ALGECOW » (2012)
avec Bastien Pelenc et Thomas Barrière

 Le Livre :Un roman de Gaston Leroux - 200 pages 13,5/21 cm. Dos carré collé. Photomontages de Vincent Capes
Le film :Phantom of the opéra  (U.S.A) - 1925 - 90 mn - N&B colorisé - 4/3, Muet. Cartons sous-titrés en français. Scénario de Elliott Clawson, d’après le roman de Gaston Leroux. Produit par Carl Laemmle
Avec Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry & A.E. Carewe

Mini DVD

Mini DVD
« 3 VUELTAS » (2013)
Film documentaire de Meryl Fortunat Rossi
Musique : Thomas Barrière
Production : Helicotronc

« GUITARS An Anthology Of Experimental Solo Guitar Music » (2010)
Commandité par le label italien Setola di maiale
25 guitaristes européens : Stefano Pilia / Anders Lindsjö / 
Olaf Rupp / Neil Davidson / Michal Dymny / Manuel Mota / Marco Tabellini / 
Chris Iemulo / Alvari Lume / Hannes Buder / 
Gilles Laval / Peter Stenberg / Brian Mitchell / Nicotina / Pablo Montagne / Roger Sundström / 
Eric Arn / Thomas Barrière / Mikaele Pellegrino / Yannis Frier / Jonny Drury / Filippo Giuffré / Olivier Bost


« Première compilation du label THODOL » (2011)
avec Yann Lecolaire, Quentin Manfroy, Eric Bribosia, Benjamin Chaval, 
Sofiane Remadna, Picola Naine, Lionel Garcin, Sébastien Mazoyer, Mr Viande,
 Pan, Christine Daee, Géraldine Cozier, Sara Klenes, François Vaiana, Elliot et U 235
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