Jacques Demierre


Jacques Demierre is a pianist, composer and improviser. Whether acoustic or electroacoustic, respectful of the frames of traditional writing or freely improvised, his experimentations can be music just as well as sound poetry and sound interventions in situ.

Author of numerous pieces for ensemble or voice, the composer Demierre also readily explores the evocative force of the most quotidian noises. While expanding the sound possibilities offered by the piano instrument, Jacques Demierre explores ways in which it approaches the field of language. His critical reflection develops a highly transversal and “interdisciplinary” conception of music, which has brought him to work with a number of musicians from very diverse backgrounds.

Intense and continued activity for several years in duo with Vincent Barras in the field of sound poetry and frequent collaborations with Chris Mann, Caroline Bergvall, L’Encyclopédie de la parole, Christian Kesten.

Interdisciplinary projects with choreographers Noemi Lapzeson, Cindy van Acker, Foofwa d’Immobilité.

As a pianist, we can mention collaborations with Barre Philips, Urs Leimgruber, Thomas Lehn, Axel Dörner, Jonas Kocher, Christian Marclay, Martial Solal, Radu Malfatti, Joëlle Léandre, Fritz Hauser, Andrea Parkins, Sainkho Namtchylak, Lou Mallozzi, Urs Blöchlinger, Irene Schweizer, among others.

Co-founder with Philippe Albera and Vincent Barras of the Contrechamps Review and Editions, dedicated to the music of the XXth and XXIrst centuries, Jacques Demierre is the 2007 laureate of the Ville de Genève Music Award and laureate of the Swiss Music Prize 2018.


Artist's activities

DDK and GGRIL, Rimouski 17.102023. Pictures by Xavier Sénéchal
October 13-17 2023: Concerts in Québec, Ottawa, Montréal and Rimouski, December 9 to 22, concerts in Metz, Genève, London, Ashburton, Brighton, Dieppe
Luc Ferrari 1964 (picture © Brunhild Ferrari)
Concert / Performance, Event in Biel/Bienne, Talk
September 29 & 30: A two-day festival with music by Luc Ferrari, ErikM, Gilles Grimaître, Bruit – Group for Music Creation a.o. in Biel/Bienne
DDK Trio (picture by Danika Trajkovic)
Tour, Concert / Performance
May 17-22 2022 : A tour of six concerts In Budapest, Berlin, Belgrade, Vienna, Wiesbaden, Hannover
DDK Trio 2021 by Yann Staffelbach
Concert / Performance, Event in Biel/Bienne
September 19-21 2021: Concerts in Biel/Bienne
DDK Trio at Lisboa incommum 2021
Tour, Concert / Performance
June 9-13 2021: A series of five concerts in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Barreiro, Caldas da Raihna
Šalter Ensemble Ljubljana 2019 (picture by Marcandrea)
Concert / Performance, Event in Biel/Bienne, Tour
Bruit’s activities from 2017 to 2019
Intervention #2 Screenshot
Concert / Performance, Event in Biel/Bienne, Tour
Bruit’s activities from 2014 to 2016

Artist's editions

CD Ferrari-Kocher
CD, Digital Release
-bRt- group for music creation
CD Cone of Confusion
CD, Digital Release
DDK Trio
Quiet Novosibirsk
Book, DVD/Video
Jonas Kocher, Gaudenz Badrutt

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