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Christian Gérôme-Gaucher, Lausanne/Berlin

A musician and composer, a member of Velma – collective from Lausanne, since 1997 – Christian Gérôme-Gaucher has worked in a musical universe, with its forms, codes and staging, for the past few years. In 1999, he works more specifically on theatre stages and creates Velmaʼs distinct style, performances oscillating between theater, opera and concert: Cyclique 1&2” (2000), “Applique” (2001), “Rondo” (2002), “Velma Superstar” (2005) and “Requiem” (2007).

In 2010, he signs his first solo projects under his own name, “Glissando” for the City Theatre of Warsaw, “Pastiche” for the City Theater of Bern and is one of the eight artists associated to Stefan Kaegi’s and Lola Arias’ project Ciudades Paralelas, a traveling documentary theater festival produced by cities like Berlin, Buenos Aires, Zürich, Warsaw, Cork and some other locations. His contribution is titled “In the Name of the People” and is performed in court houses: it takes the form of a liturgical concert with a text based on local jurisprudence. In 2012, “Teenage Lobotomy” fits into and takes its source from a double preoccupation: first the audience member in a theatre, for whom the music seems to be an established element, in the background, and often illustrative; and then the consumer-spectator, constantly exposed to a range of commercial propaganda, political or social, who takes a breather in the soft obscurity of a performance space. Then starts the big serie “Serie Opera”, an opera trilogy for two performers which begin in november 2013 with Orfeo, continue with Othello in march 2014 and will end in june 2014 with Salomé. All this performances are based on the original librettos for Monteverdi, Verdi and Strauss, but freely adapted and edited, the musical compositions are original.
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At the core of this research is the idea that everything that makes up a scenic device can be created and composed in the same way that notes are written on a partition or sounds in a score. The whole of what is presented on stage takes an entirely new dimension because its elements, even when already potentially representative, become abstract. They no longer serve the precise narrative or meaning but the musical literature now following strict, although different, rules.These shows tried to re-situate the place music holds on stage.
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Christian Gérôme-Gaucher also composes for various dance, theater and performance productions by Elodie Pong and Robert Pacitti, Denis Maillefer and Fabienne Berger. He also writes music for films, in Switzerland for, among others, Jean-Stéphane Bron, as well as for Vincent Pluss, in Germany for Sonja Heiss, and in England for Andrew Kötting.

He has also established a reputation as a filmmaker, above all with the short film “La Caverne” (2009). Gérôme-Gaucher’s works have been performed in Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, Irland, Belgium, England, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Spain and other European venues.

..they said!

Music is not innocent. Nothing shapes identity more strongly that the soundscapes of our childhood. But: What do we expect from music in a theatrical performance? Either it’s rather unimportant, something in the background, perhaps illustrative, at any rate not on an equal par with the other aspects of theater. Something like that. Or it’s meant to release us from the permanent acoustic carpeting of commercial, political, or social propaganda and be something pleasantly else – this as well being something of a means to an end.
Teenage Lobotomy puts music center stage, while at the same time refusing us the concert. Two musicians, two guitars, two mikes, two chairs, two speakers, a whole lot of cable. Melancholically looping the sound of our everyday lives, seizing the incessant flood of sound and words and the instrumentalized sound of daily life. At the same time, however, distilling an antidote to the acoustic brainwashing to which we are continually exposed.  For all the endless reproducibility of tones and images, their lasting accessibility and excessive use has fundamentally marked our perceptual capabilities. It is nearly impossible to divest oneself of the capitalist interest in repetition. Teenage Lobotomy uses the means of theatre, with its possibilities for increased attentiveness, to decipher music and sound as almost material signs.

biography

2016
- Release of 2nd record -Sinon- by Meril Wubslin, musical project.
– Music for the theater shows Femme non-rééducable (Dominique de Rivaz)
– Music composition of the dance show Buzz Riot (Rudi van de Merwe).
– Music composition of the film La révolution silencieuse (Lila Ribi).
– Music composition of the film Moka (Frederic Mermoud).
– Music for the theater shows Romance (Valérie Liengme).
2015
- Music composition of the film Mein Leben als Film (Eva Vitija)
– Music for 2 theater shows Villa Dolorosa et Extase et Quotidien (Guillaume Beguin)
– Music composition of the film La vallée du sel (Christophe M. Saber).
2014
- Direction, music composition and performance for Serie Opera III – Salomé (a contemporary performance
based on the opera «Salomé» from Richard Strauss and Hedwig Lachmann.
– Music composition of the short-film Discipline (Christophe M. Saber).
– Music composition of the film Les Gymnastes (Gilles Monnat).
2013
- Direction, music composition and performance for Serie Opera II – Othello (a contemporary performance
based on the Opera «Otello» from Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito.
– Direction, music composition and performance for Serie Opera I – Orfeo (a contemporary performance
based on the Opera «Orfeo» from Claudio Monteverdi Alessandro Striggio.
– Lecturing At Focal Basel, Switzerland: foundation for professional training in cinema and audiovisual
media. Series of talks about music in film and documentaries, composer-director communication and
the process of producing a soundtrack.
– Mentoring in frame of the contemporary art practice and performance art, HZT Berlin. Graduates of the
MA Solo/Dance/Authorship, final work of the Student Niels Bovri.
– Music composition of the film L’expérience Blocher (Jean-Stéphane Bron), Nomination Quartz
Schweizer Filmpreis.
– Music composition of the short-film CINEMAsuisse, 2nd serie (Marie-Eve Hildbrand).
– Music composition of the short-film Petite leçon de cinéma (Jean-Stéphane Bron).
– Sound Production of the record «Far», Kassette (vitesse records)
2012
– Direction, music composition and performance for the music-theater show Teenage Lobotomy, show
for two musician-performers about manipulation, propaganda, illusions..
– Music composition of the dance show Phren (Fabienne Berger).
– Direction and editing of a short-film Dehors, c’est mieux! (3 min.30)
– Music composition of the show Peter Zumthor «ein Gebäude sein» (Un tour de Suisse).
– Direction and editing of a short-film Portrait (7 min.25)
– Direction and editing of a short-music film Krautrock night at HBC (8 min.30), with Michael Rother –
Neu!, Damo Susuki – Can, the band Camera.
2011
– Music composition of the short-film La traversée (Bruno Deville).
– Music composition of the dance show Floating Tone (Fabienne Berger).
– Music composition of the theater show Bodenprobe Kasachstan (Stefan Kaegi).
– Music composition of the dance show Miss en abyme (Rudi van de Merwe).
2010
– Direction, and music composition of the theater show Glissando (commissioned by the City Theater
Warsaw), show for 9 actors based on the life of Frederic Chopin and particularly his correspondence.
– Direction, and music composition of the performance In the name of the people (for a small 15 people
choir, the performance was played in courthouses of cities like Berlin, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Zurich
and more..), part of the Festival “Ciudades Paralelas” curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias. Based on
the justice cases of this different cities turned into a religious concert.
– Music composition of the short-film Elder Jackson (Robin Erard).
– Direction, music composition and performance for the theater show Pastiche (commissioned by the
City Theater Bern Switzerland), show for 9 actors in a scenography of Lutz&Guggisberg.
– Release of the record -1- by Meril Wubslin, musical solo project.
2009
– Direction of the fiction short-film La caverne (12 min.30), Lago Film Fest, Sui Generis International
Mention 2010
– Music composition of the dance show Twist (Fabienne Berger).
– Music composition of the dance show I’d like to save the world, but I’m too busy saving myself
(Rudi van de Merwe).
– Music composition of the short-film Edgeland Mutter (Andrew Kötting).
– Music composition of the film Traders (Jean-Stéphane Bron)
– Music composition of the commercial film Persol Sunglasses (Sonja Heiss)
2008
– Direction and editing of the fiction short-film Disparu. (11 min.)
– Direction and editing of the fiction short-film T’as encore une question? (10min.15)
– Music composition of the film Alexander Ivul (Andrew Kötting).
– Music composition of the dance show Screen Sisters (Fabienne Berger).
– Music composition of the documentary film D’une rive à l’autre (Aline Brechbühl)
– Music composition of the film Du bruit dans la tête (Vincent Pluss). Award best swiss woman actor,
quartz 2009.
– Music composition of the short-film La boule d’or (Bruno Deville).
2007
– Direction, music composition and performance for the music-theater show Requiem (with the collective
Velma and based on a requiem structure : introït, kyrie, sequence, dies irae, tuba mirum…).
– Music composition of the dance show Elle(s) (Cie Fabienne Berger).
– Music composition of the film Ville fantôme (Isabelle Flückiger).
2006
– Music composition of the film Hotel Very Welcome (Sonja Heiss).
– Music assistant on the show Without you I am nothing (Eszter Salamon)
– Music composition of the film Mon frère se marie (Jean-Stéphane Bron).
– Composition, production and release of the record Lillayell vs Velma (psychotica rec. 013)
– Music composition of the commercial Flughafen Berlin (Sonja Heiss)
2005
– Direction, music composition and performance for the music-theater show VelmaSuperstar (with the
collective Velma, theater show with a 40 people choir, a string quartet and 5 actors). )
– Music composition of 2 short-movies DESIGNsuisse, portrait of Laurent Mercier and Alexis Georgacopoulos
(direction Luc Peter) for TV’s, TSR et Arte.
– Composition, production and release of the Velma’s record La pointe farinet 2949m (gentlemen rec.
021-2)
– Music composition of the dance show Lien (Fabienne Berger).
2004
– Jury for the LUFF (Lausanne underground film festival), category short fiction-films.
– Music composition of the film A tout prix (Aline Brechbühl).
2003
– Music composition of the film Le Génie Helvetique/Mais im Bundeshuus (Jean-Stéphane Bron)
Price for the best documentary film, swiss film festival Soleure 2004.
– Music composition of the dance show Avril en mai (Cie Fabienne Berger).
– Composition, production and release of the Velma’s record 45T Different atmosphere (Lykill rec.
006)
– Music composition of 2 short-movies PHOTOsuisse, portrait of Olivier Christinat and Christian Coigny
(direction Jean-Stéphane Bron) for TV’s, TSR et Arte.
– Record editing and mix for the record of Damien Surdez – mes amis sont des ports (french songs)
– Composition, production and release of the Velma’s Ludwig (MNarsitik rec. 006)
– Composition, production and release of the split vinyl Dalek vs Velma (MNarsitik rec. 007)
– Music composition of the performance K.Y.S.S. et de ADN/ARN (Elodie Pong), Arsenic (Lausanne),
Kunstmuseum Baselland (Bâle), Vision du réel (Nyon).
2002
– Direction, music composition and performance for the music-theater show Rondo (with the collective
Velma) for 3 musicians and 2 dancers, about repetition, theme and variation, musical form: rondo.
– Music composition of the film On dirait le sud (Vincent Pluss), Price for the best fiction film, swiss film
festival Soleure 2004
– Music composition of the dance show Océane Lili (Cie Fabienne Berger)
– Direction, music composition and performance for Applique (with the collective Velma). Between a
concert and a performance for 3 musicians and 2 actors.
2001
– Winner of the contest for an art intervention in the city organised by the art foundation of the city of
Lausanne with Plot presented in the streets of Lausanne between june and september.
– Writting the score for a 4 voices choir on the show La Supplication (Théâtre en Flammes), Ateliers
mécaniques (Vevey)
– Music composition of the show Finale (Robert Pacitti Company), Oval House (Londres), Arnolfini (Bristol),
Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester), Lyric Hammersmith (Londres).
– Music composition and performed on the dance show Natal (Cie Fabienne Berger), Opéra de Lausanne,
Espace Moncor (Fribourg), Théâtre Monnot (Beyrouth).
2000
– Direction, music composition and performance for the music-theater show Cyclique2 (with the collective
Velma).
– Composition, production and release of the Velma’s EP vinyl Parole (Stetic rec. 001)
– Music composition of the animation film Ely et Nepoumouk (Raphaël Sommerhalder)
– Composition, production and release of the Velma’s Cyclique (Emperor Norton rec. 7025)
1999
– Direction, music composition and performance for the music-theater show Cyclique (with the collective
Velma).
1997-2010 – discography: MERIL WUBSLIN (Saiko40); VELMA B. L. Cyclique2 (MN 001 CD); Natal (MN 002 CD);
Finale (MN 003 CD); VELMA Parole (STETIC 01); VELMA Cyclique (EMN 7025); VELMA Rythmique
(ITT 00172); VELMA Panoramique (EMN 7025); VELMA Barcelona (test009); VELMA Ludwig (MN 006
CD, Zeal004); DALEK VS VELMA (MN 007); VELMA Different Atmosphere (Lyk 006); VELMA La pointe
farinet 2949m. (mops012-gtl021-2); VELMA VS LILLAYELL (Psy013); + lot of compilations and remixes…

contact

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  • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * "Serie Opera III -Salomé" has been selected by the jury of Music Theater Now amongst 450 other productions from 55 countries. The jury was composed by Brett Bailey-artist south africa, Guy Coolen-Muziektheater Transparant Rotterdam, Sara Joan Fang-Theatres on the Bay, Singapore, Ana Lara-Mexican composer, Joseph V. Melillo, BAM's artistic direction, NY. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *