Rendezvous: Dawnlight/Night: Light, June 19
At the age of 19 Jérôme Combier decided to study music. He signed up for the musicology course at the university in Saint-Denis where, a few years later, he wrote his Master’s thesis on the priniciple of variation in Anton Webern’s music. He also studied guitar with Antonio Membrado, but it was his encounters with Hacène Larbi and Emmanuel Nunes at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris in 1997 that led him to composition.
In 1998, he participated in the composition session at the Fondation Royaumont and, as part of a cultural exchange, was in residence in Japan for two months. In 2001-02 he participated in the Cursus for Composition and Computer Music at IRCAM. From 2002 to 2004, with the assistance of the Paris conservatory, he developed teaching, composition, and conducting programs in Kazakhstan and Ouzbékistan with the conservatories in Tashkent and Almaty. The following year, he was a resident at the Villa Médicis. There he met Raphaël Thierry who produced the visual installations for the series Vies silencieuses written for the ensemble Cairn founded and led by Combier since 1997.
In 2008, he taught composition at the Royaumont abbey. The same year, invited by the ensemble Ictus, Jérôme Combier, Pierre Nouvel, and Bertrand Couderc imagined an adaptation for a scene from W. G. Sebald’s novel Austerlitz, that premiered at the Aix-en-Provence festival in July 2011 and the opéra de Lille. In association with the author Atiq Rahimi, and upon request from the opéra de Lyon, he wrote Terre et cendres, a one-act opera premiered in Lyon in March 2012.
Jérôme Combier’s music is published by éditions Lemoine and recorded by the ensemble Cairn on the label Æon.