Pierre-Yves Macé


Born in 1980, France, Pierre-Yves Macé discovers music by improvising on machines, and then learns piano, classical percussion, plays along with jazz-rock / prog-rock bands, and accompanies contemporary and modern dance lessons. Studies in literature and musicology follow.

His first recording, Faux-Jumeaux, was released on John Zorn's Tzadik label in 2002. Circulations, released on Sub Rosa in 2005, and Crash_test ii (tensional integrity) for string quartet released on Orkhêstra in 2006.

Residencies at CalArts (Los Angeles), CNMAT (Berkeley) in 2004, GRM (Paris) in 2006 and 2008. He played for the festivals Octobre en Normandie, MIMI, Villette Sonique, Brocoli, Transnumériques. He opened for Matmos, Richard Chartier, Andrew Bird, among others.

He has collaborated with ON (Sylvain Chauveau & Steven Hess) on the Second Souffle album (2007, Brocoli 003), pop band That Summer, Louisville, artist Gaëlle Hippolyte, writers Mathieu Larnaudie & Philippe Vasset.

He is also requested as a pianist and as a sound engineer for mixing and mastering (Sylvain Chauveau, Rainier Lericolais, Vincent Epplay & Sébastien Roux).

He is a member of the Encyclopédie de la parole (speech encyclopaedia) crew, a project whose goal is to constitute a compositional plan through which different forms of recorded speeches may be compared.

Since 2003, he works on a Musicology PhD about phonography and "sound document" in contemporary music. He lives and works in Paris.

Selected Works

Sendungen im ORF-Kunstradio:

9. 5. 2010: “Encyclopédie de la Parole: 'Indexation'”