Biography & vision

  • Sylvain Monchocé in concert

Sylvain Monchocé is a multi-instrumentalist improviser playing flutes, saxophones and korean instruments.

Interested in "musique concrète instrumentale", he developed unique extended techniques for each one of his instruments, producing sounds that are in between electronics and acoustic, with a special interest in breathing granular sounds, multiphonics, overtones and silence.

He studied the flute at the Mons conservatory in Belgium in the class of Marc Grauwels and specialized in contemporary music with Helen Bledsoe, Mike Schmid and Wil Offermans. He studied free improvisation at the Musik Akademie Basel, with Alfred Zimmerlin, Andrea Neumann and Fred Frith. Interested also in dance and movement, he studied dance improvisation with Han Yeonji, butoh with Susanne Daeppen and followed masterclasses with Harald Kimmig and Atsushi Takenouchi.

Besides his musical studies and work, he also holds an engineering degree in Optics, a master in Physics and a PhD in Plasma Physics and Attosecond science.

Sylvain Monchocé and his contrabass flute


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