"Brice Catherin was born in Belgium (despite being French) the same year socialism arrived at the Elisée and Aids in Africa. A pure conservatory creature, he took lessons with Marc Jaermann (cello, Lausanne) and Michael Jarrell (composition, Geneva). He makes it out alive and with a certain mental stability (probably thanks to the aforementioned people) and is currently active as a composer, cellist, electronic performer and improviser. He participated in several festivals like festivals de la Cité (Lausanne, 2005-, Akouphène (Geneva, 2005 to 2012), Angoulême (2008), Archipel (Geneva, 2008), Bâtie (Geneva, 2008, 2010 and 2011), amongst many others, but you already get the picture.
In 2006, he created an ensemble of variable size and shape where he is the only permanent member: le Car de Thon. The repertoire of this collective limits itself to pieces from the Renaissance to 2012, and incorporates free improvisation as well as collaborations with dancers, screen writers, painters, comedians and amateurs in line-ups that can go from two to 55 individuals. The ensemble was in residence at the Grütli theater (Geneva) during the 2007-2008 season and had a carte blanche spread out through 10 shows.
Brice Catherin’s two artistic models are Jean-Luc Godard and Karlheinz Stockhausen, but since he’s not so picky, there are of course several other sources of inspiration. He also thinks that you would better be off listening to what he does instead of reading this biography, which in all honesty, is pretty trivial. Thank you."
- Brice Catherin