Benoit Granier

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Biography

Born in 1974 in Nantes (France), Benoit Granier is a Professor, Composer, (ethno) Musicologist, Visual and sonic artist, Philosopher, and life long believer in collaborative works within the arts. After completing a Ph.D. in computer music and composition at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, he moved to Beijing, China, to teach at central conservatory of Music, and developped strong relationships between China and other countries, mainly in Europe and the USA. He moved back from China in 2016, and took  the position of Course Director imMusci technology at theSchool of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University.

In 2008, he founded in Beijing the Timi Modern Music Ensemble, a cultural encounter between western instruments and traditional Chinese instruments. Among the pieces premiered by the Timi were works by emerging composers such as Tony Deritis, John Mallia and his personal pieces.


One of Dr. Granier's particularity as a composer is to use traditional instruments in modern electro-acoustic music (Asian, Irish, Celtic instruments...). He is also renowned for composing for "controlled improvisation", offering wide possibilities to the performing musicians.


As a composer he was commissioned for large orchestras (Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra) and for solo instruments (Patrick de Ritis, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Korean artist Gamin, flutist Orlando Cela, Les Temps Modernes in Lyon, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Percussions Claviers de Lyon, American jazz musician Demetrius Spaneas...).


His pieces have been performed in prestigious places such as the China National Center for Performing arts, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Washington Smithsonian museum, Harvard University, New York's Carnegie Hall, the Performing Arts Center (Tokyo), Seoul National University, Espacio Cultural el tanque (Spain), Bourges International Electronic Music and Arts Festival, Strasbourg International Saxophone Festival Congress.


He taught in many recognized institutions such as The National University of Singapore, Peking University, and Beijing Film Academy, where he delivered courses in electronic music, orchestration, sound design, film music, acoustics and recording.


He is currently working on a new piece based on Dante's Divine Comedy, with with visual 3D creation and surround sound. He recently got commissioned byt the Guangxi University, Nanning for a set of compostion for chinese orchestra.

Research Interests

Electroacoustic Music composition
Music Composition
Intercultural dialogue
Musitculturalism in the arts
Music, culture and tradition
Sonic Art
Sound Spatialisation
Aesthetics and analysis of contemporary music
Music business, enterpreneurship in the arts

Education/Academic qualification

Music composition, Doctorate, Trinity College Dublin

music analysis , Trinity College Dublin

Keywords

  • M Music
  • ML Literature of music

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Research Output 2018 2019

Language and Culture Intertwinement in Music: An effort to develop intercultural language (and notation) in Music

Granier, B., 29 Apr 2019, International Opportunities in the Arts. Sherman, M. (ed.). Vernon Press, p. 303-322 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Language
Notation
Music
Art Education
Artistic Creation

book of electronic images: musique électronique contemporain & synthé modulaire

Granier, B., 20 Aug 2018, (Unpublished). 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceOther

Electronic music
Ensemble
Concert Hall
Sound
Digital Technology

book of epimorpha: comission by the ensemble Dime

Granier, B., 20 Jul 2018, (In preparation)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition

Electronic music
Ensemble
Concert Hall
Sound
Digital Technology

From Soundscape Ecology to Sound saturation: A discussion toward the future of spectral music

Granier, B., 28 Oct 2018, (Submitted). 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Saturation
Spectral Music
Sound
Soundscape
Ecology

the city of dys: for chamber ensemble and live eletronics

Granier, B. & Charrier, M., 20 Oct 2018, (In preparation)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchComposition

city