Daniel BROTHIER is a musician and composer, and plays alto and baritone saxophones.
He is a graduate teacher of jazz music and a conference speaker on music history, A history of electronic music, and Miles DAVIS, a Jazz History from Be Bop to Hip Hop. These events are held in Mediatheques, Concert Halls, Festivals, Libraries Education centres, and Art schools.
His musical creations are centered on several axes: mixes and remixes of electronic music, jazz and new music compositions, music creations for theater, movie and dance, and classical music transcriptions.
On the one hand he composes paper scores, and on the other he constructs music with a computer sound card and software, then with synthetiseurs, machines and mixer.
To modify, spatialize and stretch the saxophone sound, he uses live digital effects and analogic synthetiseurs.
He has always been interested by the combination of musical movements bringing together different art disciplines to generate new approaches, creating confluences between electronic and repetitive music, jazz and electrics, funk and collective improvisation, research and live music, or when a DJ meets a jazz musician.
The French music researcher and journalist, Daniel CAUX, thinks that jazz and electronic music are rooted together. Daniel Brothier works on links and anchor points between several different musical styles, and adopts an electronic jazz "courant" in which he explores creative sounds, shapes and groove.
On the jazz side, his preferences are very diversified, Miles DAVIS is his undisputed influence as a composer and musician, especially for his modal and modern period between 1966 and 1969, and for his electric discoveries between 1969 and 1972.
The spirit of the ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO sound is also one of his focuses.
His favourite saxophonists are John COLTRANE, Wayne SHORTER, Art PEPPER, Earl BOSTIC, Maceo PARKER and GAEL HORELLOU.
In the classical music register, he appreciates very much the piano music of Erik SATIE, the Igor STRAWINSKI Russian period, the piano pieces written by the American Composers John CAGE, Steve REICH, Morton FELDMAN and the Brazilian Conlon NANCARROW.
The contemporary composer who has left him the biggest impression is undoubtedly György LIGETI.
At the end of the 90's, Daniel embraced electronic music, in order to call into question certain musical aesthetic viewpoints, disconnected from the usual musical scene of the last centuries. Electronic and repetitive music, improvisation, funk and jazz, seemed to represent that idea of change.
His electronic tastes bring him to Robert HOOD, Carl CRAIG, Jeff MILLS, Aphex TWIN, and to MOODYMAN, Moritz Von OSWALD, Brian ENO and UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE.
Records from the DJ's et producers ARK, DVS1, KINK, JAMES T COTTON, PETER VAN HOESEN, MILTON BRADLEY, MARCELUS, SANTIAGO SALAZAR, RADIO SLIDE, DAVE CLARKE, et JAMES BLAKE, are at the moment on air and on his turntable.
In 2003, Daniel meets DJ IZWALITO, who plays turntables, analogic synthétiseurs, effects and Roland TB 303, at the time of a concert with the clarinetist and saxophonist Louis SCLAVIS.
He proposed to form an electronic music duet, with the DJ, which is now called Total RTT, playing music rooted in electronics and improvisation.
Sharing the same sensibility for Musical History, Biographies, Musicology texts, musical references, jazz, and electronic music in the 20th century, the two protagonists create a concert-conference : « A history of electronic music ».
Since 2007, the combo has proposed more than 130 concert-conferencies in numerous venues in France and Switzterland.
During 2007 in public libraries :
Agde, Auch, Biscarosse, Bourges, Bourgoin Jallieu, Grasse, La Trinité, Mimizan, Rillieux, Saint Genis Laval, Saint Médard en Jalles, Montélimar, Portet sur Garonne, Romans sur Isère, Saint Priest, Vif, Ville la Grand, Voreppe, in collaboration with " Le Festival des 38e Rugissants ", and Ugine., in the library school of Montbrison, in the Loire area.
For the festivals :
Electrochoc in Bourgoin Jallieu, les Abattoirs, Electricity in Reims, AVATARIUM in Saint Etienne, Tohu-Bohu in Montpelier.
For the concert halls, Le Cylindre in Besançon-Larnod, and le Fil in Saint Etienne.
During 2008 in public libraries : Biarritz, Bourgoin Jallieu, Bordeaux, Bressuire, Brive, Chartres, Digne les Bains, Givors, La Chapelle Saint Mesmin, Le Mans, Mably, Mauguio, Meaux, Mérignac, Montgeron, Nevers, Poitiers, Strasbourg, Tarare, Thouars, Toul, Varennes. In the Library school of the Nièvre, the Lot et Garonne, the Pyrénées Orientales, the Savoie and the Haute Savoie and the Auvergne.
For the festival la Pamparina, in the Contemporary Art Center le Creux de l’Enfer in Thiers.
During 2009 in public libraries : Arcueil, Armentières, Aubenas, Bar le Duc, Bayeux, Chalons en Champagne, Chauny, Colombes, Commentry, Denain, Fougères, Genève, Gentilly, Gonfreville, Hergé(Paris), La goutte d’Or(Paris), Lannion, Les Mureaux, Le Portel, Louviers, Morsang, Morcenx, Notre dame de Gravenchon, Saint Cloud, Sceaux, Thann, Thonon les Bains, Vevey, Villeneuve Saint Georges, Viroflay, Vitré, et Vitry. In the library school of the Ardennes in Charleville Mézières.
For the concert halls : le Florida in Agen, Main D’œuvres, Maad 93 in Saint Ouen, le Silex in Auxerre, le 6 par 4 in Laval, le Café Charbon in Nevers. For the Festival The Riddim Collision, and the Jarring Effects Label in Lyon.
From the autumn of 2010 and throughout 2011, following on from the excellent welcome for the project "A history of electronic music ", Daniel BROTHIER proposes a new concert-conference, dedicated to the trumpet player and music composer Miles DAVIS.
An outstanding musician who influenced the history of jazz, from the end of the forties to the beginning of the nineties.
Daniel BROTHIER had the fortune to meet the theater director Philippe VINCENT, from the Compagnie Scènes, with whom he collaborated on numerous original compositions, for theater, filmed and post synchronized theater, movies and video.
From the begining of the nineties to the year 2002, he took part in musical creations in theater and movie companies with other musicians from different styles.
Creations succeed one another, EXCITATION ON MISS JULIE, HAMLETMACHINE, DESCRIPTION OF A PICTURE-L’AFFAIRE DE LA RUE DE LOURCINE, THE MAIDS, The MISSION, GERMANIA III- GHOSTS AT DEAD MAN, QUARTET, MAUSER, FATZER, WAITING FOR RICHARD III. In 2001, they made a French creation for the play ANATOMIE TITUS FALL OF ROME, A SHAKESPEARE COMMENTARY, for the AVIGNON in FESTIVAL, Daniel is also invited to the Brecht House, die Brecht-Haus.
In 1995, Daniel plays at the AVIGNON in FESTIVAL, with the COMPAGNIE ILOTOPIE, in an outstanding performance of "Réseau Eden Sous Sol", proposed by the theater director Bruno SCHNEBELIN and co-directed by the philosopher and sociologist Jean BAUDRILLARD.
During this time, Daniel worked with the actor Carlo BONDI, THE TURAK THEATER and the theater director Michel LAUBU.
Théâtre du Parc Andrézieux Bouthéon, AVIGNON in FESTIVAL, Comédie de Caen, Théâtre de Bourg en Bresse, M.C. CHAMBERY, Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Les Subsistances Lyon, Théâtre de la Croix Rousse de Lyon, Théâtre des Bernardines de Marseille, Festival de Rochetaillée, Théâtre XIII de Paris, Comédie de Saint Etienne, L’Esplanade de Saint Etienne, Festival de la SaintGaudingue, Théâtre d’Oullins, NEC de St Priest en Jarez, Théâtre de l’Aquarium de Valence, Centre Culturel Charlie Chaplin de Vaulx en Velin, Théâtre de l’Epée de Bois Vincennes, Théâtre de Vénissieux.
Daniel started to play, to compose and to arrange music for groups in the middle of the eighties. While perfecting his musical education, he was very impressed and attracted by the German group NEU!, representatives of the Krautrock Movement, and his first groups were also heavily influenced by the charismatic guitar genius Jimi HENDRIX.
He studied in workshops organized jointly by the Vienne Jazz Festival and the IMRA jazz school in Lyon. He studied saxophone and harmony in jazz workshops with American teachers from Rochester University, Bill DOBBINS, and Ramon RICKER. With them, he prepared and obtained a "Jazz music State graduate diploma".
The New York saxophonist Ned ROTHENBERG, taught him specific techniques in contemporary music and advised him to learn and to work on the Suites for unaccompanied cello by Johann Sebastian BACH.
In 2002, with three suites for unaccompagnied saxophone, he creates a baritone saxophone transcription from suites II, III, and IV, suites for unaccompanied cello by Johann Sebastian BACH, from the version played by the cellist Pablo Casals.
In 2004 and 2005 he played in numerous concerts and festivals (Jazz Bleu, Rive de Gier) and was programmed by the famous jazz journalist from Radio France, André FRANCIS, in the Orleans international jazz festival.
Centre D’Art Contemporain de Lacoux, Eglise de Dignes les Bains, Eglise du Grand Bornand, Eglise de Saint Martin d’Ardèche, Eglise de Niègles, Eglise de Montpezat sur Bauzon, Eglise de SaintPierreville, Festival de l’Ephémère et de l'improvisation de Hauteville, Festival Jazz Bleu de Lachâtre, Festival de jazz d’Orléans, Festival de jazz de Rive de Gier, Festival La Pamparina de Thiers.
Daniel mets many artists from the new music environment; with the composer and saxophonist Bruno MEILLIER, they founded the duet "Ni trêve ni relâche". They played several times in Europe, in Art Galleries, clubs, such as the BIMHUIS in Amsterdam, and in Jazz Festivals. They play together with the creative performer Pierre BASTIEN.
Daniel, with the drummer and composer Dominique LENTIN, and the Swiss bass player and composer Patricia WIDER created successively two bands, Les Colonnes d’Hercule and ZOU.
The American bass player and composer Bob LIPMAN, joined the project a little later. Then Daniel played as a soloist in Berlin, New York and Montreal Clubs and did several tours in Europe.
In clubs, Art Galleries, lnternational festival, Aachen, Amsterdam, Bâle, Berne, Bologne, Bruxelles, Courtrai, Duisburg, Eindhoven, Gand, Jazz en Franche-Comté, Jazz en Scènes, Liège, Lille, Lyon, Meldola, Montluçon, Paris, Rive-de-Gier, Saint Bonnet Le Château, Festival des musiques Innovatrices de Saint Etienne, Sommières, Festival de Jazz de Vichy, Zurich.
Daniel created the electronic music duet Bloom with DJ MUSH. The music style is now presented in a mix form, in a style halfway from house to funk music. The combo plays all night long in dancing clubs and bars.
Several tracks and tools are produced on remixes with american DJ's from Chicago and Detroit, Kai ALCE, Chez DAMIER and Alton MILLER.
On the impulse of the chef and food culinary designer Luc VERNEY CARRON, 2008 is the year of the birth of the trio Les Bintjes, an original experience "to taste without moderation".
For this project a two way meeting is proposed, between on the one side, a musician, a DJ and a French chef and on the other, the audience.
The idea is to encourage guests from the audience to come up and discover and to participate to the BINTJES performance concert, taking pleasure, by eating and appreciating the aperitifs and culinary delights prepared by Luc VERNEY CARRON.
The audience then listens to sounds and music built on the air by Daniel BROTHIER on a DJ MUSCH mix.
"On stage, we highlight the chef who elaborates real recipes. With HF microphones placed on his arms, and some dynamics microphones specifically prepared and positioned with a captured sound system, we broadcast live sounds from the creation and preparation of the recipes. "
In the Autumn of 2008, Daniel BROTHIER was the resident at the Givors Musical School Academy with the quintet Gagnant Gagnant.
DJ IZWALITO and DJ MUSH are on the air for a new electronic jazz project, with two very fine jazz musicians, the pianist and keyboard player Rémi GOUTIN, and the drummer Patrick CHASTEL.
Klub der republik, Tacheles, Tape Berlin, Les Cafteuses Clermont Ferrand, White Rabitt Frieburg, MC2 Grenoble, Lyon, Le Fil Saint Etienne, Conservatoire de Givors.
Kay Alce Power Thru : Mush Remixes Feat Daniel Brothier, NDATL Musik
Alton MILLER : Loves right here : Mush Remixes Featuring Daniel Brothier, Tastayakers
ZOU : Bouzillator
NTNR : Solo saxophone, Recueil, Live