Marie Guilleray (1978) is a French vocalist, composer and sound artist. She works mainly in the context of improvised, experimental and electronic music. As a performer, she focuses on free improvisation, the development of vocal extended techniques, the combination of voice and electronics. As a composer and sound artist, she operates in various configurations: fixed-media electronic pieces, electroacoustic pieces, site specific works (residencies at GRM Radio France, Studio Loos Den Haag, Villa Oekenburg Den Haag) as well as exploring field-recordings and sound walks.

She is a member of several ensembles such as Royal Improvisers Orchestra, MGBG, and she collaborates on various experimental, improvised and electronic music projects. Marie is currently a Research Associates at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and she is the currator of the monthly experimental music series Ephémère at Studio Loos - Loos Foundation (The Netherlands).

Marie graduated with a Bachelor degree in Music specialized in vocal performance. In parallel to her vocal studies, she had the opportunity to study composition, electronic music, and to develop as an improviser and a performer of contemporary music. In June 2012, she completed a Master Degree in Electronic Music Composition at the Institute of Sonology - Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, where she researched about the combination of voice and electronics under the supervision of Richard Barrett, Kees Tazelaar and Paul Berg.


marieguilleray@gmail.com


Vocalist


I am passionated about the human voice and its possibilities. After a traditional singing education at the Conservatory Nadia Boulanger in Paris and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague , I deepened my experience as a vocalist-improviser and performer of contempory music. Currently I sing mainly improvised and contemporay music accoustically as well as with my instrument that extends the voice with electronic processes.

Free improvisation


My research is based on the creation of new sounds, by exploring the possibilities of uncommun instrumentations, combining acoustic and electronic sound domains. I perform regulary improvised music by forming groups of varying size, instrumentation and line-up. This flexible format ranges from solo performance, to duets, quartets, and bigger ensembles.

Electronic music


I am working on developing a performance interface that explores the possibilities of the organic human voice and its electronic counterpart. The electronically extended instrument that I am using at the moment is a glove with sensors. This approach allows me to transform the voice in real time in an organic way, quite close to an acoustic setup.