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Multibrain / Nauti-poulpe

photo © Saint.e

Multibrain was performed during the Festival Aujourd'hui Musiques in Perpignan 1) in November 2022.

The virtuoso percussionist Philippe Spiesser was back on the festival stage for a multimedia show orchestrated by the creations of four composers. Image, virtual reality, percussion and electronics are at the heart of this resolutely contemporary performance.

Multibrain was commissioned from four composers: Bérangère Maximin, Alexander Vert, Bruno Letort and Alexander Schubert.

Four writings for an exceptional percussionist, faithful to Aujourd'hui Musiques and always in search of new musical experiences. In the setting of Thomas Pénanguer's visual creations, Philippe Spiesser deploys his virtuosity and aerial gestures. Equipped with sensors for certain works and facing a more classical instrumentarium for others, he sculpts the sound of his body movements or his strokes. In the face of avant-garde technology and the incredible effects made possible by electronics, Philippe Spiesser makes the magnificent demonstration that the presence and talent of the artist are essential.


Nauti-poulpe “ by Bruno Letort (composer) with Thomas Penanguer (visual artist), Berangere Maximin (composer) Philippe Spiesser (percussionist), Alexander Vert and is based on the original drawings by François Schuiten. The images were made for Octopus garden and The Mysterious return of Captain Nemo.

Videos by Bruno Letort 2) 3).

Images by Jackie Surjus-collet 4), Ensemble Flashback 5) and Philippe Spiesser 6).