saturday 6th march in Cabaret Aléatoire

LENA (FR: Quatermass, Bruit Clair)

Mathias Delplanque (born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1973) is a composer, a performer, a music critic, an author of sound installation and the founding member of several musical ensembles. He lives and works in Nantes (France).

His work as a composer started in 1998 as he graduated from the Fine Arts School and decided to put an end to his sculpture activity to turn towards sound creation. He since released several records on various international labels (Quatermass, Optical Sound, Cronica Electronica, Mystery Sea, Angle Rec, Low Impedance, Sounds Around…) and collaborated with musicians from various points of the musical spectrum (Rob Mazurek, Steve Argüelles, Myra Melford, Shahzad Ismaïly, Ghislain Poirier, Julien Jacob, Daniel Givens, Black Sifichi…). His installation works are frequently shown in galleries and art centers, and he regularly performs on stage, solo or accompanied by other musicians. Mathias’s sound work takes on several main lines and develops through different identities: Lena, Stensil, Bidlo, The Floating Roots Orchestra… or Mathias Delplanque — his own name being just another heteronym. All these projects form a complex ensemble in which every new element is a response to other previous propositions (a track inside an album becoming the point of departure for another album, the same track being approached differently on separate projects etc…).

Lena is Mathias Delplanque’s dubby techno project. Mathias started to work under this name in 2000 and released the first Lena album in 2002 on the belgian label Quatermass. Initially influenced by Berlin’s dubby electronica and techno from the 90’s, Lena developped his own signature by crossing genres and mixing concrete and electroacoustic elements to african and jamaïcan song structures and rhythms. In 2007, Mathias created The Floating Roots Orchestra (occasionally composed of Steve Argüelles, Rob Mazurek, Black Sifichi, Charlie O, Charles-Eric Charrier, Alice Lewis, Daniel Givens…). The work with this ensemble gave birth to the album « Lost-Wax », released on Plush in 2008 and the band regularly appears on stage under various configurations. Lena’s recent works (shows and productions) reveal a more flexible approach of sound production, giving more space to live electronic and improvisation. Bruit Clair Records is an independant record label established by Mathias Delplanque in July 2009. The aim is to produce and promote prospective electronic music and sound art.


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