Belgian composer born 20 August 1995 in Paris.
The product of several different kinds of training, Alexandre Jamar began studying composition at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris with Allain Gaussin, then José Manuel López López. He also studied opera singing at the conservatoire, first with Doris Lamprecht before specializing in early music with Caroline Bardot. From 2020, Jamar studied instrumental composition with Gérard Pesson at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he also studied new technologies in classes led by Yan Maresz, Luis Naón, and Grégoire Lorieux. In addition to his studies in music, Jamar completed a master’s degree in cultural administration at Sciences Po in 2018.
Jamar performed as a tenor with the chamber choir accentus, and it is through lyric singing that he approaches writing music. In opera, and more specifically in the tradition of early music, the text and the music are equally important to the composition. Jamar borrows from the constrained writing techniques of the experimental literary group Oulipo (short for Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, roughly translated as “workshop of potential literature”), such as lipograms, hapax legomenon, formal symmetry games, arbitrary forms, and more. In Four Songs from the Bell Jar, he and American poet Nazifa Islam wrote four poems following a constrained writing process that prohibited repetition, declensions, or the addition of words. The elimination of words over the course of the poems progressively reveals the musical substance of the work. These constraints can also be applied to the writing of the music itself. In We will not waste a vowel (a title referencing the novel La Disparition [The Disappearance] by Georges Perec), one of his chosen constraints is the use of ascending scales as the only medium of composition. Commissioned by IRCAM and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France following the awarding of the Prix Elan, this piece will be premiered at the ManiFeste festival in June 2023.
Jamar’s works have been performed by the Ensemble Itinéraire, the United Instruments of Lucilin, the Ensemble Cairn, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Orchestre de Picardie.
© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2023
Alexandre Jamar, site du compositeur, Maison Heinrich Heine, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Florence Choir Festival
- Solo (excluding voice)
- elec Karaoke with Kathleen for flute in G and fixed sounds (2021-2023), 8 mn about
- Chamber music
- Sur le nom de for three cellos (2020), 4 mn
- Frêle manche d'os éventail pour Philippe Jaccottet, for two violas (2021), 8 mn
- Instrumental ensemble music
- Calame for 17 musicians (2021), 10 mn
- Essere foglia for orchestra (2022), 10 mn
- Orgelbüchlein for six musicians (2023), 12 mn about
- Concertant music
- Schalmei concertino for oboe and four instruments (2019), 9 mn
- Five Forest Studies for piano and orchestra (2021-2022), 13 mn
- Vocal music and instrument(s)
- Neve sognata three poems from Amedeo Anelli, for soprano and four musicians (2020-2021), 11 mn
- Four songs from the Bell Jar for soprano and six musicians (2023), 12 mn
- Unspecified instrumentation
- elec ircam We will not waste a vowel (2023)
- Four songs from the Bell Jar for soprano and six musicians, 12 mn
- elec Karaoke with Kathleen for flute in G and fixed sounds, 8 mn about
- Orgelbüchlein for six musicians, 12 mn about
- elec ircam We will not waste a vowel
- Essere foglia for orchestra, 10 mn
- Five Forest Studies for piano and orchestra, 13 mn
- Calame for 17 musicians, 10 mn
- Frêle manche d'os éventail pour Philippe Jaccottet, for two violas, 8 mn
- Neve sognata three poems from Amedeo Anelli, for soprano and four musicians, 11 mn
- Sur le nom de for three cellos, 4 mn
- Schalmei concertino for oboe and four instruments, 9 mn
- Site du compositeur : www.alexandrejamar.com
- SoundCloud : www.soundcloud.com
- Five forest studies dans Création Mondiale d’Anne Montaron sur France Musique, le 4 septembre 2022.
- Consulter les articles d’Alexandre Jamar pour Forum Opéra.
(liens vérifiés en mars 2023).