Nadia Ratsimandresy

Born in Paris, Nadia Ratsimandresy discovered (at the age of 9) her fascination with music and the Ondes Martenot in the class of Françoise Pellié Murail in Evry, France.

Having Advanced Training Diplomas in Onde Martenot and Musical Acoustics, both obtained in 2002 at the Paris Conservatoire, Nadia is dedicated to chamber music and the performing arts. In 2006 she co-founded the 3D Trio with soprano Virginie Colette and guitarist Sophie Marechal, with whom she has premièred numerous compositions for this ensemble (Régis Campo, Frédérick Martin, Jean-Marc Chouvel, Colin Roche). She collaborated with the Italian pianist Matteo Ramon Arevalos on the program Messiaen around Messiaen, dedicated to Messiaen and his students, and released on CD for the English RER label Megacorp in 2008, following a tribute tour that year (Angelica Festival, Curva Minore, Ravenna Festival, Area Sismica). Contemporary ensemble works include Volta, comprising 2 ondes, electric guitar and percussion, and is a group that has been navigating between rock and contemporary music since 2012...[more]

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“Two Duos” is pressed from cellist Okkyung Lee’s most recent OTO Residency; the first side a duo with Jérôme Noetinger on Revox B77 and the second with Nadia Ratsimandresy on ondes Martenot. Cut together, the two meetings seem to raise three cellos in the search for expressive voice: the cello, it’s magnetic reproduction, and the dual controls of the machine invented to expand on its musical qualities. On the A side Noetinger’s opening tape hiss establishes a current; an electrical partner who gives Lee room to slide across and stretch out. Progressively the cello is returned, duplicated and manipulated with increased velocity and distortion. Noetinger draws out the full extent of Lee’s extended technique; rewinding strands of Lee's horse hair and transmuting her percussive attacks into shuddering echos, before letting his own concrete interjections spin the duo's sonic tussle into an almost romantic daydream. On side B the ondes (invented by French cellist and wartime radio operator Maurice Eugene Louis Martenot and so loved by Bernard Parmegiani, Varese and Messiaen) seems shaken from classical tradition and those long, drawn out horrorscapes it has come to be associated with. In a duel with Lee, Ratsimandresy grasps the ondes’ extraordinary capacity for dexterity, nuance and speed, hounding Lee’s cello in a bid to drive her instrument out of the past and into the future. Two fantastic pairings and a testament to the freshness with which Lee and her collaborators continue to work with their instruments. --- Okkyung Lee / cello Jérôme Noetinger / revox b77 Nadia Ratsimandresy / ondes martenot --- Recorded live at Cafe OTO on Thursday 28th March & Friday 29th March by Paul Skinner and Shaun Crook. Mixed and mastered by Lasse Marhaug. Designed by Maja Larrson. ROKU027.

Okkyung Lee / Jérôme Noetinger / Nadia Ratsimandresy – Two Duos

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