Michel Doneda

Michel Doneda (born in 1954 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France) is a soprano saxophonist of improvised music. He multiplies the meetings and the collaborations since the beginning of the years 1980: Didier Masmalet, Steve Robins, Beñat Achiary, Fred van Hove, John Zorn, Lol Coxhill, Raymond Boni, Phil Wachsmann, Ravi Prasard, Joëlle Léandre, Daunik Lazro, Lê Quan Ninh, Alain Joule, Barre Phillips, Martine Altenburger, Dominique Regef, Elvin Jones, Elliot Sharp, Jin Hi Kim, Mats Gustafsson, Sonic Youth, Camel Zekri, Keith Rowe, Tetsu Saitoh, Kazue Sawai, Gunter Muller, Fabrice Charles, Gérard Fabbiani, Bhob Rainey, Bertrand Gauguet, Giuseppe Ielasi, Stéphane Garin, Jérôme Noetinger, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, eRikm, Serge Pey, Masaki Iwana, Valérie Metivier, Yukiko Nakamura...
Michel Doneda - Aplomb (CD)
Vand'Œuvre / CCAM Éditions
Michel Doneda and Lê Quan Ninh started working together in 1986 but "Aplomb" is their very first recording as a duo. An art of breath and of beating, a supple gesture for a subtle yet penetrating sound object.
Michel Doneda - Fred Frith / Michel Doneda (CD)
Vand'Œuvre / CCAM Éditions
First meeting recorded live at Swissnex, San-Francisco, in February 2009 (Fred Frith: electric guitar; Michel Doneda: soprano and sopranino saxes).
Michel Doneda - Arr Suite - Avec Jean Degottex, 2012-2013 (booklet + CD)
Le Chant du Moineau / Casta - Records
The series of "Papiers Ouverts" by Jean Degottex (1918-1978) created in 1974 and poems by Maurice Benhamou fed the improvisations of the two musicians. Ghosts, ruins, stars, rubble ... punctuate this work recorded in Belgium, Monos gallery.
Michel Doneda - The Cigar That Talks (CD)
The Cigar That Talks, recorded by the trio of Michel Doneda, soprano and sopranino saxophones, John Russell, acoustic guitar and Roger Turner, drums and percussion, is an album of radical improvisation where copper, wood and steel become music by the only miracle of a perfect interaction seized on the spot.
Michel Doneda - Aerolithes (CD)
Vand'Œuvre / CCAM Éditions
A quartet of string and woodwind instruments brings together masters of free improvisation.
Michel Doneda - Concert (vinyl LP)
Vand'Œuvre / CCAM Éditions
This trio has only one line of instrumentation and remains in total harmony throughout, though the melodies and the rhythms often arise from unexpected places. An incisive and vertiginous climb towards pleasure and dreams, street music and dance music; these fragile and volatile moments were fixed in concert in Vandœuvre in 1989.
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