Pierre-Yves Macé’s music stands at the nexus of contemporary classical, electroacoustic composition and sound art.
Born in 1980, France, Pierre-Yves Macé studies music (piano, classical percussion) eventually turning to self-taught composition. His first recording, Faux-Jumeaux, was released on Tzadik, John Zorn’s label, in 2002. It was followed by several records on Sub Rosa, Orkhêstra and Brocoli.
His music has been performed by ensemble l’Instant Donné, pianist Denis Chouillet, british soprano singer Natalie Raybould, reed player Sylvain Kassap, and Amôn string quartet. Macé has been invited and/or commisionned new pieces by the Festival d’Automne à Paris (monographic concert in 2012, at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris), Villette Sonique (Paris), Ars Musica (Bruxelles), Les Musiques, MIMI (Marseille), AngelicA (Bologna), Santarcangelo (Rimini), Akousma (Montreal)… He opened for Matmos, Richard Chartier, Andrew Bird, among others.
He has collaborated with musicians Morton Subotnick (for the 2011 rendering by Anne Collod of the show Parades and Changes by Anna Halprin), ON (Sylvain Chauveau & Steven Hess) on the Second Souffle album (2007, Brocoli 003), That Summer, Louisville, Rainier Lericolais, Sylvain Chauveau, artists Hippolyte Hentgen, writers Mathieu Larnaudie, Philippe Vasset, Christophe Fiat, Joris Lacoste, dancers Anne Collod, Fabrice Ramalingom, Marinette Dozeville and Marianne Baillot. In 2013-2014, he wrote short miniature pieces for Gérard Pesson’s radio program, « Boudoirs et autres » on France Musique.
He has won the 2014 « hors les murs » grant (French Institute) for the Contreflux project, which involved a one-month residency in the US.
As an accomplished scholar of musicology (University of Paris VIII), Macé has published the book Musique et document sonore (“Music and Sonic Documents”) which describes his studies of the relationships between documentary sounds and musical composition.
He lives and works in Paris.