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Sophie Agnel

Sophie Agnel by Sebastien Bozon

With solid training as a classical musician, Sophie Angel took a close interest in modern jazz before committing in the early Nineties to the shifting, deliciously uncertain ground of free improvisation, thanks to her fascination for the powers of expression displayed by a few great keyboard-heretics such as Keith Tippett, Fred Van Hove or Christine Wodrascka.
Taking a look through the prism of improvised music, Sophie Agnel began reworking the prepared piano techniques imagined by John Cage in the field of contemporary music, and from that point she would busy herself "introducing the prosaicism of the contemporary world into the belly of western musical refinement itself", and transform her instrument into a sort of “extensive prep-piano” or “extended piano”, thereby laying the foundations of a radically materialist personal universe that is by turns lyrical, abstract and sensualist.
Moving from the demanding exercise of playing solo to multiple encounters with some of the greatest masters of contemporary improvisation in their original surroundings — Michel Doneda, Daunik Lazro, Olivier Benoit, Catherine Jauniaux, eRikm, Roger Turner, Phil Minton — the pianist would also gradually venture into those border-zones where genres fade into the distance ... Sophie Agnel has also produced a few of her own shows for general audiences such as: Le Piano-Marteau, which staged the sound-space in a subtle game of mirrors; a collaboration with choreographer Josef Nadj (Etc. etc.); and also the music she composed for the stage-adaptation of Charles Reznikov's Testimony directed by Henri Jules Julien.

CANCELLED: Sophie Agnel & Andrea Neumann

10 Dec 2011 - 21:00
Sophie Agnel & Andrea Neumann © Sebastien Bozon


Sophie Agnel - piano
Andrea Neumann - inside piano, mixing desk

solo / solo / duo

piano sololala II

15 Sep 2012 - 20:00
Sophie Agnel © Sebastien Bozon
John Tilbury
John Tilbury: Cascando - radio play by Samuel Beckett
Dave Smith: I Fought a Monster Today (1984)
John Tilbury: Three late poems by Samuel Beckett
Tisha Mukarji
Solo Improvisation
Morton Feldman
Sophie Agnel
Solo Improvisation
Frederic Mompou: Musica Callada, Premier Cahier V VI VII (1959-1967)

Eintritt: 8,00 €
Einlass (Doors): 20:00, Beginn 20:30
Nacheinlass nur in den Pausen


Andrea Neumann + Sophie Agnel // R.A.N

28 Mar 2017 - 20:00

Andrea Neumann + Sophie Agnel - duo -
Andrea Neumann - inside piano, mixing board
Sophie Agnel - piano

R.A.N aka Roads at Night - solo -
the dark ambient, electronic music project of Hüma Utku

Doors 20:00, start 20:30

Agnel/Castelló/Duthoit + Polaschegg/Strobl

12 Apr 2019 - 20:30
NYX / espresso & mud

NYX: Sophie Agnel – piano; Angélica Castelló – paetzold recorder, tapes, electronics; Isabelle Duthoit – clarinet, voice

espresso & mud: Nina Polaschegg
– doublebass; Bruno Strobl – electronics

NI-VU-NI-CONNU presents John Butcher – Day 1

29 Nov 2019 - 20:30
Fotos by Ariele Monte (duo) and Pedro Moreno (trio)

NI-VU-NI-CONNU presents John Butcher

John Butcher – saxophones; Sophie Agnel – piano

John Butcher – saxophones; Thomas Lehn – analogue synthesizer; Gino Robair – percussion

Agnel/Lanz/Vatcher + Taste Tribes

4 Mar 2023 - 20:30
4 Mar 2023 - 23:00
Taste Tribes by Cristina Marx/Photomusix, Agnel/Lanz/Vatcher by Jean Marc Foussat

Agnel/Lanz/Vatcher Sophie Agnel, Joke Lanz, Michael Vatcher

Taste Tribes Alfred 23 Harth, Hans Joachim Irmler, Günter Müller, Wolfgang Seidel