Isabelle Olivier – Harpist, composer, educator, and artistic director at Metamorphose
Smiling is a wonderful way of communicating, a simple and yet revealing act of empathy and of the desire to share a ‘good time’. Here, pleasure – the founding act of music, performing arts and culture in general – generates positive emotions aimed at being transmitted to the public.
After researching and watching her filmography, Isabelle Olivier had the idea of creating a cine-concert in homage to the pioneers of cinema around the figure of Alice Guy. Thanks to her composition residency at the Ferme de Bel Ébat (Guyancourt, France), she composed an eclectic programme, accessible to all, with a particularly elaborate sound research between acoustics and electronics.
«The musicians fuse groove and improvisation, and perform with a kind of measured steadiness that only could be delivered by their highly skilled hands....Warm, intimate and challenging all at once, OASIS is a remarkably natural record. » Denise Sullivan, DownBeat
Let me introduce my new project. I am going to compose and perform a jazz oper(rph)arp. Many years ago, I first heard Bobby McFerrin and his incredible voice. So, after hearing my idea, he allowed me to use his title, "Don't Worry, Be HaRpy."
"To listen to Dodecasongs is to be drawn into a system of mirrors whereby twenty years of music are perceived as one by the beholder. This collection is like a twentieth birthday bouquet of flowers, each of them picked on a different evening of the year 2011 – twenty-six souvenirs collected over twelve months of touring and performing..."
Initially, I had a dream : working in duet with musicians whose sound and personality deeply touched me. Everyone shares the same risks and openness, the playful exploration of the creative paths. Each piece is a living painting, heavenly blue, or perhaps even "Foolish"!
This musician [...] never fails to " magical " aesthetics attached to it. Alone or faced with electronic machines by Olivier Sens, she develops a language almost Monkish, refusing any gratuitous virtuosity in favor of an exploration of the potentialities of this instrument.
Reference group of the harpist for more than twenty years than she conducts the band, Ocean is a wave of freshness and music rocked by the imagination of elements.
Like a Big Band, echoing the suggestive powers of marine elements, that she particularly liked, Isabelle Olivier gathers around her, loyal musicians of the group "Ocean" and adding to it three musicians ready to try the adventure of new musical paths and trails improvised.