Jean-Luc Hervé

Composer, France

Born in 1960, Jean-Luc Hervé is a French composer; he studied at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Gérard Grisey. During his doctoral thesis in aesthetics and research conducted at IRCAM he developed a methodological reflection on his work as a composer, culminating in a residency at the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. In 2003 he received an artist residency invitation from the DAAD in Berlin. In 2004 he founded the Biotop(e) initiative with Thierry Blondeau and Oliver Schneller. Part of his current work consists of site-specific concert-installations. His publisher is Suvini-Zerboni Milan editions. Jean-Luc Hervé is in creative residency at the Camargo Foundation from 2020 to 2022.


This new project, between art installation and concert, seeks inspiration from the Calanques and the relationship with the living world.

© Jean-Luc Hervé

Topos invites the public to a communal experience with an ensemble of eight musicians, in a space inhabited with a magical constellation of sounds that seeks the re-enchantment of the world. A sound device consisting of a network of small hidden speakers will be linked to the ensemble of eight musicians. The sonic experience is one of proximity, enhanced by the network of speakers which diffracts the pieces played by the musicians. The music permeates the space, animating the architecture with an organic sound presence, creating the impression of sounds emanating from a multiplicity of instruments, embracing the musicians and audience. The subtle and low sound levels produce the effect of dialogues between multiple small hidden "animals".

This project is a co-production commissioned by gmem-CNCM-marseille, the Camargo Foundation, and IRCAM, with the support of Région Sud and SACEM.