A French composer born May 26, 1986 in Briançon.
Sasha J. Blondeau studied the piano, the saxophone and jazz as well as composition, notably in the classes of Denis Lorrain and François Roux at the Lyons Conservatory (2007).
He bases his artistic approach on the thoughts and writings of many philosophers and art historians, including Hannah Arendt, Georges Didi-Huberman, Aby Warburg and Walter Benjamin. Interested in the interaction of instrumental and electroacoustic writing, he works on compositional space and the multiplicity of time, investigating form and discourse, and a system of organisation of material. From 2013 to 2017 he was part of the research team ‘Représentations musicales’ at Ircam, and obtained a doctorate in music composition.
Blondeau composes works that are mixed, instrumental or electroacoustic as well as works for the theatre. His itinerary has been marked by many commissions performed by well-known artistes. For example, Tesla ou l'effet d’étrangeté for viola and electronics, commissioned by the festival Musica, first performed by Christophe Desjardins (2014); Théâtre d’ombres for six percussions, commissioned and first performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg (2015); Sortir du noir for cello and electronics, commissioned by the GMEM and premiered by Séverine Ballon (2016); Namenlosen for soloists, instrumental ensemble and electronics, commissioned by the patrons Françoise and Jean-Philippe Billarant, first performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by Matthias Pintscher at the festival ManiFeste (2017); Urphänomen I for violin and cello, commissioned by Radio France, first performed by the soloists of the ensemble Court-Circuit, Alexis Descharmes and Alexandra Greffin-Klein (2018); Atlas II, ils portent en eux un passé qui s’immisce for violin and electronics, commissioned by the Messiaen Festival, first performed by Hae-Sun Kang (2019).
A laureate of the Prix Claude Arrieu of the Sacem in 2018, Sasha J. Blondeau was in residence at the Villa Medici 2018-2019.