Olivier Saltiel

Olivier SALTIEL es un guitarrista clásico. El yuxtapongo música seriosa con la de origen popular. 

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Olivier Saltiel started learning to play the guitar with Ramon Creixams de Herrera (Paris, XVIIth district), then with Dominique Field (the guitar maker), Jean-Pierre Billet (Clermont Ferrand Regional Music Academy). At a higher level he studied with Pascal Boëls (Schola Cantorum, Paris). His concept of music and the development of his own personal style have successively been influenced by his meetings with Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, John Williams, Bill Kanengiser and Jean-Pierre Taïeb. He adapts, juxtaposes and interprets not only essentially popular traditional music but also classical guitar repertoires, both contemporary and ancient. Songs from Spain, from the Balkans, fromBrazil, 18th century music from the Courts of Europe, Ragtime, Tangos, and Cuba Libre have all constituted individual or collective projects (with a chamber orchestra, for instance). He founded the Mediterranean Guitar Quartet and is currently working with the dancer and choreographer Laetitia Escalier, the opera soprano Camille Soularue and the flautist Marc Sureau. Olivier Saltiel is a state qualified guitar teacher at the Narbonne Music Academy.


“The Mediterranee Guitar Quartet surfs easily between North and South America, riding all the musical waves on its way. A stimulating and refreshing repertoire, a projectwith a difference,full of spirit (Roland Dyens). The Quartet, created in 1995 somewhere along the Mediterranean coast, is still made up of its four original members: Olivier Saltiel, Patrick Rabarivelo, Nicolas Lupovici, Pascal Goze. Comrades on and off stage, each of them brings a personal touch and an original point of view. The three albums that the quartet has produced so far illustrate its members’ passionate desire to enliven and liberate the repertoire; indeed their success in showcasing their brand of tailor-made music is impressive. The Quartet regularly takes part in festivals and events in France and in Spain.  “The MGQ, with a perfect sense of harmony, successfully combines the sounds of nylon and metal strings on the same guitar, whether electrified or not.” (French guitar magazine) “A well-balanced programme of great virtuosity, showing a variety of both highbrow and traditional popular music. Their fingers pluck the strings in the same way as water colour artists paint the canvas, revealing the emotional possibilities of their instruments in an impressionistic way.” (l’Indépendant newspaper)


Within the framework of his teaching activities Olivier Saltiel shares the pleasure of his students at the Narbonne Music Academy and regularly launches creative projects, often commissions, in which he associates the guitar with other instruments, and in particular with voices. You will find below a summary of the different projects and a short description of the works created during the said projects. UKUL COOL AND STRATOSPHERIC TWIST commissioned to Jo Portalier for ukuleles, clarinets, drums, acoustic and electric guitars. This work was first performed in Narbonne on 30 March 2012 and in Clermont Ferrand on 6 May 2012. It is composed of festive pieces which evoke respectively the dancing and lively atmosphere of the Swing Era and the effervescence of the TWIST years. Although the ukulele – small 4 chord guitar from Hawaii – is known as an accompanying instrument, here it is either part of the rhythmic section or plays solo. Thanks to his discerning eclecticism, the composer, Jo Portalier, has managedtoarrangethefavourites of his youth using an interesting combination of tones. TaTout BRESIL Suiteof six compositions and arrangements for voices and guitars commissioned to Verioca, a specialist of native Brazilian music (B-B-Ba do Baiao, Folhas secas, Chôro de Trem, Sambinha, Fotografia, Barracao do zinco). This project was carried out by Olivier Saltiel and Agnès Simonet (choir director). AN-NILA commission for a choir, an ensemble of marimba, flute and guitars, by Eduardo Lopes, a Franco-Brazilian musician. Eduardo Lopes derives his inspiration from the sacred music of his country and at the same time from the course of the river Nile between Lake Tana in Ethiopia and the Mediterranean. AN-NIL evokes the mystery of life and its finality, its texts deal with the invisible, the different forms of which are so present in our everyday lives. GUANABANA et DOUBLE SALTO by Jean-Pierre Taïeb, a commission for guitars, percussion instruments, a cello, two violins. AYMERILLOT Commissioned to Claude Henri Joubert for guitars and a speaker. This set of scenes tells the legendary story of Viscount Aymeric of Narbonne. TRAIN DE NUIT Commissioned to Jo Portalier for guitars and a cello. OTHER EVENTS: CÔTÉ BALKANS Suite of ancient Greek melodies arranged for voices and a guitar. Discovering the works of Cuban guitarist Eduardo MARTIN. Master class and concert by the composer.Arnaud DUMOND and Vincent LE GALL invite the students of the region to take part in a concert. GUITARS XXI (works by Sylvain Luc, Leo Brouwer, Serge Lazarevitch) The MEDUSA BROTHERS Master class and concert with Andy Randall and Benoît Albert. Duo AGUAeVINHO with Pierre Millan and Régis Daniel.


SOLO CONCERT Elaborated around themes (Chôros from Brazil – Tributes – From Cordoba to Buenos Aires – 18th c. Royal courts of Europe – Bach in Rio), the repertoires are chosen from his undisputed favourites, sounds from foreign lands, pieces that he has rediscovered and that are constantly revived… CASTEREDE – DYENS – BROUWER -VILLA LOBOS – NOGUEIRA – GAROTO – TURINA – TORROBA – SOR – MARTIN – PONCE – REIS – JOBIM – BACH – ALBENIZ – Sephardi tunes… amongst others. Olivier Saltiel is particularly fond of the Chapel in the small village of Le Somail, where he performs regularly. His next concert in 2012: Olivier Saltiel playing solo SCARLATTI – SATIE – DJANGO REINHART – MARTIN (Cuba) Friday 13th April 7 p.m. Saturday 14th April 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. LE SOMAIL 11120 in the Chapel.


CORPS A CORDES  a duo for guitar and dancer. Masterpieces for the guitar by  Roland DYENS , drawing their inspiration from Afro-Brazilian sources, make us dream of foreign parts. The position of the body, either still or in movement, is a real performance. In the centre is the music. The body moves around it as if to demonstrate its sincerity and to enhance its inherent nobility. Forming an outer circle, textile artwork by the Austrian group Kjufour constitutes a fascinating and harmonious backdrop to the dance and music. What a beautiful ring for the body and strings! With Laetitia Escalier dance / Olivier Saltiel guitar /Music by Eduardo Martin (Cuba 1957- ) Leo Brouwer (Cuba 1939-) Roland Dyens (Tunis 1955-)


SONGS FROM THE CHINESE Camille Soularue, soprano, and Olivier Saltiel interpret original works for a soprano accompanied by a guitar. The British composer  Benjamin BRITTEN, the Brazilian Heitor Villa Lobos and the Italian Mario CASTELNUEVO-TEDESCO had a great influence on the music of their time. As for Claude DEBUSSY  , his music enlightened the whole of the 20th century and his French melodies have been remarkably adapted from the piano to the guitar by Tilman Hoppstock. These “songs from the Chinese”, taken from ancient Chinese poems and translated into English by the Sinologist Arthur Waley, cover familiar themes which are dear to the english composer, Benjamin Britten, namely innocence, loss, regret. Created by the tenor Peter Pears and the guitarist Julian Bream, this work does much more than try to evoke some sort of Chinese atmosphere, except in the choice of the guitar to represent the moon sitar, a traditional chinese instrument. Mario Castelnuevo Tedesco an American of Italian origin, composed a series of songs called the Divan based on philosophical poems by Divan de IBN MOISES EZRA written in Grenada in the XIth century and translated into English.


Enlightened by the imagination and the talent of Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albeniz and Joaquin Turina, the renewal of Spanish music was openly nourished by traditional Andalusian music, “cante gitano” or Sephardi music (Sephardi Jews: Spanish Jews banished in the XVth century).The soprano, Sandra Hurtado-Roos, from Seville, renders this traditionally inspired repertoire beautifully. The guitarist, Olivier Saltiel, with his sensitive accompaniment, follows every change of tone in his partner’s voice, plays solo, paying tribute to guitar classics such as those composed by Asturias de Albéniz. Some very moving Sephardi tunes, carefully arranged, reflect the rich past of the Iberian Peninsula. Sandra Hurtado-Ros studied singing at the Narbonne Music Academy, later in Aix-en-Provence, where she discovered Baroque and Medieval music. She studied troubadour music with Gérard Zuchetto. Her passion for melody is expressed in her interpretation of the cantos (poem-song) whereby she goes back to her roots in Seville and the heartfelt songs of her native Andalusia. One of her CDs in particular is composed of Spanish Jew songs: ERRANSA, produced by Abeille music.


“ I WAS MAD YOUNG MAN AND I TOLD MYSELF THAT IF BARTOK HADN’T WRITTEN A SONATA FOR GUITAR, THEN I COULD DO SO” Leo Brouwer. CUBA LIBRE  pays tribute to Leo Brouwer’s great work: concert pieces combining the piano (Laurent Bonaccorsi), the guitar (Olivier Saltiel), dance (Laetitia Escalier) and vocal percussion (Verioca). Music by Roland Dyens / Leo Brouwer / Alberto Ginastera / Eduardo Martin. While traditional Cuban music (Salsa, Son, Bolero, Danzon…) is popular on dance floors all over the world, classical Cuban music is also flourishing: Leo Brouwer, an influential figure of the 20th century, is original, innovative, energetic and imaginative. Influenced as much by Afro-Cuban music as by BelàBartok, Igor Stravinsky or Georgy Ligeti, he soon developed his own language, elegantly yet without concession.

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Site réalisé par PIERRE PASTRE Photos n&b DAWN STOLOFF EDUARDO LOPES Compositeur franco brésilien VERIOCA Auteur compositrice chant guitare percussions spécialiste des musiques brésiliennes LAURENCE SALTIEL artiste chanteuse spécialisée en jazz vocal, auteure-interprète et  pédagogue JEAN PIERRE TAÏEB compositeur EDUARDO MARTIN Guitariste compositeur cubain FRANÇOIS DE LARRARD pianiste classique et jazz, compositeur ROLAND DYENS guitariste  (amazing), compositeur (very talented and prolific), improvisateur (pertinent) , arrangeur (outrageous), pédagogue (CNSMD Paris) PIERRE MILLAN-TRESCASES guitariste catalan (!) forme avec RÉGIS DANIEL le duo AGUA E VINHO YVES NABARROT musicien, illustrateur, esthète Jo PORTALIER (guitariste-compositeur) est né en 1950 en Auvergne. Un peu avant 1960, les transistors diffusent un son inouï c’est la guitare électrique. Fasciné par des groupes de rock & twist (SHADOWS), Jo Portalier découvre dans la foulée le Jazz, le ragtime, le banjo, la musique ancienne et de fil en aiguille se prend de passion pour la guitare classique. D’abord autodidacte, il termine ses études au Conservatoire de Clermont-Ferrand avec Jean-Pierre Billet et suit également les cours d’harmonie et de contrepoint. Titulaire du diplôme de professeur de guitare il enseigne dans ce même établissement depuis 1985. En 1996 les Editions H. LEMOINE publie SWINGING IN HAWAÏ qui transpose pour 4 guitares des effets propres aux premiers Big-bands, tel que celui de Fletcher Henderson en 1926.  Grâce à cette diffusion et plusieurs enregistrements (dont en particulier celui du quatuor “MEDITERRANÉE” dédicataire) cette pièce est jouée dans de nombreux pays (Corée, Japon, Amérique du sud etc..).Depuis, diverses compositions de Jo Portalier reprennent la même démarche d’intégrer et traduire avec les moyens propres à la guitare divers langages musicaux en particulier provenant des musiques populaires du passé: du RAGTIME au TWIST en passant par le CHA-CHA-CHA.