Eryck Abecassis

(b. 1956, Algiers).

French composer, born in Algeria, of mostly stage, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe.

Mr. Abecassis began self-taught studies in electric guitar in 1973 and studied cinematography at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in 1976, before he studied counterpoint and harmony privately with Julien Falk from 1979–83. He studied jazz orchestration with Derryl Hall at CIM in 1982 and undertook instrumental research at IRCAM in Paris in 1983, where he later studied with Jean-Claude Risset in 1994. He studied with Pascal Dusapin at the Centre Acanthes in 1994 and attended the Cursus Annuel de Composition et Informatique Musicale at IRCAM in 1997.

He is also active in other positions. He served as director of the theatre company L'Entreprise from 1986–92 and later served residencies at GRAME in Lyon in 2002 and EMS in Stockholm in 2005.


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Saved (incidental music, play by Edward Bond), 1984

Les Carnets de Junko, 5 actors, cello, marimba, 1989

Rois de cœur (dance music, choreography by Dominique Petit), 1991

Bâtisseurs (incidental music), soprano, tenor, 1992

récif (street-theatre show), 1998

Cosmogonia (spectacle), 1998

La Cage (pocket opera, libretto by Christophe Tarkos), mezzo-soprano, male actor, any 6 players, 1999 (collaboration with Thierry Aué)

Passages (spectacle), 2002

Tempête (street-theatre show), 2003

Le Monde à l'Envers (street-theatre show), 2005


Kammerzirkus, small orchestra (17 players), 1996


Tzin-Tzoum, 2 French horns, trombone, tuba, live electronics, 1983

Les Fleurs du désert, string quartet, 1992

Masques, flute, cello, 1993

Buzzy Hands, harp, 1995

Horde, 8 electric guitars, 1996

Kobe in Venezia, amplified flute, 8 cellos, live electronics, 1997

Duo, clarinet, percussion, 1998

La Nuit où les poissons sortirent de l'eau, bass clarinet, percussion, 1998

Fugitive Auscultée, flute, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 1998

Zeitlupe, flute, guitar, viola, 1999

Le Vol de Lilith, amplified harpsichord, ensemble (flute, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, harp, violin, double bass, percussion), 1999

Creux, violin, cello, accordion, 2000–01

straps, flute, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, digital piano, live electronics, 2002

Psychomuz II, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, street siren, fixed media, 2003

Photographies, flute, cello, piano, percussion, 2003

Phaz I, string quartet, 2005

Distante Stella, French horn, live electronics, 2005

Squatt, trombone, cello, ensemble, live electronics, 2005–06

Phaz II, string quartet, 2005–06


Calendar I, female voice, bass clarinet, cello, 1993

Calendar II, female voice, bass clarinet, cello, 1994

Si peu noires sont nos nuits, female voice, 2 clarinets, French horn, harp, viola, cello, 1994

El Jargongora, soprano, clarinet, 1998

Blind, soprano, mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello, percussion, 1998

Monde de nés, mezzo-soprano, clarinet, percussion, 1998

Précautions d'emploi, voice, flute, piano (+ MIDI-keyboard), live electronics, 2000


Mondes dérangés, fixed media (8 tracks), 2003


Poupées-Fantômes, piano, percussion, computer, film, 2004


Inch'Allah, 1987 (Chantal Briet, Jean-Pierre Lenoir)

Les Masques de W. Strub, 1993 (J. Blanc)

Caravaggio, 1994 (Michel Quinejure)

En quête d'art, 1997 (Michel Quinejure)

Les Africanistes peintres voyageurs, 1998 (Michel Quinejure)

Quatre Artistes sur les traces 14–18, 1999 (Michel Quinejure)

Renzo Piano, 1999 (Marc Petitjean)

Shigeru Ban, architecte de l'urgence, 2001 (Michel Quinejure)

Yan Pei Ming le dernier des brigands, 2002 (Michel Quinejure)

Chevaux arabes, 2002 (Michel Quinejure)

Let the wind Blow, 2003 (Partho Sen Gupta)

Wang Du, 2004 (Michel Quinejure)

Ming, le retour à Shanghai, 2005 (Michel Quinejure)


Il Paradiso: visioni dantesche, 1996 (Giovanni Pettine)


Souhaitez-moi bonne chance, 1995 (Jérôme Boivin)

La Course de l'escargot, 1997 (Jérôme Boivin)

Stress, 1999 (Jérôme Boivin)

Jusqu'au bout de la route, 2000 (Jérôme Boivin)