Marjolaine Charbin is a French pianist based in London. Improvisation is the core of her work, but she also engages with compositions. Her sound is an ever mutating mix of keyboard technique and various inside-piano techniques using hands, objects, voice and contact microphones. Recent collaborations include Eddie Prevost, Angharad Davies, Jennifer Allum, Dimitra-Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Ute Kangiesser, John Butcher, Douglas Benford, Ken Ikeda and Ed Lucas.
Marjolaine was classically trained as a child, falling in love with jazz as a teenager and becoming passionate about all aspects of sound during a period studying sound engineering. She then attended the Royal Conservatoire in Brussels, studying jazz piano. Her interests in subtle listening, complexity and the endless possibilities of the present have led her to seek out ever more open forms of music making, developing her work through numerous projects and encounters, mainly with other musicians, but also with dancers, who have had a significant influence on her practice. When Marjolaine moved to London, she became involved in Eddie Prevost’s workshop, which spawned several new ongoing collaborations.
Her other interests include literature, cinema and body/mind meditative practice. Also patisserie but that's a bit off subject. Marjolaine has performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, including London’s Cafe Oto and Vortex, Berlin’s Exploratorium, Hurta Cordel festival, Sound disobedience Festival, Huddersfield contemporary music festival and London's «Music We’d Like To Hear» festival. Please have a look at the Upcoming/Past page for more details.
Over the years, Marjolaine Charbin has collaborated with a wide range of musicians from the improvisation/experimental scene, including, not exhaustively and starting with the most recent collaborations: Eddie Prevost, Jennifer Allum, Ute Kangiesser, Ken Ikeda, Edward Lucas, Douglas Benford, John Butcher, Angharad Davies, Dimitra Lazaridou Chatzigoga, Grundik Kassiansky, Clive Bell, David Toop, Guillaume Viltard, Olivier Toulemonde, Lawrence Casserley, Rhodri Davies, Neil Davidson, dancers Julyen Hamilton and Theodossia Stathi, Paul Dunmall, Peter Evans, Maggie Nichols, Gail Brand, Javier Carmona, Dominic Lash, Ann Eysermans, Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, Frans van Isacker, Audrey Lauro...
Improvisation workshops with Evan Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Barre Phillips and dancers Julyen Hamilton and Lisa Nelson, various locations. 2005-2010
Bannff Center Summer Music Workshop directed by Dave Douglas, Canada. 2008
Lecture series on Deleuze and the Arts, ISELP, Brussels. 2006
Royal Conservatoire of Brussels - Bachelor and Master Degree in Music Performance (Jazz Piano), Belgium. 2000 (...) 2007
Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) - Sound Engineering Degree. Belgium. 1995-1998