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Isabelle Olivier

Harpist, Composer and Educator

Professional musician for more than 20 years, performing and recording with many great musicians such as Beñat Achiary, Michel Bénita, Thomas Beuf, David Binney, Marc Buronfosse, Tommy Crane, Tam de Villiers, Catherine Delaunay, Jacques Dor, Peter Erskine, Alexandra Grimal, Brigitte Jacquot, David Linx, Didier Lockwood, Fabrice Moreau, Louis Moutin, Eivind Opsvick, Monica Passos, Joe Quitzke, Johan Renard, Olivier Sens, Sébastien Texier, David Venitucci, Norma Winstone…, and many other in more than 20 countries.

Recorded 6 albums of her own compositions in France and in Germany, and a DVD. She composed music for theater, film scores, exhibitions, poetry, dance and puppet shows. She has been nominated for the French Victory of Jazz for “Year Revelation” and received an “Outstanding Musicianship“award from the Berklee School of Jazz in Boston.

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“This musician [...] never fails to “ magical “ aesthetics attached to it. Alone or faced with electronic machines by Olivier Sens, she develops a language almost Monkish, refusing any gratuitous virtuosity in favor of an exploration of the potentialities of this instrument.” Bernard Loupias - Le Nouvel Observateur

“Between the notes and silence, harmony and dissonance, purity and artifice, the heart of Isabelle Oliver continues to swing. This graceful indecision gives all her wealth to expressive music and narrative, which is finally able to be collected without being consensually crass.”Richard Robert - Les Inrockuptibles

Isabelle Olivier does not prompt to write about the music but to rush to the instrument

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Albums

Dodecasongs
Dodecasongs
Enja Records
2012
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My Foolish Harp
My Foolish Harp
Enja Records
2009
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Island # 41
Island # 41
1 Night CD
2005
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Little and Large
Little and Large
Nocturne
2004
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Funny stream
Funny stream
DRC / Melody
2000
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On foot, the sea!
On foot, the sea!
RDC Records
1997
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