Blaise Ubaldini

Blaise Ubaldini (1979) studied clarinet with Jean-Claude Brion in Evreux and later with Richard Vieille at the CNR in Paris. He studied jazz musical improvisation with Michel Goldberg and Marc Boutillotdans as part of the school ARPEJ. He founded the rock group Strix with whom he worked for many years as a singer and guitarist. Blaise took a break from music to devote himself to the study of languages and complete a degree in Indian Studies (Faculty of Oriental Languages). He recommenced clarinet studies and completed a solo diploma in clarinet at the HEM of Lausann with Frédéric Rapin. It was in this city in 2008 that Blaise began his studies in composition with  William Blank, that he continued in Geneva with Michael Jarrell, Luis Naon, and Eric Daubresse.

Having received numerous fellowships from Nicati De-Luze, Sacem, and Max-D. Jost, Blaise joined the Cursus 1 at Ircam in Paris (2012-2013) and won the Prix Nouveau Talent Musique SACD 2013 for his chamber opera 4.48. The following year, the ensemble CH.AU organised a concert of his works that was broadcast on the Switzerland’s Radio Télévision – Espace 2 on the programme of Anne Gillot, Musique d’avenir. Several months later, in Cursus 2 at Ircam, Blaise created the monodrama Bérénice, performed by the comedienne Caroline Imhof and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. His piece À la Nuit, commissioned by l’Association Suisse des Musiciens, was premiered by the Collegium Novum in Zürich and included as part of the CD  of the Grammont selection on the Musiques Suisses label.

His work can be seen as a quest for identity. Blaise questions his own culture and and musical tradition by putting it next to other cultures and traditions, most notably those of the Middle East. This research manifests itself principally in his writing for the voice, always maintaining a close relationship to language and text.
Blaise performs with CH.AU, Contrechamps, Vortex, Boulouris, Triofane3mg, and Matka in addition to Amine and Hamza Mraihi whose repertoire mixes pre-existing oriental music with improvisation. His compositions have been performed by the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Collegium Novum Zürich, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, clarinettist Jean-Marc Fessard, vocal ensemble Exaudi, CH.AU company, Matka ensemble, and the musical duo Interférences.