Biography and projects

TransparenceS, the Glass Orchestra, was founded in 1988 by Jean Claude Chapuis, musician and science historian, and is the fruit of historical and musical research. Some of the orchestra’s objectives are as follows:

- rediscover and let others know about the repertoire of glass instruments (glass harmonica, seraph, euphone, glass chord piano, …)
- explore new sound horizons while also creating new instruments based on the acoustic richness of the glassmaker’s materials, and mixing their tones with those of other instruments and with vocals.
- explore the ensemble of the artistic potential of glass (plastic arts, image arts and other live show disciplines…)
All this knowledge and expertise explored and implemented by the individuals and workers of the orchestra stimulates inter-disciplinary activities, combining live shows, plastic arts and integrating responses that may exist in parallel connecting domains.

The team

The great potential of this instrumental ensemble and its capacities to explore new worlds depends on a team of high level professionals, who have enriched their artistic prowess with a varied range of professional development: coming from the domains of chamber and symphonic music, the jazz world, oriental and African music, musical teaching - percussion, piano, musical harmony and theory. Lighting technicians, specialists in light and the live show music hall experience; professionals and technicians involved in stage and movie soundtracks; glass professionals, for hot and cold working; directors of concert halls and theatres; mechanics and electrical engineers.

Combining the above expertises allows technical achievements and artistic creations to be led in a harmonious, concerted and inventive manner, with a wide scope of approaches.

 

 

Mariko Akimoto


Percussions - Piano - Hautbois

altBorn in Japan, Mariko Akimoto began her musical studies aged 3 years when she started learning to play the piano.Subsequently, she advanced to learning the baritone oboe. She graduated in philosophy from the University of Tokyo. She left Japan to continue baritone oboe training at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (taught by J.-Louis Capezzali) to further her efforts at mastering this instrument.

Higher Diploma in Education for the Baritone Oboe, 1987
Higher Diploma in Excellence of Execution for the Baritone Oboe (taught by Michel Benet)
His qualities as an instrumentalist are renowned:
1st Baritone Oboe prize 1991 (taught by Michel Penot)
1st top performance prize 1993 (student of Didier Patau)
Excellence prize 1997

She teaches in several music schools (certified in higher level music education)
She is a full time member of several orchestras (chamber and symphonic) as a baritone oboist where she performs as a soloist.

Since her childhood, she has continued to practise the piano and is therefore able to exploit her technical expertise and qualities as a musician in playing the glass harmonica.

 

Sophie Bonduelle

Harpiste

 

 

altShe started playing the harp with Annie Challan at Marly Le Roi, where Jean-Claude Chapuis was present during her first public appearance. Some years later, their paths crossed again and they started regularly playing together.

At the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Sophie Bonduelle studied the harp with Fabrice Pierre and Martine Blot and successfully obtained a diploma in harp-playing. She went further, at the National Music School at Saint Germain en Laye, winning a gold medal in the class taught by Sylvie Beltrando.

She is passionate about both shows and has
co-authored musical pieces for youth audiences, which was to be seen by over 40,000 children. In 1989, she made her debut in the Youth and Music tournament with Andr? Stocchetti, artist and flautist. In 1997, she successfully participated in auditions at the Bobino Theatre and spent one year as part of the team of ?Bouvard du Rire? (?Bouvard Laughter?) broadcast every Sunday on the France 3 channel.
With a passion for miming, she met Etienne Bonduelle (assistant to Marcel Marceau at the time). In 2000, they established themselves in residence at the Maison Pour Tous (?House for All?) in Chatou and created a comedy and musical show ?Sophie, the Harpist? which won a prize in 2005 in the Victoires du Rire (?Victories of Laughter?) competition and took part in the ?Coup de C?ur Fnac? for her return to Paris in 2006.

 

 

Stéphanie Boré


Pianiste - Danseuse - Guitariste - Chanteuse

 

altAn artist of various domains, Stéphanie Boré rapidly took lessons in piano, dance, and guitar before devoting herself to the vocal and lyrical artistic domains. A pupil of Mich?le Command and Yves Sotin, she wavers between opera and operetta, melody and oratorio, and also popular songs? She appears nationwide throughout France, featuring in various productions, notably on tour with the Art.Com company or at the Saint-Etienne Opera. She also sings for theatre and has participated for more than two years in the musical adaptation of Vienne 1913 (?Vienna 1913?) piece of Alain Didier-Weill with the Influensc?nes company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean-Claude Chapuis

 

jean claude chapuis orchestre en verreJazz musician playing bugle, trumpet and saxophone in jazz groups (1965-1975). Has been engaged in instrument making since adolescence (viola da gamba and baroque lute in 1965/66). Has constructed objects and sound sculptures.
Head of theatres and cultural structures since 1975.
Science historian, particularly 18th century biology. Student of philosophers Michel Serres and Jacques Roger, and biographer of Buffon, to all of whom he dedicated his first recordings.
Has edited two works on the history of science:

  • le comte de Marssiggli, premier oc?anographe. XVIIe siècle (the Count of Marssiggli, first oceanographer, 17th century)
  • les pratiques vétérinaires populaires (?tudes des croisements entre les savoirs populaires et la science officielle)Jean-Claude Chapuis orchestre en verre

(Popular Veterinary Practices (studies of links between popular knowledge and official science)
He created several Luthery workshops as part of popular education.
Discovered the glass harmonica during his adolescence and first conceived a glass orchestra in 1966.
Commenced research into this area alongside his cultural responsibilities and became initiated in the work of glassmakers.
Constructed his first glass harmonica in 1988 and presented it to the Salon Musicora de Paris in 1989.
First concert of the glass orchestra: supporting the first night for AIDS, in Paris in 1989
Composes for TransparenceS and for stage productions.

 

 

 

Alain Clément

Régie Lumières

 

altAfter having drifted for several years in the teaching world, he decided it would definitely be much more fun on the stage?. He was right: at the Lucarne Theatre, where he came across his clown and various other characters, all this while working on miles of electric cables.
Then, a period at Philippe Genty, where he was to discover visual, sound and bodily material. Twelve years of splendid peregrinations.

Then back down to earth. Upon meeting Jean-Luc Pali: He ventured to the other side of the fence and took on the opposition with the Influences company, where he is employed as technical manager.
Guided by creations, and meetings like that with a certain Jean-Claude Chapuis and his world. There where the beauty of materials vies with the originality of sounds.

 

 

 

 

Mathieu Demangey

Percussionniste - Batteur - Pianiste - Informaticien

 

Eldest son of the jazz pianist Francis Demange.
He began classical piano lessons at the age of 7 with the pianist Fabrice Garniron, which have continued to date.
Later, at the age of 10, he started percussion classes with Didier V?rit?. He followed the musical conservatory training courses; notably those of Beno?t Menut, with whom he was to obtain a Certificate of Musical Studies (CFM) with top honours, followed by a Diploma of Musical Studies (DEM), again with top honours.
For percussion, he has worked since 2004 with Jean-Claude Jouy, jazz drummer, and was accepted into the jazz workshop of the conservatory of Paris? 18th district, managed by the double bassist Marc Buronfosse.
His orchestral musician training started at the age of 12 with various internal instrumental ensembles at the conservatory, before later accompanying the choir of Claire Marchand. He played for two years with the Chemins de Fer du Nord Brass band before joining the oldest Paris brass band ?La Sir?ne de Paris? (?The Siren of Paris?) and the ?Sur Mesure? ensemble. In 2006, he rejoined the rostrum at the Paris Brass Band with which he recorded two albums at the Bastille Opera. He regularly plays with the Donna Musica ensemble.
fIn 2006, he joined the National Music, Dance and Arts School on the specialist course. He played with the symphonic orchestraof Jean-Michel Henry, and also participated in the Printemps du Jazz festival where, following an invitation from Bertrand Auger, he had the chance to play with the vibraphonist Franck Tortiller, current head of the National Jazz Orchestra (ONJ).
As well as his life as a musician, he harbours a passion for computer science since the age of 4(!). A self-taught learner of programming, he has learned GFA Basic, Delphi, Assembler 680x0, Assembler Z80, PHP, JavaScript, Visual Basic and finally, C and C++, PhotoShop, Flash (and ActionScript), Dreamweaver, The Gimp, Premiere, After Effects, and computer music (sound synthesis, sound mixing, audio shot, mastering, the use of Cubase SX, Logic, Reaktor, Finale, Reason, Renoise, Audition...) He enjoys technical and electronic challenges, and successfully ?hijacks objects? thanks to his expertise in these two areas.
He is the web master and computer operator for TransparenceS, the Glass Orchestra.

 

 

 

Marcel Dupouy

Ingénieur et Inventeur - Images, Lumières et Sons

 

altElectronic engineer. He has participated in military electronic and spatial programmes as part of a large group. Numerous stays in Polynesia for the installation, adjustment and maintenance of professional television networks.
Inventor of colour video synthesisers, he has used these devices for numerous TV broadcasts (J. C. Averty, Les Carpentier, J. P. Spiero?) as well as various video shootings. He takes part in many events of a cultural orartistic nature.
For fifteen years, at the Paris 18th University, he has been teaching colour video and electronic special effects.

He is engaged in the study and creation of prototype electronic devices on behalf of various companies. Over the last few years, he has significantly contributed to the creation of a digital multi-spectral camera with very high resolution and a dynamic lighting system (for scientific applications), which has been subsequently used by the camera to digitalise prestigious works of art, including La Joconde (see the site ?lumiere-technology.com?).

 

 

 

Lorraine Gourdeau

Percussioniste

altFirst began percussion at the age of 6 at the conservatory of the 10th Paris district, where in 2003, she obtained the prize by unanimous verdict in the percussion class of Mr. Martynciow and the chamber music class of Ms. Barry-Roux. The same year, she was awarded top honours in the class of Ms. Lenert at the National Music School in Aulnay sous bois.
Having obtained her university musicology degree at the Sorbonne, she joined the class of Mr. Macarez at the National Conservatory in Paris. This degree course earned her a place in numerous professional training schemes, as well asorchestras, led by Ms. Casadesus, Baudo, Karoui, McDonnell, Mercier, Durand, Bender or Mr. B?rault, whether in chamber music (Duo Nomad, Ensemble Paris-percu,?), or in a wide range of master classes (Tim Adams, Klaus Tresselt, Sylvio Gualda, Eric Sammut, Rainer Seegers,?). In 2007, she thus came to join the Glass Ensemble of Jean-Claude Chapuis.
Holder of a State Diploma in Traditional Music, she has been teaching since 2005 at the CRR of Pontault-Combault and at the same time, is studying a higher course at the National Conservatory in Paris.

 

 

 

 

Gonzague Phélip


Assistant - Régisseur

 

altAuthor of the titles Le choc (?The Shock?) (?ditions Grain de sable - 2000) and Kanaky Kanaky Kanaky (?ditions L?Harmattan - 2001), the theatre show Les murs de cartes (?The Walls of Cards?) (?ditions l?Harmattan - 2004), created in September 2004 at the Huchette Theatre and playing 60 times, the Plein Est romans (?ditions l?Harmattan - 2004) and Le fabuleux roman du th??tre de la Huchette (?The fabulous Huchette theatre novel?) (?ditions Gallimard - 2007), with experience as a comedian in H?tel Dorothy Parker by Rachel Salik (D?chargeurs Theatre, La Bruy?re Theatre- 2006), stage manager, stage assistant for Roger Kahane, Marcel Cuvelier, Rachel Salik, Maurice B?nichou, percussionist (Les chansons de Bernard), planner for an exhibition featuring the correspondence of the dramatic artist Bernard-Marie Kolt?s (Enfances), a stint in the Foreign Legion, co-author of the movie documentary by Thierry Silighini on Kanak dances and songs Les chants de l?igname (Arte - 1992).

Assistant stage manager for the TransparenceS Ensemble, the Glass Orchestra, since 1995. Also involved in creating instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

Marta Power Luce

Harpiste

 

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Sylvie Sissakian

Percusionniste - Pianiste

 

altTrained at the Saint-Maur Conservatory in piano and percussion. Currently employed at the Ecole de Musique Municipale Agr??e in Pontault Combault, she also participates in piano accompaniments with different choirs from the Paris region.
She has, in addition, played as a percussionist with choirs from the Paris Choral Society and the baroque English choir led by Christopher Wells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Valette

Percussionniste - Pianiste

 

altSandra Valette began her artistic studies with dance, followed by piano and percussion. At the National Montpellier Conservatory, she studied all three of these disciplines before subsequently devoting herself exclusively to percussion. In April 2004, in Paris, she obtained the Paris conservatories prize in percussion, high honours by unanimous decision as well as the chamber music prize. She then joined Alain Huteau?s class at the National Conservatory at Cergy-Pointoise where she obtained the prize for perfection with top honours.

At the same time, she has pursued a career as a symphony orchestra musician (National Montpellier Orchestra and the National Orchestra of the Loire Region. She also performed with the Chor?gie d?Orange (Orange Choral Festival), studio recordings, opera creations with the Ostinato orchestra, operettas, etc.
She also dedicated herself to chamber music with the Percussion quintet "Les Timbr?es" and a saxophone percussion duo "Duo Domino??
In the desire to transmit her knowledge, Sandra Valette taught percussion since 2005 in the CNR in Montpellier, then at the ENM in Laval (Mayenne) and finally at the Malakoff music school. Holder of a state diploma, she is now at the Paris higher Conservatory of Music and Dance where she is training for a Certificate of Aptitude in percussion.