SR9 Trio
Percussion Group
One sound. Raw, simple, natural. Adapting it, transforming it, and capturing it.

Giving it a sense,a dimension, an identity.

Confronting the issue of gesture, whether musical or choreographic.

In a constant search for innovation beyond classical percussion, it is this mixture of artistic language ??that formed the SR9 trio.

Their eclectic artistic realm includes the areas of dance, theater, music and electronic music in a process which is constantly renewed.

SR9 defends a creative vision of contemporary percussion and its evolution through lively performance.

Created in 2010 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon in the class of Jean Geoffroy and Henri-Charles Caget, the trio was born out of a friendship between Alexander ESPERET, Nicolas COUSIN and Paul CHANGARNIER. SR9 won First Prize at the International Percussion Trio Competition in Luxembourg in 2012, as well as the Audience Award and Interpretation Award for Jean Batigne’s work, Parcours.
They were also winners of the European Musical Ensemble Competition of FNAPEC in 2012. Their concerts include repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to contemporary music. Through their collaboration with young composers, they actively participate in the evolution of contemporary repertoire.

Alexandre Esperet
Alexandre began his percussive studies at the Conservatoire d’Avignon and then continued at the Conservatoire de Créteil. He was then admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in the percussion class of Jean Geoffroy. Agreed upon unanimously by his jury, he graduated with honorable mention in 2012. His musical background also includes studies in composition, jazz, contemporary music and piano. Winning 1st prize at the National Marimba Competition in Cannes (2008), Alexandre was also a finalist in the prestigious International Competition in Geneva (2009), where he won the Audience Award and Interpretation Prize for the required work, Dr. Glatt. An eclectic percussionist, he is a founding member of the Kahlua Company along with Matthew and Anthony Ben, which created their first musical theatre* program, Black Box, in January 2012. Since 2011, he has performed world-wide with the musical theatre dance company, Arcosm, with their show, Traverse. Also possessing a passion for the symphonic repertoire, he has played in many orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Régional d’Avignon, Orchestre Regional de Cannes...

*Musical theatre: in this context refers to the incorporation of theatrical elements into contemporary performance practice, (movement, spoken word, and acting) and not to works such as West Side Story.

Paul Changarnier
Paul Changarnier began playing percussion in Normandy under the guidance of Ronan Quélen in Saint- Valéry- en- Caux. He continued his education at the Conservatoire de Rouen with Catherine Favre and then at the Conservatoire de Créteil with Francis Brana. He also studied drum set with François Laizeau at the Conservatoire de La Courneuve. In 2009, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon in the class of Jean Geoffroy and Henri-Charles Caget. He won first prize at the International Percussion Competition in Cannes in 2010. Paul Changarnier also plays regularly with the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre Regional de Cannes PACA, and the French Youth Orchestra (2010 session), allowing him to work with renowned conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Kristjan Järvi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kwame Ryan, Pascal Rophé ... He joined the Ensemble Tactus in the spring 2011. Along with his classical training, he also plays with various bands as a jazz and rock drummer (Beluga Octet, The Dog Food, Christophe de Barallon, Le Fils à Monique Orchestra). His eclectic artistic interests have also lead him to work with dance companies. In 2011 he worked with choreographer Sandrine Maisonneuve on the work Where do our fathers sleep, and Yuval Pick onNo Play Hero. Since 2012, he has been collaborating with dancers Julia Thomas and Demay Moncla in their group, État des lieux.

Nicolas Cousin
Nicolas Cousin began studying piano and percussion at the Conservatoire d’Angers with Fabrice Marandola, Thierry Le Cacheux and Jean Fessard. He continued his studies with François Desforges and Emmanuel Curt before joining the class of Jean Geoffroy and Henri-Charles Caget at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon, where he graduated in 2011. A passionate orchestral percussionist, he won the Aïda scholarship with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse and performed with the Opéra de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lyon, Saint Etienne Opera and the Opéra de Limoges. He participated in the 2010 and 2011 sessions of the French Youth Orchestra and in 2008, played with the Orchestre National d’Harmonie des Jeunes. In 2012, he shared the stage with renowned artists including Gary Hoffmann, François Frédéric Guy, Peter Laul, Hélène Desmoulin, Juliette Hurel, and Marc Coppey at the festival, Musicales, directed by Marc Coppey. A versatile musician, he has performed with the dance company, O Vertigo, at the Festival of Dance and Art in Marseilles (where he performed Steve Reich’s work, “Drumming”), as well as in Philippe Béziat’s film, Noces, which recounts the collaboration of Stravinsky and Ramuz. He is also a co-founder and drummer of the Blues group Clawhammers.
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