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Jean-Marc Montera’s Biography
A French guitarist with origins in rock, specialising in free improvisation and sound experimentation, he performs solo and in different groups, AMP (Trio of guitarists, Akchoté / Montera / Pauvros), The Room (Duo with Sophie Gonthier), Meditrio (with medievalist musicians Julien Ferrando – clavicytherium / Jean-Michel Robert – theorbo and electronic). Exploiting the full range of amplified and acoustic strings : resonances, percussion, distortions, extensions and misappropriations of all styles, he evokes a world of abstract sound and the daily mechanisms of life and the city. Amongst the most active musicians in the field of improvisation, since the 1970’s he has increased encounters and contact with other artistic worlds so much so that he is breaking the barriers between the different genres. He participates in many collaborations, for example with image, Salvo Cuccia, José Cesarini…., the theatre, Hubert Colas, Jean-Claude Berutti, Peter Palitzsch…, dance, Odile Duboc, collective Skalen, and Fine arts, Sandy Amério, Lionel Scoccimaro, Richard Baquié...

With more than thirty albums recorded with different groups, his first solo album, Hang Around Shouts, was released in 1995 with the label FMP (Free Music Production).
In 2011, he produces Les Anges du Péché with Lee Ranaldo and Thruston Moore, guitar players from Sonic Youth, than in 2012 the album 13 Impros with Fanny Paccoud about thirthteen marseillan artists. In october 2013 he recorded What’s Up ? around poetry women from the Beat Generation, on the label Signatures (Radio France).

He has collaborated with Fred Frith, André Jaume, Barre Phillips, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Louis Sclavis, Michel Doneda, Ahmad Compaoré, Christine Wodrascka, Pauline Oliveros, Pascal Contet, Gérard Siracusa…
He was invited in two special concerts with Sonic Youth (La Villette-Paris 2007) and Patti Smith ( Fondation Cartier - Paris 2009).

In 2001 he created l’Ensemble d’Improvisateurs Européens bringing together Hans Koch, Thomas Lehn, Hélène Breschand, Dan Vandewalle, Lelio Giannetto, Chris Cutler and Taavi Kerikmaé. This ensemble specialised in the interpretation of existing graphic scores (Cornelius Cardew, John Cage, Earl Brown…), and of those commissioned by young composers (Pierre-Yves Macé and Annette Schlünz) .

Jean-Marc Montera co-founded GRIM (Group of Musical Research and Improvisation) in 1978. He joined forces with stage director Hubert Colas in 1999 to found Montévidéo, centre of contemporary art creations in Marseille.The centre’s priority is to create links, to establish interactivity between music and theatre in their most modern forms and to increase confrontations between artists and disciplines.

In 2017 he created D.R.I.M / Department Research for Improvised Musique within GMEM in which he became Associated Artist.