Randall Avers et Benoît Albert, Guitare (Les Frères Méduses)

The collaboration between Benoît Albert and Randall Avers began at the Paris Conservatory in 1999. They were awarded 1ère prix for Chamber Music at the Conservatory performing music by Piazzolla, Rodrigo, Gautier and premiering a new work by Atanas Ourkouzounov. The duo disbanded and then reformed in 2008 under the pseudonym “Les Frères Méduses” programming folk music arrangements, classical repertoire, free improvisation and their own works.

They have performed at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Chicago Guitar Festival, Laguna Gloria, Austin Classical Guitar Society, Texas Chamber Music Festival, String Theory at Hunter Museum, Oberlin Conservatory, Nashville Virtuoso Showcase, and the String Festival. European performances include the Festival de Joué lès Tours, Stavanger Gitarfestival, Théâtre Doucourneau, le Conservatoire de Nantes, le Conservatoire de Narbonne and Norges Musikkhøyskole.

Recently, Les Frères Méduses were given two separate commissions to write and perform cinema-concert scores: the Unknown (2012), and Mekanisk (2013). The film scoring projects resulted in collaborations between them and Pierre Michël Faure (scenic designer/modern dancer), William Fedkenheuer (violin), and Katherine Gowers (violin).

Les Frères Méduses have performed as a duo in the United States and Europe over the last five years, programming improvised music, folk music arrangements, classical music and their own compositions, and have premiered new works by Joseph Williams II and Atanas Ourkouzounov. They have performed at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Chicago Guitar Festival, Austin Classical Guitar Society, Texas Chamber Music Festival, String Theory at Hunter Museum, Oberlin Conservatory, Nashville Virtuoso Showcase, and the String Festival. European performances include the Festival de Joué lès Tours, Stavanger Gitarfestival, Théâtre Ducourneau, le Conservatoire de Nantes, and Norges Musikkhøyskole.

Benoît Albert is professor of guitar at the Conservatoire d’Agen. Randall Avers instructs guitar at the Nord-Jarlsberg Kulturskole in Norway.

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