ELIANE RADIGUE was born in Paris, France. She studied electroacoustic music techniques at the Studio d'essai at the RTF, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry (1957-58). She was married to the artist, Arman, and devoted ten years to the education of three children, deepening classical music studies and instrumental practice on the harp and piano at the same time. In 1967-68 she worked again with Pierre Henry, as his assistant at the Studio Apsome.
Radigue worked for a year at the New York University School of the Arts in 1970-71. Her music, its source an Arp synthesizer and medium recording tape, attracted considerable attention for its sensitive, dappled purity. She was in residence at the electronic music studios of the University of Iowa and California Institute of the Arts in 1973.
Becoming a Tibetan Buddhist in 1975, Radigue went into retreat, and stopped composing for a time. When she took up her career again in 1979, she continued to work with the Arp synthesizer which has become her signature. She composed Triptych for the Ballet Théâtre de Nancy (choreography by Douglas Dunn), Adnos II & Adnos III, and began the large-scale cycle of works based on the life of the Tibetan master, Milarepa.
In 1984 Radigue received a "bourse à la creation" from the French Government to compose Songs of Milarepa, and a "commande de l'état" in 1986 for the continuation of the Milarepa cycle with Jetsun Mila.
Notoriously slow and painstaking in her work, Radigue has produced in the last decade or so on average one major work every three years. Very recently, in response to the demands of musicians worldwide, she has begun creating works for specific performers and instruments together with electronics. The first of these was for bass player Kaspar Toeplitz, and more recently the American cellist Charles Curtis.
Performances of her music have taken place at galleries and museums such as the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs (Paris), Foundation Maeght (St. Paul de Vence), Albany Museum of the Arts (New York), Galerie Rive Droite (Paris), Gallery Sonnabend (New York), Galerie Yvon Lambert (Paris), and Galerie Shandar (Paris); at festivals including the Festival de Como (Italy), the Festival d'Automne a Paris, Festival Estival (Paris), International Festival of Music (Bourges, France); and at the New York Cultural Center, Experimental Intermedia Foundation (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Columbia University (New York), Vanguard Theatre (Los Angeles), LACE (Los Angeles), Mills College (Oakland), University of Iowa, Bennington School of Music, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the NEMO Festival (Chicago 1996). She has appeared on many broadcast programs including France Culture, France Musique, distribution via satellite covering over 50 stations in the U.S. including special programs on KPFK (Los Angeles) and KPFA (San Francisco).
Radigue currently lives in France, where she continues to compose electronic music and study the teachings of the Tibetan lamas. She returns to the United States periodically to present programs of her electronic works.
Jetsun Mila, Lovely Music, Ltd. CD2003(2 discs), 2007
L'île re-sonante, Shiin, 2005
Before the Libretto (with The Lappetites), Quecksilber, 2005
Elemental II, Records of Sleaze Art, 2004
Geelriandre / Arthesis, Fringes Archive, 2003
Adnos I-III, Table of the Elements, 2002
E = A = B = A + B (2 x 7" limited edition), Povertech Industries, 2000
Songs of Milarepa, Lovely Music, Ltd. CD 2001(2 discs), 1998
Trilogie de la Mort, Experimental Intermedia XI 119(3), 1998
Biogenesis, Metamkine, "Cinema pour l'oreille" collection, MKCD019, 1996
Kyema-Intermediate States, Experimental Intermedia XI 103, 1992
Mila's Journey Inspired by a Dream, Lovely Music, Ltd. CD 2002, 1987 (out of print, included on CD 2001, Songs of Milarepa)
Jetsun Mila, Lovely Music, Ltd. CA 2003, 1987 (cassette out of print)
Songs of Milarepa, Lovely Music, Ltd. LP 2001, 1983 (LP out of print)
Chry-ptus, New York Cultural Art Center, 1971
7th Birth, New York, 1972
Geelriandre, Théatre de la Musique, Paris, 1972
Phi 847, The Kitchen, New York, 1973
Arthesis, Theater Vanguard, Los Angeles, 1973
Biogénésis and Transamorem Transmortem, The Kitchen, New York, 1974
Adnos, Festival d'Automne, Paris, 1974
7 petites pièeces pour un Labyrinthe Sonore, GERM, Paris, 1975
Adnos II, Mills College, Oakland, 1980
Adnos III, Prélude à Milarepa, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York, 1982
5 songs of Milarepa, San Francisco Art Institute, 1984
Jetsun Mila, Vie de Milarepa, GERM, Paris, 1986
Kyema, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, 1988 ("Trilogie de la Mort")
Kailasha, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, New York, 1991 ("Trilogie de la Mort")
Koume, Mamac, Festival MANCA, Nice, 1993 ("Trilogie de la Mort")
To reach the composer:
By telephone: 33-1-4279-0579
By physical mail: Eliane Radigue, 22 Rue Liancourt, 75014 Paris, France