Biography

Biography:
Henri Tournier studied Western classical music with Roger Bourdin at Versailles Conservatoire and then with Fernand Caratgé at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. It was Roger Bourdin, renowned soloist and an eclectic musician, who transmitted his passion for improvisation to him.

A laureate of the George Cziffra and Yehudi Menuhin foundations, parallel
to his chamber music concerts, Henri Tournier started developing his own
language of improvisation in the context of music for contemporary
ballet, mainly with the Peter Goss company.

Since 1989 he has been following the teachings of Pandit Hariprasad
Chaurasia, during many stays in Mumbai, then at Rotterdam Conservatoire where he has been working with him for fifteen years as an assistant-guest teacher.
In Mumbai he was also tutored by Pandit Malhar Kulkarni. Henri Tournier has accompanied Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at various concerts. In 1999-2000, he was
deeply involved in the creation and interpretation of his Bansuri concerto «Adi Anant».

As one of the few musicians both active in music research and in Indian classical music, Henri Tournier has successfully included the Bansuri in the contemporary repertoire, by creating many music works. He has multiplied his musical experiences
by playing with the Ensembles Nyssa, Henri Agnel, Pablo Cueco’s Transes Européennes, Aman-Salon de Musique, Millenarium, the Hyksos Duo, the Hardy-Tournier-Roy Trio, Sangeet Ensemble with Sharmila Sharma and Prabhu Edouard, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Willem Tanke, among others.

He has worked for many years with «Accords Croisés» as a guest musician within various original projects of « World Music » encounters : Mahwash (Afghanistan) & Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XXI, Keyvan Chemirani’s Beats of the oriental heart (Iran/India/Greece), Houria Aïchi (Algeria), Luzmila Carpio (Bolivia), Abida Parveen (Pakistan), Liu Fang, Lingling Yu (China) and as specialist consultant within
projects such as Afghan Ghazals by Mahwash, or Frederic Leclair’s movie Ravi Shankar’s Extraordinary Lesson broadcast by Arte (DVD « Accords Croisés » collection.

From 1983-2005 Henri Tournier taught at the Municipal Conservatoire of Paris and from 1989-1991 at the National Conservatoire of Reunion Island where he organized cultural
exchanges with India and Mauritius. At the Conservatoire of Rotterdam-Codarts, Henri Tournier created his improvisation class and supervised the students’ Master artistic researches.
He as been appointed since September 2016 as teacher of Indian Classical Music in the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris".

Member of the French Society of Ethnomusicology, he holds the French Teacher Certification for Traditional Music (2001), participated in music symposium and conferences (Sangeet Research Academy at Mumbay, Rotterdam – Cité de la
Musique de Paris - Inalco Paris…) and has been teaching modal improvisation in the Framework of master-classes, worshops and residences.

Press/Interviews:

Le Monde

[http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article/2010/10/11/henri-tournier-chaurasia-vit-la-musique-comme-une-ascese_1423628_3246.html]

http://www.quedit.com/detail/henri-tournier-chaurasia-vit-la-musique-comme-une-ascse-3272465.html

Telerama

http://www.telerama.fr/musiques/hariprasad-chaurasia-et-l-art-de-l-improvisation,61469.php

Mondomix

http://www.mondomix.com/actualite/980/sortie-livre-hariprasad-chaurasia-et-l-art-de-l-improvisation.htm

Le nouvel Observateur

N° 2400 4 novembre 2010 p.128

The Hindu

http://www.thehindu.com/arts/music/article866675.ece

Ambassade de France en Inde

http://www.ambafrance-in.org/france_inde/spip.php?article6734

RFI

http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20101106-2-hariprasad-chaurasia

France Ô

http://www.rfo.fr/france-o/10-minutes-pour-le-dire/henri-tournier_39086.html

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"Release of the ‘Steppes Breaths’ ! After the CD » Breath of the World » and several years of exchanges with Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig (Epi), our music now comes to life, played in quartet with Johan renard and Thierry Gomar : pieces of a repertoire of revisited music from Mongolia and our very nowadays compositions in a poetic language built together step by step."

http://mailchi.mp/accordscroises/sortie-album-souffles-des-steppes-henri-tournier-pi-115513

His musical experience has started with the Western Classical Music, the soloist
repertoire &chamber music, and the improvisations for the contemporary ballet.
His passion for improvised musics has led him to the Music of India, hence he became one of the renowned western specialists.

He is the author of « Hariprasad Chausaria and the Art of Improvisation » a discovery step by step of the North Indian Music (Accords-Croisés/Codarts) (press reviews in "biography")

A perpetual mouvement of learning of a double-culture: transversal flutes travelling from the subtil blowing of the Bansuri and the stridence of the Piccolo to the soft grave sound of the Octobass, pleasure of playing on timbres and colours, Henri Tournier has been called « multiflutist » by an ethnologist for his capacity to perform from one style to the other, from Western flutes to the North Indian Bansuri flutes.

CD "Henri Tournier - Souffles du monde",Accords-Croisés collection, release on September 22nd 2015

Telerama ffff
[http://www.telerama.fr/musiques/souffles-du-monde,131626.php]

Jazz magasine "Choc Jazz Mag" January 2016

Les Inrocks.com:
http://www.lesinrocks.com/2015/06/2...

RFI radio program Laurence Aloir March 2016
[http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20160312-2-musique-tournier-flutiste-album-souffles-monde]

Concert flûte solo France Musique, émission "à l’improviste" :
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpuppg_a-l-improviste-solo-henri-tournier-flutes_tv?search_algo=2

Solo concert France musique "A l’improviste":

Pedagogy, articles & publications

Parallel to his concert activities, Henri Tournier has always spared a privileged place to the transmission. From 1983-2005 Henri Tournier taught Western classical flute and repertoire at the Municipal Conservatoire of Paris, and from 1989-1991 at the National Conservatoire of Reunion Island where he organized cultural exchanges with India and Mauritius.

He is working since 1995 as assistant-guest-teacher to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia at the Conservatoire of Rotterdam-Codarts where he also teach improvisation, Indian theory, supervised World Music students studies and Master students’ artistic researches. (http://www.codarts.nl)
He as been appointed since September 2016 as teacher of Indian Classical Music in the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris".

Member of the French Society of Ethnomusicology, he holds the French Teacher Certification for Traditional Music (2001), participated world symposiums (Music symposium on improvisation (Sangeet Research Academy at Mumbay), 4th European Conference on the Musical Analysis Rotterdam – AEMT Worshop-Cité de la Musique de Paris— Francophone Worshops of researches on musical education Paris
(http://www.mus.ulaval.ca/reem/Sommaire_no_26.htm), Les états généraux des musiques du monde-Mondomix-Paris (http://www.zonefranche.com), Symposium MORE Cité de la musique-Paris (http://www.music-orality-roots.eu), Flute Convention-Paris.

He is teaching « Indian Music and Modal Improvisation » to teachers and a larger public in the Framework of master-classes, residences and worshops.
(http://www.ariam-idf.com)

He contributed to the publishing of various works : “The Raga Guide” of Joep Bor, (edition 2000 Nimbus/Rotterdam Conservatorium) and "Hindustani Music 13th to 20th Centuries" (edition 2009 Codarts - Manohar).

He is the author of “Hariprasad Chaurasia and the Art of Improvisation” a discovery step by step of the North Indian Music published in October 2010 in both French and English versions (edition Accords-croisés-Codarts, distribution Harmonia mundi) "Coup de coeur" Award from the Académie Charles Cros 2010. (http://www.zonefranche.com/pdf/coupsdecoeur-MM-charlescros.pdf)
(http://www.accords-croises.com)