Biographies NIM Trio
The NIM Trio was founded in 2015 by the three Zarb-players Corentin Marillier, Jérémie Abt and Bastian Pfefferli. The Zarb, or Tombak, is a hand-drum from classical Persian music. The NIM Trio explores its vast possibilitys in various compositional and improvisational ways with the multiplicity of this simple seeming drum. All three musicians of the trio also have a deep background in other Eastern music styles, as well as in contemporary music, which they allow to flow into their creations.
Corentin Marillier obtained a DEM (diplôme d’étude musicale) from the C.R.R of Rueil Malmaison and the prix de virtuosité in percussion in 2015 in the class of Eve Payeur, where he studied since 2011. During these four years he concentrated mainly on contemporary music and music theater. He has worked with several composers such as Philippe Manoury, Martin Matalon and Nicolas Frize, playing with ensembles such as Ecoute, TM +, Court Circuit and les Percussions de Strasbourg. Since September 2015, he has been studying with Pascal Pons contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire. In addition to his classical studies, he has a special interest in non-European music such as the Zarb (Tombak), which he learned with Pierre Rigopoulos and Keyvan Chemirani, as well as Javanese Gamelan, which he studied during regular stays with Sri Joko Raharjo. Today, he teaches Javanese Gamelan at the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Conservatory of Pontault Combault (Paris).
Jérémie Abt studied percussion in the class of Rueil-Malmaison, where he specialized in the repertoire of the new music theater and contemporary music with Eve Payeur. Thanks to his fascination for traditional music he studied the Persian Zarb with the Trio Chemirani, as well as Balinese Gamelan. His diverse artistic activities stand for his broad musical interest: He regularly works with Eclats, a company for new music for young audiences, the contemporary ensemble “Cbarré”, Nicolas Frize or the contemporary choir “Musicatreize”. Thanks to his growing interest in Balinese music, he founded Puspa Varna, a gamelan orchestra at the Indonesian embassy in Paris. He also directs the Gamelan orchestras from Marseille “Bintang Tiga”, Sekar Sandat from Orfeo from Voiron, as well as courses at the Philharmoni of Paris. His great interest for the Persian Zarb is reflected in different projects. On the one hand with the musical theater duo Braz Bazar, with the percussionist Bastian Pfefferli, as also for example in improvisations with the actress Sonia Masson.
Bastian Pfefferli studied percussion with Matthias Würsch and Christian Dierstein in Basel, as well as in Rueil-Malmaison / Paris with Eve Payeur. As a soloist and ensemble musician he is mainly working in the field of contemporary music, especially the New Music Theater. He is also specialised in non-European handdrums such as the Persian Zarb, framedrums and the Indian Tabla, with which he regularly performs in various formations and solo. He currently plays mainly with the percussion quartet Ensemble This | Ensemble That, the duo Shatterhand & Bushmill Orchestra and the Zarb-duo Braz Bazar. He played with many Ensembles for contemporary music such as Collegium Novum Zürich, Ensemble Phönix Basel, Ensemble Proton Bern, mdi Ensemble Milano and many others.