Martin Wheeler

Martin Wheeler was born in the UK in 1956, and has been living and working in Paris since the late 1980’s. He has composed music for over a hundred films, including twenty from the late Franco-Icelandic director Solveig Anspach and many by Arnaud des Pallières, such as “Michael Kohlhaas”, for which he won the 2014 Cesar (‘French Oscar’) for Best Original Score, and, more recently, “Degas et moi”, a commission from the Opera National de Paris. Wheeler also performs, and works on installations, in contemporary art spaces / museums such as le Jeu de Paume, le Centre Pompidou, l’Orangerie de Sceaux, le Musée Albert Kahn and, with Abderrahmane Sissako, the National Museum of Qatar.

Wheeler’s current obsessions include: Pipe Organs (his commission from the French “Mission Centenaire 14-18“ involved an electro-acoustic performance, premiered at la Cinémathèque française, based on his improvisations on the organs of the Reims Cathedral) Post-Pop Pop (par ex a collaboration with Iggy Pop for the film “Cornelius, le meunier hurlant”), real time touch tablet control / performance of massively complex modular synthesiser patches, and semi-autonomous machines that play guitars. And playing some sort of blues on a saz.