Haratago ©Nahia Garat


Nicolas Nageotte is a musician known for his multiple brea(d)ths. An all-terrain clarinettist and multilingual saxophonist, he also plays other traditional wind instruments like the duduk and the zurna.

A sought-after performer in classical and contemporary music (he is a member of the Lemanic Modern Ensemble and collaborates, for example, with the Les Siecles Orchestra), Nicolas Nageotte is also involved in improvised music alongside, among others, Jacques Di Donato, his professor at the Conservatoire Supérieure in Lyon, who has now become his travelling companion in Brahmâ and the Anguison Quartet.

Since 2010, after many visits to Istanbul, he has been performing Turkish music, particularly the gypsy music of Thrace learnt from Selim and Ramazan Sesler. The bands Oksit and Talawine (with Hassan Abd Alrahman on the oud and Roméo Monteiro on oriental percussions), and also his duo with the accordionist Christian Maës, blend compositions, traditional music and improvisation to shape his new sonic imagery.

He teaches at the Conservatoire de Région de Chalon-sur-Saône and the Ecole Supérieure de Musique de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.

In Haratago, always in the vanguard of his music, the question arises as to whether it is the long and lively Turkish clarinet or rather his profound breath that guides him and inspires him. He can leap, surging to gather sounds like he would cup fresh drinking water in his hands, be heady without losing the clairvoyance of the musical phrases emanating from within… at times sprightly with joy, at others with confounding tenderness. The constant dialogue that he conducts with the voice enables the singing to soar in audacity and dispossession.