Michel Doneda

Posted on October 13, 2010

M. Doneda, soprano saxophone, born in 1954, comes from the French South-West. He is a self-taught musician.
In 1980 he founded in Toulouse a reed trio: HIC ET NUNC, a group that toured quite a lot in France, playing mostly improvised music. At the same time he founded with musicians, dancers and actors a place called IREA (Institute for research and exchange between arts of improvisation).

In the following years, he participated in music projects with other artists and he became a regular guest of the Chantenay-Villedieu festival. Meeting other artists he developed a very personal approach with his music and his instrument in improvised music. During this period he played with Europeans musicians: Fred Van Hove, Phil Wachsmann, Max Eastley, Steve Beresford and Americans: John Zorn, Eliott Sharp, Elvin Jones.

In 1985 he made his first record under his own name: TERRA (Nato record). At the same time he started playing regurlarly with Lê Quan Ninh, Daunik Lazro, Beñat Achiary, Martine Altenburger, Barre Phillips, Paul Rogers, Tetsu Saitoh, Kazue Sawai.
More recently he developed his work with Keith Rowe, Günter Müller, Bhob Rainey, Giuseppe Ielasi and dancers as Masaki Iwana, Yukiko Nakamura, Valérie Métivier and poets, actors. Since then, he has been very involved in the international improvised music scene, toured in Africa, Japan, Asia, USA, Canada, South America, Russia and with a lot of improvisers in Europe.

In 1992 he founded in Toulouse with musicians, actors, poets, dancers the association: La Flibuste. As of today he recorded almost 50 records for European, Americans and Japanese labels.


Michel Doneda, Jonas Kocher, Tomaž Grom, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec: Udarnik  (L’Innomable, 2011)
Michel Doneda & eRikm: Razine (Monotype, 2011)
Michel Doneda & Jonas Kocher: Action Mechanique (Flexion, 2011)
Michel Doneda & Tatsuya Nakatani: White Stone Black Lamp  (Nakatani-Kobo, 2011)
Michel Doneda & Alessandra Rombola: Overdeveloped Pigeons  (Con-v, 2011)
Various Artists: Weird Fairytales (Η Λάθος Άκρη Του Τηλεσκοπίου, 2011)
Michel Doneda, Jonas Kocher, Christoph Schiller: ///grape skin    Another timbre, 2010)
Various Artists: Improtest 2007/2008  (Improtest, 2010)
Various Artists: MonoTypeRec Sampler01  (Monotype, 2010)
Michel Doneda / Taavi Kerikmäe: Kirme (Improtest, 2010)
Michel Doneda, Rhodri Davies, Louisa Martin, Phil Minton, Lee Patterson: Fragments Of The Cadastre (Another Timbre, 2010)
Michel Doneda/ John Russell/ Roger Turner: The cigar that talks  (Collection PiedNu, 2010)
Michel Doneda/ Rhodri Davies/ Louisa Martin/ Phil Minton/ Lee Patterson: Midhopestones (Another Timbre, 2009)
Michel Doneda, Olivier Toulemonde, Nicolas Desmarchelier: Le terrier (Monotype, 2009)
Michel Doneda, Jerome Noetinger, eRikm: Dos D’Ânes  (Ronda, 2009)
Michel Doneda, JaneRigler, Andrew Drury: Clean Brook, Loose Too (Sachimay Interventions, 2008)
Various Artists: Folk Songs  (Nato, 2007)
Michel Doneda & Tetsu Saitoh: Spring Road – Duo Japan Tour 2003 (Travessia, 2007)
Michel Doneda, Tetsu Saitoh, Frederic Blondy: Carré Bleu: In Memory Of Bernard Prouteau  (Travessia, 2007)
Michel Doneda, Giuseppe Ielasi, Ingar Zach: Flore De Cataclysmo (Sedimental. 2007)
Michel Doneda & Pierre-Olivier Boulant: La Borde / Pas Des Escales  (Puffskydd, 2007)
From Between: No stranger to air Sprout, 2006)
Michel Doneda & Pierre-Olivier Boulant: Port De La Selva (Puffskydd, 2006)
Michel Doneda, Tetsu Saitoh, Kazuo Imai: Orbit 1  (Travessia, 2006)
Michel Doneda & Katsura Yamauchi: La drache (Improvised Music from Japan, 2006)
Michel Doneda & Alessandro Bosetti: Breath on the floor (absinthRecords, 2005)
Michel Doneda: Solo las planques (Sillón, 2005)
Various Artists: Le Chronatoscaphe (Nato/ Nocturne, 2005)
Quatour Aerolithes: Aerolithes (Vand’Ouevre, 2005)
Michel Doneda, Jack Wright, Tatsuya Nakatani. from between (soseditions, 2005)
Michel Doneda, Serge Baghdassarians, Boris Baltschun, Alessandor Bosetti: Strom, (Potlatch, 2004)
Various Artists: Improvised music from Japan 2004 (IMJ, 2004)
Michel Doneda, Kazue Sawai, Kazuo Imai, Lê Quan Ninh, Tetsu Saitoh: Une chance pour l’ombre (Victo, 2004)
Michel Doneda & Pierre-Olivier Boulant: Sopranino / Radio  (Fringes, 2003)
No Spaghetti Edition: Real time satellite data (SOFA, 2003)
Michel Doneda & Pierre-Olivier Boulant: Montségur (Puffskydd, 2003)
Michel Doneda, Alessandro Bosetti, Bhob Rainey: Placés dans l’air (Potlatch, 2003)
Various Artists: Musiqueaction #03 (Vand’Oeuvre, 2002).
Michel Doneda, Urs Leimgruber, Keith Rowe: The difference between a fish (Potlatch, 2002)
Michel Doneda & Tetsu Saïtoh: Spring Road 01 (Scissors, 2002)
Michel Doneda & Pierre- Olivier Boulant Sopradino (Fringes, 2002)
Michel Doneda, Laurent Sassi, Lê Quan Ninh, Christian Monsarrat, Jean Pallandre, Steve Robins: Brame (Ouïe Dire Production, 2002)
Various Artists: Improvised music from Japan (IMJ, 2001)
Michel Doneda, Kazue Sawai, Tetsu Saitoh: Three day moon (Sparkling Beatnik, )
Michel Doneda, Tetsu Saitoh, Chon Chul-Gi, Noriko Tsuboi, Zai Kuning: Pagan hymn (Jabara, 2000)
Michel Doneda & Tetsu Saitoh. : Koh-Kan live at Seitan Ongakudo (Ohrai Records, 2000)
Michel Doneda, Hélene Breschand, Gérald Zbinden: L’intense (For 4 Ears, 2000)
Kazue Sawai, Michel Doneda, Tetsu Saitoh: Live At Hall Egg Farm  (Sparkling Beatnik, 2000)
Michel Doneda, Fabrice Charles, Günter Müller: Direct chamber (33Revpermi, 2000)
Michel Doneda, Eric M, Jean-Marc Montera: Not (Victo, 1999)
Dominique Répécaud: Ana ban (In Situ, 1999)
Dominique Grimaud: Slide (Vand’Oeuvre, 1999)
Michel Doneda, Jean Pallandre, Xavier Charles: Gaycre (Poil – Ouïe Dire Production, 1999)
Michel Doneda:  Anatomie des clefs (Potlatch, 1998)
Michel Doneda, Laurent Sassi, Marc Pichelin, Lê Quan Ningh: Montagne noire (Poil – Ouïe Dire Production, 1998)
Michel Doneda, Beñat Achiary, Kazue Sawaï: Temps couché (Victo, 1998)
Michel Doneda, Mari Kimura, Le Quan Ninh, Jean Pallandre:  Hyperion (Hurta Cordel, 1998)
Michel Doneda,  Serge Pey, Daunik Lazro,  Lê Quan Ninh:  Les Diseurs De Musique (Vand’Oeuvre, 1998)
Michel Doneda & Ly Thant Tien: Graal pirate (Horlieu Production, 1998)
Camel Zekri: le festival de l’eau (Vand’Oeuvre, 1997)
Michel Doneda, Marcel Papaux, Gérald Zbingen, : Instant songs (For 4 Ears, 1997)
Michel Doneda, Tetsu Saïtoh, Alain Joule: M’uoaz (Scissors, 1997)
1995, Les diseurs de musique, Vand’Oeuvre VD0 9814.
Michel Doneda, Fabrice Charles, Jacques Debout, Jean Pallandre, Daniel Koskowitz, Le Quan Ninh, Olivier Paquotte,Dominique Repecaud:  Idiome 1238 (33Revpermi 1995)
Michel Doneda & Beñat Achiary: Ce n’est pourtant (L’empreinte digiale, 1996)
Michel Doneda, Paul Rogers, Lê Quan Ninh:  Open Paper Tree (FMP, 1995)
Various Artists: RRR 500 (RRRecords, 1995)
Michel Doneda: Ogooue-Ogoway (Transes Europeennes, 1995)
Michel Doneda & Jean Pallandre: Eclipses  (Poil, 1994)
Dominique Regef: Tourneries (Vand’Oeuvre, 1993)
Michel Doneda & Alain Joule: Sept vibrations (NIL,  1993)
Michel Doneda & Alain Joule: Le chameau d’Ispahan (NIL, 1993)
Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh, Dominique Regef:  Soc (In Situ, 1993)
Barre’s Trio: No pieces (émouvance, 1993)
Various Artists: Egyptian Fantasy (Nato, 1992)
Michel Doneda:  L’élémentaire sonore (In situ, 1990)
Tony Hymas: Oyaté  (Nato/ Vogue, 1990)
Beñat Achiary: Arranoa (Ocora, 1989)
Michel Doneda, Daunik Lazro, Le Quan Ninh: Lazro/Doneda/Lê Quan (Van d’Oeuvre/In Situ, 1989)
Michel Doneda & Daunik Lazro: Général Gramofon (Nato, 1988)
Various Artists: Bandes original du journal de Spirou (Nato, 1988)
Various Artists: Joyeux Noël (Nato 1988).
Various Artists: Au magazine  (Nato, 1987)
Michel Doneda, Phil Wachsmann, Benat Achiary, Siracusa, Masmalet: Terra, (Nato, 1985)


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