Born in 1979 in Paris. Dafne Vicente-Sandoval is a bassoon player who explores sound through contemporary music performance, improvisation and sound installations. After graduating from the Paris Conservatory and the City of Basel Music Academy, she has dedicated herself to an in-depth instrumental practice, emerging from an intuitive experimentation into the complexities of the bassoon’s acoustical properties. Her work has translated into long-term collaborations with a handful of composers engaged in music that demands a high degree of critical interpretation (Éliane Radigue, Catherine Lamb, Jakob Ullmann, Peter Ablinger, Klaus Lang and Tashi Wada), leading to the creation of a significant catalogue of solo pieces. Concurrently, improvisation has played an important role in her performing life. Vicente-Sandoval also presents solo performances of microphone feedback generated through the resonant spaces of the bassoon itself.
Her work has been presented in contemporary music festivals (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, musikprotokoll Graz/Austria, Festival Blurred Edges in Hamburg, El Nicho in Mexico, Tectonics Festival in Glasgow/Adelaide/Athens and Ultima – Oslo Contemporary Music Festival) as well as in improvised music and sound art festivals (Konfrontationen in Nickelsdorf/Austria, No Idea Festival in Austin/Texas and Festival de Arte Sonoro TSONAMI in Santiago de Chile).
As an improviser, she has released two CDs, Remoto and Marne/Seine on the French experimental music label Potlatch. She is also heard on the CD box-set of various compositions by Jakob Ullmann, Fremde Zeit Addendum. In spring 2018, the same label, Edition RZ, will release a double CD with two solo pieces by Jakob Ullmann, Solo II and Müntzers stern, composed especially for her.