Gérald Kurdian (they/them), musician, performer and radio-artist, studied visual arts at the École Nationale d’Arts de Paris-Cergy before entering the performance and contemporary dance program Ex.e.r.ce 07_Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, under the direction of Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy.
Their oblique concerts - 1999 (2009), 18 Chansons (2010), My first club-song ever (2011), The magic of spectacular theater (2012), La solidité des choses (2014), Hot bodies - Stand up (2018) - are joyful synergies between electronic music practices, performance art and documentary.
They are regularly presented in the contexts of visual arts (Centre Pompidou - Metz, Fondation Cartier), indie music (Centquatre, Nouveau Casino), or performing arts (Usine C - Montréal, Crossing the Line - New York, Steirischer Herbst - Graz , etc).
Since 2007, they compose radio-pieces and collaborate with the french national radio program Atelier de Création Radiophonique.
In that frame, they invite female prostitutes - Je suis putain (2007) -, contemporary dancers - 6 mois, 1 lieu et le comportement de l’ensemble (2009) - and explore with them some of our bodies’ contemporary perspectives.
In 2010, they won the Phonurgia Nova grant for their project Menaces, fantôme (2011) led with the author Caroline Masini and developed since then a serie of documentary projects using songwriting as a pretext to testimony and exchange :
Nos jours, absolument, doivent-être illuminés (2011) with the movie director Jean-Gabriel Périot and a group of prisoners of the Orléans jailhouse, Les îles artificielles (2015) with the employees of an insurance company.
They compose for movie directors : Héléna Villovitch_Le plus petit appartement de Paris (2014 - Collection Canal Plus_Festival de Cannes), Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet_The things we know (2009), Arnold Pasquier_Paramount (2010), Vincent Dieutre_Déchirés, grave (2013), choreographers: Mette Ingvartsen, Philipp Gehmacher, Simone Aughterlony, Jen Rosenblit, Marcela Santander, Eszter Salamon, Carole Perdereau and Eleanor Bauer and theater makers: Emmanuel Daumas, Vanasay Khamphommala.
Winner of the Prix Paris Jeunes Talents 09, the Grand Zebrock and the FAIR 2010, their electronic songs project first LP, This is the hello monster!, has been selected among the 2010 best records of the french newspaper Libération.
In 2016, they released, Icosaèdre, a french-speaking EP produced by the electronic musician Chapelier Fou and in 2020, an EP for clubs, Tarek X I - V produced by Apollo Noir.
Since 2017, they develop HOT BODIES OF THE FUTURE, a project of performative and musical researches on alternative forms of sexuality and queer micro-politics with the support of ENSAB's post-master Arts et Création Sonore and the associations Emmetrop and Bandits-Mages.
Its first objects : Hot bodies - Stand up, a solo performance, Hot bodies - Choir, a queer choir, A queer club for hot bodies of the future, a party d'amour mixing workshops, conferences, screenings and DJ sets to celebrate the actors of the queer scenes are currently on tour.
Since 2020, they are one of the artist-researchers of the ESACM’s research cooperative.