Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman was born in Rwanda but grew up in Belgium from the age of two. She’s an independent radio producer, vocalist and composer. Lately Lierman is trying new directions by fusing radio art, vocal art and composition. Her main focus is her personal field recordings: a large collection of unique sounds and soundscapes from rural and urban contemporary East‐Africa. Sound‐bit by sound‐bit she’s transforming and sculpting them into something she would call “Afrique Concrète”. Lierman’s work has been broadcasted, exhibited and performed throughout Europe, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.
In January 2016 Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman was awarded the Sally and Don Lucas fellowship at Montalvo Arts in California. In May 2014 Lierman won the First Prize at Monophonic 2014 (Brussels) for ‘Anosmia’, a radio composition reflecting on the Rwandan Genocide. In 2013 Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman won the 1st prize at Sonic Art (Rome) for her radio composition KARIAKOO ( a sonic portrait of a lively neighborhood in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania). In the same year, she also won the 3rd prize at Grand Prix Nova (Bucharest) for her radio composition ‘iota mikro’ (based on field recordings from her birthplace, the Karisimbi vulcano, in Rwanda).
Lierman released two albums with the British cult-group Nurse With Wound, collaborated with visual artist Vincent Meessen (Belgian entry for Venice Biennale 2015) on his recent exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel and Bozar. And in summer 2015 she toured the USA premiering her solo sets for voice and tape.
Currently Lierman is preparing new electro acoustic work commissioned by Gaudeamus, for ensemble But What About to be premiered September 2018.
Lierman studied composition with Yannis Kyriakides and Martijn Padding and classical singing with Lenie van den Heuvel at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she earned an MA in Composition/Minor Voice.
Lierman has also a Masters degree in Audiovisual Arts/Radio from The Royal Institute for Theater, Cinema and Sound in Brussels.
As well enjoyed masterclasses and lessons in composition with Mayke Nas, Huba de Graaff, Peter Ablinger, Hans Abrahamsen, Michael Pisaro, Jo Kondo, Kaija Saariaho, Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Christian Wolff, Butch Morris, Bob Ostertag, Justin Bennett, Joel Ryan, Evis Sammoutis, Wim Hendrickx, Pete Harden, Samuel Vriezen, Diderik Wagenaar.
Masterclasses in voice with Phil Minton, Meredith Monk, Sidsel Endresen, Maja Ratkje, Koichi Makigami, David Moss, Lydia Lunch, Claron Mcfadden, Natascha Roth, Iva Bittova, Jaap Blonk, Greetje Bijma, Omar Ebrahim, Gidon Saks, Sainkho Namtchylak, Andrea Molino, Catherine Delasalle, Saadet Türköz, Jocelyn B. Smith, Wim Vandekeybus, Erik Thielemans, David Linx, Fay Claassen, Christina Fuchs, Anita Daulne (Zap Mama), Olivier Thomas (Tomassenko), Theo Bleckmann, Katie Geissinger, Gisela Rohmert.