Ensemble. This is a word that illustrates our desires after this difficult period: to find ourselves, share, play, think and have fun together.
Ensemble is also one of the usual words of composers. Not quite an orchestra or a chamber music group, just a formation of musicians who come together for the duration of a piece of music.
For the festival, the 2e2m, Cairn, Court-circuit, Multilaterale and Sillages ensembles are joining forces, their vivacity and their inventiveness.
For a few days, each presents a program of their own, highlighting composers of all generations, aesthetics and origins combined. In closing, a concert will bring together the five ensembles on stage around works in large formation.
And, beyond the concerts, the evenings will be punctuated by friendly and/or didactic interventions, meetings with the composers, screenings, "pots" where we comment on what we have heard...
To continue to create, to invent, to innovate together is to resist things that pass away, it is in a way to give permanence to what is disappearing, but it is also and above all to pursue this quest for the unheard of which cannot be focused only on the future.
Ensemble(s) is, as its name suggests, a project and a festival full of hope.
ARIA - Multilatérale
Agata Zubel, Anne Castex, Christophe Bertrand, Lorenzo Troiani
Melodia - 5 Ensemble(s)
Franck Bedrossian, Luigi Nono, Lara Morciano, Agata Zubel, Toshio Hosokawa, Jean-Luc Hervé
Entrelacs - Multilatérale
Michael Seltenreich, Hugues Dufourt, Franck Bedrossian, Yan Maresz
Bridge(s) - 5 Ensemble(s)
Sébastien Gaxie, John O’Gallagher
Origine - 5 Ensemble(s)
Mauro Lanza, Philippe Leroux, Sofia Avramidou, Hugues Dufourt
Territoires - 5 ensembles
Beat Furrer, Lucas Fagin, Florent Caron Darras
Teatro - Multilatérale
Vinko Globokar, Giulia Lorusso, Stylianos Dimou, Georges Aperghis, Francesco Filidei
Espaces mouvants - 5 ensembles
Paul Méfano, Beat Furrer, Demian Rudel Rey
A bout de Souffle - Multilatérale
Gérard Grisey, Frank Bedrossian, Johannes Maria Staud, Yann Robin
Vivos Vocos - 5 ensembles
Jonathan Harvey, Théo Mérigeau, Noriko Baba, Jonathan Harvey
For this final concert, the five ensembles come together for a total of eighteen musicians and two soloists. Around four composers, the program declines the question of Origin: origin of an idea, a sound, a sound sensation.
This concert, the result of a partnership between the Festival Ensemble(s) and the jazz department of the Royal Birmingham Conservatory, explores the links between contemporary music and jazz. Five students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatory join five musicians from the 5 Ensemble(s) for the interpretation of two creations, commissioned from two composers belonging to the double culture of improvised/written music: the Frenchman Sébastien Gaxie and the American John O' Gallagher.
How do works, from a poetic and symbolic point of view, respond to each other? If these resonances exist, are they relevant from a perceptual point of view? The bet of this program is to try to give an answer to the question of a possible balance through the choice of the instrumentation and the personality of the soloists who will appropriate these four sound worlds. The unknown is all the greater when the variable of a creation is introduced...