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Festival Ensemble(s)

Friday, september 11th, 2020

=> 8pm - Ensemble Cairn

Noriko Baba : Shiosai - Tumulte des flots (piano, violin, cello)

Philippe Leroux : De l’épaisseur (accordion, violin, cello)

Sonja Mutic : Weiß (violin, cello, piano, accordion)

Ofer Pelz : Tracé / world premiere - French State commission (piano, accordion, violin, cello)

=> 9:30pm - Ensemble Court-Circuit

Steve Reich : New York Counterpoint (clarinet and electronics)

Lara Morciano : Embedded tangles (flute and electronics)

Pierre Jodlowski : Série rose (piano and electronics)


Saturday, september 12th, 2020

=> 6pm - Ensemble Sillages

Jean-Luc Hervé : Algorithmic beauty (solo viola)

Salvatore Sciarrino : L\'Addio a Trachis (solo harp)

Yan Marez : Circumambulation (solo flute)

José Manuel López López : Trio II / new version premiere (flute, viola, harp)

Martin Matalon : Formas de arena (fluute, viola, harp)

Gérard Zinnstag : Cincos caprichos / premiere (fluute, viola, harp)


=> 8pm - Ensemble 2E2M

Alfred Schnittke : String Quartett n°2 (2 violins, viola, cello)

Patricia Alessandrini : Pastorale - Hommage à Alfred Schnittke (piano, 2 violins, viola, cello and electronics)

Mauro Lanza : La bataille de Caresme et de Charnage (solo cello and electronics / video by Yann Chapotel)
Michelle Agnes Magalhaes :
world premiere / Ensemble 2e2m commission (2 violins, viola, cello)


Sunday, september 13th, 2020

=> 4pm - Ensemble Multilatérale

Gérard Grisey : Anubis et Nout (doublebass clarinet)

Frank Bedrossian : La solitude du coureur de fond (alto saxophone)

Johannes Maria Staud : Black Moon (bass clarinet)

Yann Robin : Schizophrenia (Bflat clarinet and soprano saxophone)


=> 6pm - 5 ensembles concert

Noriko Baba

World premiere / commission by the five ensembles, with support from the Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert
flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussions, violin I, violin II, viola, cello and bass

Théo Mérigeau

World premiere / commission by the five ensembles, with support from the Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert
flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussions, violin I, violin II, alto, cello and bass

Jonathan Harvey

Wheel of Emptiness

16 instruments

Five ensembles join forces to pay homage to four composers, from four
distinct generations and nationalities.
The immense British composer Jonathan Harvey, passed away in 2012 and deserving more light, will be featured along with Japanese composer Noriko Baba, whose work impresses by its refinement. Will also be performed a piece of the young French composer Théo Mérigeau, his experience as a percussionist a strong
resource for his music.
This program, which includes two premieres, is voluntarily eclectic and rich in discovery.

Ensemble(s) is a festival dedicated to the music of our time, created in unison by five of the most active partakers in the contemporary creation field.

Together, the ensembles Cairn, Court-Circuit, Multilatérale, Sillages and 2e2m join forces and pool resources, vivacity and ingenuity to give life to the first opus of the Ensemble(s) festival in September 2020.

Over a period of three days, each of the five ensembles will present a personal program, featuring composers of all generations, aesthetics and origins. A sixth concert will bring together all participants around chamber orchestra pieces, two of which will be premiered that night. A first composition has been commissioned to the patron of the festival, the Japanese composer Noriko Baba; another, to the rising composer Théo Mérigeau.

This collective endeavour unites five ensembles for its first edition, but is destined to grow in numbers. It highlights a common will to keep building strongholds for musical expression, enabling to shed its best light on each artist’s imagination and creativity.

Keeping on creating, inventing, innovating, is a form of resistance to the ephemeral nature of things; it gives continuity to that which disappears. But it is also, and most importantly, a quest for the uncanny, one’s gaze necessarily turned towards the future.

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