Focus Musique contemporaine
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FOCUS
From June 10th till 14th 2015, l’Institut Français will organise the first Focus dedicated to contemporary music, in the framework of Manifeste, Ircam’s yearly festival. 50 foreign professionals from various countries will be invited in Paris, to experience the fertility and diversity of French musical creation.
Initiated by l'Institut français, in association with their partners – Ircam, Futurs Composés, SACEM, the City of Paris, ONDA and Bureau Export –, the Focus aims to promote the French contemporary music artists to foreign professionals (festivals and concert halls artistic directors, promoters, etc). The goal is to foster professional exchanges and collaborations, to facilitate the international development of French musicians. Priority will be given to emerging artists – composers and ensembles – currently developing their international career. The invitation of music professionals from various countries will be supported by the French cultural network abroad (French Embassies, Instituts français, Alliances françaises).
Foreign professionals taking part in this Focus will be offered the opportunity to discover French emerging artists (ensembles, orchestras, composers) through a selection of concerts from Manifeste, but also in several venues programming contemporary music in Paris, including the newly opened Paris Philharmony. They will be able to meet artists and their management through conferences, round-tables and speed-meeting sessions. Several new pieces by emerging and confirmed composers will be put forward, and several ensembles will make presentations about their forthcoming projects, in partnership with Futurs Composés and SACEM. Meetings with French programmers will be co-organised with ONDA, in order to help organising coproductions.
The Focus will also put forward the high quality work made by Ircam and the French National Centres for Musical Creation in musical softwares, conceiving digital tools to support the composers’ work. Ircam will offer the opportunity to visit their studios, and the National Centres for Musical Creation will present premieres from their composers in residence.
Concerts will include premieres by Laurent Cuniot, Michaël Levinas, and other composers from Ircam and the National Centers for Musical Creation, with ensembles such as TM+, Ars Nova, Le Balcon, ONCEIM orchestra…
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10th
8.30pm: Ensemble Ars Nova - Georgia Spiropoulos
Centre Pompidou - Grande Salle
In Les Bacchantes, the vocalist Médéric Collignon incarnates several characters from Euripides’ tragedy about the return of Dionysus to Thebes. The exploration of vocal and instrumental techniques contributes to the theatricalization. “I wanted to start with the “beginning” of the voice: phonation, register, vibratory space and modes, vocal timbre, breathing, articulation. Médéric Collignon and I began a phase of vocal and experimental investigation.” Today, the scene from the Bacchantes is preceded by two creations with instrumentation—harp and timbales—that looks, by analogy, towards ancient Greece.
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Médéric Collignon voice
Hélène Breschand harp
Ars Nova ensemble instrumental
Isabelle Cornélis, Elisa Humanes timbales
Lighting Design Arnaud Yung
Director Georgia Spiropoulos
IRCAM Computer Music Design José Miguel Fernandez, Thomas Goepfer
GEORGIA SPIROPOULOS Membranes, commissioned by Ars Nova ensemble instrumental Premiere
Roll… n’Roll…n’Roll, commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou et Radio France Premiere of the final version
Les Bacchantes, Opera Brut, based on Euripides
THURSDAY, JUNE 11th
9.30am - 1.30pm: IRCAM
General presentation of the French contemporary music field: how public institutions and artists networks are working together, to support the creation of new pieces and their circulation, in France and abroad.
Panel 1 : Supporting creation and composers – Moderator: Arnaud Merlin
Panel 2 : A high-level teaching system with centers of excellence, creating links between research and composition – Moderator: Arnaud Merlin
Panel 3 : The French contemporary music abroad: networks and cooperation – Moderator: Antoine Pecqueur
5pm - 6.30pm: Paris Philharmony 1
Tour with Laurent Bayle, General Manager
6.30pm - 7.30pm: Paris Philharmony 2, Cité de la Musique
Meeting with Ensemble Intercontemporain
8.30pm: Ensemble Intercontemporain / Matthias Pintscher, Conductor - Répons by Pierre Boulez
Philharmonie de Paris
Répons, a crucial work in the spatialized music repertoire, resonates for the first time at the Philharmonie de Paris. A chamber ensemble is in the middle of the room, six soloists are placed along the periphery of the room around the audience, and six groups of loudspeakers project the electronics in real-time. The spiraling musical form and the concert hall’s architecture are mutually engaging, as is the unforgettable entrance of the six “electrified” soloists, or their suspended ending. The very antithesis of this dialogue, Mouvement, a masterpiece by Helmut Lachenmann, mingles inexorably with the paralysis of Michael Jarrell’s work for percussion from the Assonances series, a sketchbook, always open.
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Victor Hanna percussion
Mihai Trestian cymbalum
Samuel Favre vibraphone
Gilles Durot xylophone
Hideki Nagano, Sébastien Vichard pianos
Frédérique Cambreling harp
Conductor Matthias Pintscher
IRCAM Computer Music Design Andrew Gerzso, Gilbert Nouno
MICHAEL JARRELL Assonance VII
HELMUT LACHENMANN Mouvement (-vor der Erstarrung)
PIERRE BOULEZ Répons
FRIDAY, JUNE 12th
9.30am - 12.30am: IRCAM
Introduction to the technological tools developed by IRCAM
Presentation of several artistic projects produced by IRCAM
12.45am - 2pm: Le Carreau du Temple
Cocktail organized by Sacem
2pm - 6pm: Le Carreau du Temple
Emerging artists’ showcases, in partnership with Sacem & Futurs Composés
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Décor Sonore : Urbaphonix
Without a word, out of nowhere, a moving five-people crew enters the street' soundscape. These explorers play, live and on-site, with the sounds, objects and people they encounter on their way. Sorts of “Street-Jockeys” without turntables or synthesizers, the musicians of Urbaphonix listen to their sonic surroundings and compose using only what is already all around us but what no one listens to.
Ensemble Hope : XXIst Century Sacred Music
G. Dazzi, P. Zavaro, T. Machuel, A. Labarsouque
Music for a feminine vocal quartet (two Sopranos, two Altos) and two Cristals Baschet. Four Works composed by four composers on sacred texts of their own choice.
Erwan Keravec : Nu Piping
O. Bianchi, O. Strasnoy, J-M. López López
Contemporary music for the bagpipe. Hailing from traditional bagads (Breton bands) and now an associate artist with the Théâtre de Cornouaille, the bagpiper Erwan Keravec is an insightful pioneer who has been pursuing the unexplored field of contemporary music. His tremendous Nu piping project already comprises ten original compositions.
Trio 3D : In Bilico
Benjamin de la Fuente
In Bilico - meaning to be balanced precariously - is built around the idea of fusion between the timbres of the 3 musicians of the Trio 3D (onde, soprano voice & guitar), revealing new musical colours through delicacy, not to say frailty.
Diotima Quartet / Pascal Contet
They will perfom new pieces commissioned Franck Bedrossian. The programme will be a mix between string quartet, solo accordion and quintet (string quartet with accordion).
Ensemble De Caelis : La Part du Diable
Premiered in Septembre 2014 during Festival d'Ile de France, "La Part du Diable" is a programme performed by Ensemble De Caelis, related to the theme Taboo and Forbidden... It includes music from XIIth and XIIIth century, and a contemporary piece from Jonathan Bell called "De Joye interdict" , built on top of middle age text form François Villon, for five voices a cappella.
Amel Brahim-Djelloul / Mezwej Ensemble : Traverser
Zad Moultaka (Onoma)
The composer Zad Moultaka is in search of the musicality and strengths in Syrian poet Adonis' language. A path which creates links between the musicians on stage and electronics.
Les Cris de Paris : L’Homme Armé
Francesco Filidei, Josquin Desprez
Twelve singers perform La Missa super l'homme armé by Francesco Filidei, dressed with military material. They turn their weapons into musical instruments and confront that visual and musical violence to the hypnotism of Josquin Desprez' Missa l’homme armé sexti toni.
Etienne Bultingaire, Laure Saint-Hillier
“Terra Incognita” is based on the convergence of Etienne Bultingaire (musician) and Laure Saint-Hillier's (visual artist) ways of creating. From scratch, they imagine together their way according to the moment, the place or the atmosphere, then they jump cheerfully into the unknown.
L’Itinéraire : Spectral Streams
Ensemble L'Itinéraire initiates a Franco-American concert project around a new piece by young American composer Christopher Trapani and Partiels by Gérard Grisey, led by Canadian conductor Jean-Michaël Lavoie.
Serge Teyssot-Gay, Charlotte Testu, Carol Robinson : The Weather Pieces
This cycle uses meteorological models as inspiration for new musical forms. Rather than attempting for instance, to recreate a storm, the pieces establish an overall evolution, using electronics to integrate layers of aleatory elements with a live solo line. Tailor-made for singular performers, these works create completely fluid, expressive, and surprizing structures.
Franck Vigroux, Antoine Schmitt
Tempest associates the music of Franck Vigroux with the visuals of Antoine Schmitt, to create a real system-universes of pure chaos, that can be seen in the movements of millions of particles and can be heard through the roaring of air. By manipulating the internal forces of this chaos, the performers give birth to audio and visual shapes that develop in time, more or less obviously, with more or less stability.
François Raullin Trio : “You Stay I Leave”
F. Corneloup, R. Lopez, F. Raullin (La Forge) - A. Alvaro
François Raulin Trio is inspired by "Ishi" , the last Indian from Yana clan, as a symbolic figure of the whole Native American genocide. They composed a musical suite for three musicians and a comedian, where writing is based on a wide variety of improvised game modes.
8pm: Ensemble Le Balcon / Maxime Pascal, Conductor - La Métamorphose by Michaël Levinas
Athénée Théâtre Louis Jouvet
“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” The famous fist lines from Kafka’s Metamorphosis inspired an entire opera imagined by Michaël Levinas, taken over today by the ensemble Le Balcon and the visual artist Nieto. How does one realize the worrying man-animal metamorphosis on stage, hybridization of vocal, instrumental, and electronics? Attracted by the “extreme triviality that gives this novel its terrifying character, an unimaginable terror”, Michaël Levinas chose a countertenor for Gregor’s childish complait, a voice strengthened and almost delayed by the electronics. An art of transition and thresholds, paradoxical polyphonies, La Métamorphose is a constantly altered state: music that “doesn’t stop falling”.
Opéra by Michaël Levinas based on the text by Franz Kafka
Premiere of the new version
Musical Director Maxime Pascal
Adapted book Emmanuel Mones, Michaël Levinas, Benoît Meudic
Director, Video Nieto
Sound Projection Florent Derex
Assistant producer Violeta Zamudio
Costumes Pascale Lavandier
Special Effects Franck Limon-Duparcmeur
Lights Arthur Cemin
IRCAM Computer Music Design Benoit Meudic
Production Music Design Augustin Muller
Gregor, countertenor Rodrigo Ferreira
La Sœur de Gregor, soprano Elise Chauvin
Le Père, baritone Vincent Vantyghem
La Mère, contralto Camille Merckx
Fondé de pouvoir et locataire, baritone Sydney Fierro
Locataire, bass bartitone Florent Baffi
Locataire, baritone, bass baritone Virgile Ancely
La femme de peine, mezzo-soprano Anne Emmanuelle Davy
10pm: Athénée Théâtre Louis Jouvet
Meeting with Ensemble Le Balcon, Maxime Pascal and Michaël Levinas
SATURDAY, JUNE 13th
9.30am - 1pm: Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP)
Auditions of Musicians from the Paris Conservatoire
With Bruno Mantovani, General Manager
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1. Rémi Durupt, percussion
Fritz Hauser, Die Klippe
2. Uzumé Quartet (Haruka Inoue, Hiroé Yasui, Mai Toyama and Makoto Hondo, saxophones)
Dai Fujikura Reach Out, for saxophone quartet
3. Vincent Lhermet, accordion
Mikel Urquiza, Esquisses d'échecs : ouverture française
Philippe Hersant, Tarentelle
4. Olivier Stankiewiecz, oboe and Alvise Sinivia, piano
Benjamin Attahir, De l'ineffable
5. Matteo Cesari, flute
Salvatore Sciarrino. Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi?
6. Eloise Labaume, harp
Aurelio Edler-Copes, Seul(e) for harp and voice
7. Eun Joo Lee, violin and Matthieu Acar, piano
Bruno Mantovani, All' ungarese for violin and piano
8. Raquel Camarinha, soprano, and Yoan Héreau, piano
Kaija Saariaho Quatre instants for soprano and piano,
2nd mouvement: Douleur
9. Rémy Reber, guitar
J. Malaussena, (EP)Scrap
Heinz Werner Henze, Drei Tentos, first two movements excerpted from Kammermusik 1958
10. Denisov Duo (Marie Ythier, cello, and Carl-Emmanuel Fisbach, saxophone)
Pedro García-Velasquez, Remos (excerpt)
11. Adriana Ferreira, flute
Fuminori Tanada, F for solo flute
12. Antoine Ouvrard, piano
Elliott Carter, Les Diversions, diptyque for unaccompanied piano
13. Malika Yessetova, violin
Matthias Pintscher, Ommagio a Paisiello (2nd movement)
14. Rafal Zolkos, flute, and Justine Leroux, piano
Pierre Boulez, Sonatine for flute and piano
3.30pm - 5.30pm: L’Agora (Nanterre)
Special session dedicated to the National Centers for New Music
© Vincent Hindson
The state label “National centre of musical creation” was founded in 1996. It confirmed the existence and durability of workplaces for composers, new works productions, research and raising public awareness to contemporary music.
In 2014, six organisations are granted the label National centre of musical creation.
The National centre of musical creation’s main task is to enable new music works’ realisation. They welcome composers, performers and artists of all kinds in a high quality environment and provide them with all technical need and assistance their projects require.
National centres of musical creation are also engaged in basic and applied research with an aim at knowledge development, experimentation, development and adaptation of new tools and process of musical creation.
In order to support the dissemination of creative works, the national centres organise or co-organise public events throughout a cultural season: concerts, cross-disciplinary performances and sound installations. It also can be done within a festival. The pursuit of partnerships, in order to set up tours, in the form of co-productions and by selling concerts and performances to concert-halls and theatres on a regional, national and international scale, also promotes the circulation of works.
National centres also have to raise awareness, teach and deliver educational support, working together with specialised music schools and government schools. Besides, they dedicate themselves to preserve and enhance works produced in their studios.
Supplied with all the fitted equipment for music-making and research, with recording and mixing studios, and even with a rehearsal space for some, National centres of musical creation play a leading role on the national level regarding commissions and residencies.
6pm - 7.30pm: L'Agora (Nanterre)
Meeting with Dominique Laulanné (General Manager), Thierry Balasse and Laurent Cuniot (artists in residency)
8.30pm: Ensemble TM+ / Marc Desmons, Conductor
Maison de la Musique de Nanterre
“Exformation” is everything that we don’t really say but think when we are silent: a gestural exchange. Creator of Gestrument for nomadic applications, Jesper Nordin imagined the control of the electronics decentralized, given to each of the ensemble’s soloists, while continuing to analyze the predominate role of the conductor whose every gesture is significant. Laurent Cuniot’s relationship with technology is one of confrontation of writing (instrumental and electroacoustic), the declination of the connection between the soloist musician with the electronics and the instrumental ensemble: from synergy to head-on opposition. A prelude, four movements, and a postlude strung together.
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Geneviève Strosser viola
Conductor Marc Desmons
IRCAM Computer Music Design Serge Lemouton, Manuel Poletti
IVAN FEDELE Immagini da Escher
LAURENT CUNIOT Reverse Flows, commissioned by the French government Premiere
JESPER NORDIN Sculpting the air, commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Grame, centre national de création musicale, as a part of the ANR INEDIT project with the support of Statens Musikwerk – Music development and heritage Sweden Premiere
SUNDAY, JUNE 14th
9.30am - 1pm: Le Carreau du Temple (Studio de Flore)
Meeting with French programmers, in partnership with Onda
The foreign programmers invited to the Focus will have the opportunity to meet French programmers dedicated to the contemporary repertoire. This meeting, co-organised by Institut Français and ONDA, aims to foster the circulation of innovative projects and international coproductions.
The Onda - Office national de diffusion artistique (French office for contemporary performing arts circulation), is a non-profit organisation established in 1975. This association, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, promotes the dissemination within France of performing arts works that are consistent with a process of contemporary artistic creation concerned with the renewal of forms, and stimulates exchanges in the field of live performance in Europe and internationally.
Its scope of intervention covers all disciplines, whether stemming from theatre, dance, music, circus, puppetry, public space, whether these works are created in France or abroad, and whether they are aimed at adults or children.
Onda's activities are focused on four main areas: expertise and advice, meetings, financial support, and European and international artists
11am - 1pm: Le Carreau du Temple (Le Jules)
Speed-meetings with French artists
1pm - 3pm: Le Carreau du Temple (Le Jules)
3pm - 5pm: Le Carreau du Temple (Le Jules)
Speed-meetings with French artists
5.30pm: Le Carreau du Temple (Auditorium)
Meeting with Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ)
6pm: Orchestre National de Jazz / Olivier Benoit
Le Carreau du Temple - Auditorium
A sort of nomadic “work in progress” that has been a common thread throughout his mandate as the head of the ONJ (2014-2017), Olivier Benoit offers his program EUROPA, a series of “city portraits”, a subjective look at the kaleidoscope that is the contemporary European musical landscape. After Paris and Berlin, the ONJ presents the third stop along its ambitious voyage. Dedicated to Rome, this new chapter explores the territories of contemporary music. Olivier Benoit called upon two composers for this project, a Frenchman—Benjamin de la Fuente—and an Italian—Andrea Agostini. Two composers from the same generation, both lovers of Rome, that reflect a leaning in contemporary music, a part of a current artistic trend that uses unconventional approaches: improvisation, use of diverse musical materials, collaborative approaches for certain projects, a fixed look at performance.
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Andrea Agostini & Benjamin de la Fuente compositions
Olivier Benoit Artistic Director, guitar
Jean Dousteyssier clarinets
Alexandra Grimal tenor and soprano saxophones
Hugues Mayot alto saxophone
Fidel Fourneyron trombone
Fabrice Martinez trumpet
Théo Ceccaldi violin
Sophie Agnel piano
Paul Brousseau keyboards
Sylvain Daniel electric bass
Éric Echampard drums
8.30pm: Rendez-Vous Contemporains
Les Rendez-Vous Contemporains are a series of concerts and screenings dedicated to contemporary creation. Founded in 2010 by Frédéric Blondy and Marguerite Lantz, and settled into the prestigious Eglise Saint-Merry, the Rendez-Vous Contemporains is a platform where french and foreign internationally renowned musicians meet, surrounded by contemporary classical music, improvised music, experimental music, electronic music and electro-acoustic music. Beyond its strong attachment to transversality, one of the main goals of Rendez-Vous Contemporains is to withdraw some sound practices from the underground network they are trapped in, and to offer them an opportunity, a stage up to their significance in contemporary art field.
ONCEIM orchestra (Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisation Musicales)
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