AKI TAKASE/LOUIS SCLAVIS/VINCENT COURTOIS
With its truly 20th century chamber music, this original trio shatters the boundaries between contemporary writing and improvisation. The flawless lyricism of these great soloists combined with their rhythmic risk-taking creates a unique universe. A universe that blends the trio´s roots, their individual stories that tell of the richness of 20th century music, and their collective story built on their countless musical forays off the beaten track. Is imaginary folklore the impressionist music of today? This trio's music laughs in the face of genres to gleefully cross borders both literally and figuratively.
Aki Takase piano
Louis Sclavis clarinet
Vincent Courtois cello
These imaginary healing rituals respond to silence, to trance and to beauty: the three core needs of a suffering body. Silence is for calm, appeasement and contemplation. Trance is for forgetting the pain and the anguish. Then there is beauty, which the spirit needs as its nourishment in order to regain hope and the will to live in the face of the suffering body’s unsightliness.
This quartet approximates a "chamber music" that embodies the modernity of these rituals. Yet it also forms part of the continuity of the healing rituals in the ancestral, often animist traditions that inspired Naissam Jalil to compose these pieces.
FRANCE + SYRIA + BRAZIL
Naïssam Jalal flute, nay, voice, composition
Clément Petit cello
Claude Tchamitchian double basse
Zaza Desiderio drums
Daniel Erdmann 6et
THÉRAPIE DE COUPLE
Daniel Erdmann's "Thérapie de couple" examines the Franco-German relationship, the driving force behind Europe which is eternally in crisis. The German saxophonist splits his career between France and Germany, with the two at times revealing cultural differences and misunderstandings which they, on occasion, engender. Daniel Erdmann selected his musicians according to how he imagined the sound: an orchestral sound, a combination of strings and reeds playing in low and medium registers, accompanied by a stable, velvety rhythmic base. This orchestration makes it possible to work in layers – harmonically, melodically, or in counterpoint – all at once. If the saxophonist’s initial idea was to compose a piece for each instrument, then the musicians that he picked have eventually produced a much more intertwined style of writing. The result is an overlay that leaves room for suspended time, for images that fade away by themselves once they have been revealed.
Daniel Erdmann tenor saxophone, compositions
Hélène Duret clarinets
Théo Ceccaldi violin
Vincent Courtois cello
Robert Lucaciu double basse
Eva Klesse drums