The music by Quebec composer Claude Vivier (1948-1983) lives in an enigmatic universe between real and imaginary. It is a world where human language is more often invented than real and where human beings are seduced by the quest for the other and haunted by the fear of death that dominates everything in Vivier’s music. On the menu, some of his major works including “Kopernikus”, a “mystic enchantment” inspired by Balinese rituals of death.
“Music has no future without the essential contribution of other cultures. Human spirit is not cosmic if it is not implemented by its entire cultural heritage” said Claude Vivier. In his work, as well as in Clara Iannotta’s, every instant conveys something hybrid and it is deeply impregnated by the discovery of the Other. “Pulau Deawata” is a tribute to the people from the “Island of Gods” and to its Eden where Vivier says he learned tenderness, poetry, respect for life and the connection between music and a cosmic heart. “Bouchara” and “Shiraz” belong to those works about some opulent cities from the past. The first one, set in Uzbekistan, gives rise to a melancholic love chant. The second one, in Iran, “a roughly cut diamond”, is one of his most renowned pieces. This concert will also present the French premiere of “Paw-marks in wet cement” by Clara Iannotta.
soprano Marion Tassou piano Wilhelm Latchoumia Ensemble l'Instant donné direction Aurélien Lazan-Zielinski
CLARA IANNOTTA Paw-marks in wet cement (ii) for piano, 2 percussions and amplified ensemble CLAUDE VIVIER Pulau Dewata for ensemble ; Shiraz for piano ; Bouchara for soprano and ensemble