From September 27th till October 1st 2017, the Institut français will organise the first Focus dedicated to Early Music. Thirty foreign professionals (festivals and concert halls artistic directors, promoters, etc.) from all around the world will be invited in Versailles, Lyon and Ambronay, to experience the fertility and diversity of the French Early music sector.
Initiated by the Institut français, in association with their partners – Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Festival d’Ambronay, European Early Music Network, Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, FEVIS network, Bureau Export – the Focus aims to promote not only the French early music repertoire, but also the historically informed interpretation of this repertoire on period instruments.
A new generation of French artists and ensembles is currently stepping forward in concert halls. They spent their childhood listening to pioneers like William Christie, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Nikolaus Harnoncourt or René Jacobs… They studied in Early Music Departments in France, Germany or the Netherlands. They have their own vision of the early music repertoire, historically informed but with a modern taste, based on a better scientific knowledge, but also inspired by new forms produced on the international stage.
The Early Music Focus will showcase this new generation of emerging artists, to help them develop their career to an international level. The artistic journey will include concerts, auditions, but also meetings between French artists and international professionals: panels, speed-meetings, … Meetings will also be organised with French programmers, in order to develop new opportunities, and foster new partnerships.
The invitation of music professionals from various countries will be supported by the French cultural network abroad (French Embassies, Instituts français, Alliances françaises).
Wednesday, September 27th
5pm Check-in at Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
7pm Opening night of the Early Music Focus
In partnership with the Palace of Versailles
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Thursday, September 28th
9.30am – 12.30pm Centre de musique baroque de Versailles: activities and projects
8pm Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse: Concert Ensemble Céladon, Paulin Bündgen, cond.
No time in eternity: The beauty of the Elizabethan Consort Songs associated with Michael Nyman’s contemporary music and Paulin Bündgen's magnificent counter-tenor voice. For the occasion, the Celadon Ensemble, the Ambronay Festival and the Grame-cncm commissioned a work by the famous English composer Michael Nyman, reknowned for his film music (La Leçon de Piano, Prospero's Books...). Come experience a unique performance at the Croix-Rousse Theater, sublimated by the presence of Félicie d'Estienne d'Orves’ luminous sculpture.
Taking its name from the hero of Honoré d’Urfé’s Astrée, the Céladon ensemble explores the early music repertoire with charm and fantasy, striving to reinvent the form of its concerts at each appearance. Led by countertenor Paulin Bündgen, Céladon seeks to avoid the beaten tracks and enjoys surveying the repertoire linked with the countertenor timbre, between mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music. The ensemble is a regular guest of festivals and concert seasons, recognised for the quality of its interpretations and profoundly human relations with the audience. Their seventh recording, No time in eternity, dedicated to Michael Nyman, will be released in September 2017 (Aeon).
Friday, September 29th
10am Welcoming word and visit
by Aline Sam-Giao, General Manager of the Auditorium de Lyon
11am – 1pm Speed-meetings with French early music ensembles (session 1)
in collaboration with FEVIS and Bureau Export
10.30am – 1pm Meeting with French presenters
in collaboration with the European Early Music Network
1pm Cocktail, organized by the City of Lyon
2.30pm – 4.30pm Speed-meetings with French early music ensembles (session 2)
in collaboration with FEVIS and Bureau Export
8pm Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon : Audition of the Early Music Class
Saturday, September 30th
9.30am Bus transfer to Ambronay
11am Welcoming word and visit of the Ambronay Abbey Cultural Encounter Center (CEC) by Daniel Bizeray, General Manager
2pm – 3.30pm Salle Rameau: Artistic exchanges for professionals from North and South America
3.30pm Abbey church : Concert by Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas and Lambert Colson
Bach and friends : As an appetizer, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas (organ) and Lambert Colson (cornetto) will present some echoes of the Bach and friends record, released this year by Ambronay éditions.
Born in 1989, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas studied organ, harpsichord, chamber music and direction at the National Conservatories of Lyon and Paris. In 2013, he was awarded the first prize at the prestigious "Xavier Darasse" competition in Toulouse. Since 2010, he has co-created and directed the ensemble Les Surprises, which is dedicated to the vocal and instrumental repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. He has worked with directors such as Hervé Niquet, Arie Van Beek and Roberto Forés Veses. In 2013 he directed the world re-creation of the opera Le Ballet de la Paix by Rebel and Francoeur. For his research work on these two composers, he was awarded the “Déclics jeunes" scholarship of the Fondation de France. Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas is in residency at the Royaumont Foundation as an organist on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Abbey.
Lambert Colson trained with Françoise Defours, Pedro Memelsdorff, Bart Coen, Marleen Leicher, Bruce Dickey and Gebhard David; especially at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, the ESMUC in Barcelona, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the HFK in Bremen. His collaborations include prestigious ensembles and conductors such as Christophe Rousset, Le Parlement de musique (Martin Gester), Scherzi Musicali (Nicolas Achten), Les Paladins (Jérôme Correas), L'Echelle. He also is the director of the ensemble Qualia. As a researcher musician, he is invited to collaborate with magazines such as La pensée de Midi, published by Actes Sud, or to teach at the Royaumont Foundation as an assistant to composer Zad Moultaka, or around Lutheran music in the Holy Roman Empire.
5pm Abbey church: Concert Ensemble Les Surprises / L.N. Bestion de Camboulas, cond.
The legacy of Rameau : In the spirit of the evenings of the Concert Spirituel, Les Surprises and the organist Yves Rechsteiner swirl the organ and string orchestra concertos through arrangements of the finest operatic arias by Jean-Philippe Rameau, including the famous Indes Galantes.
Founded in 2010 by Juliette Guignard and Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, Les Surprises borrows its name from the opera-ballet Les Surprises de l'Amour by Rameau. By taking the artistic direction, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas wishes to take part in the rediscovery of the baroque repertoire, to enrich it with new interpretations and to explore the diversity of orchestration sound made possible by the baroque instrumentarium. In 2014, Les Surprises received the "Révélation musicale" award from the Professional Union of Music, Dance and Theatre Critics, a prize awarded to a baroque music ensemble for the first time in fifty years. The ensemble has already performed at the Royal Chapel of Versailles, the Opéra de Massy, the festival of Saint-Riquier, the Monteverdi festival in Cremona, etc
It was supported by the Ambronay Cultural Encounter Center (CEC) in the framework of the Young Ensembles residencies in 2012, and has been performing regularly in the Festival since then. For Ambronay Éditions, the ensemble published Rebel de père en fils in 2013 and Les Eléments in 2016. Both received high praise from the press (5 from Diapason, Diamond from Opera-Magazine...)
8.30pm Abbey church : Concert Ensemble Correspondances / S. Daucé, cond.
Spatialized polyphony: Charpentier was deeply influenced by Italian music during his youth. Sébastien Daucé and Correspondances explore the splendor of Italian polychorality (Beretta, Cavalli, Merula ...), which inspired the French composer his magnificent and rare Messe à quatre chœurs. Forty singers and instrumentalists defy time and space to immerse the audience in the heart of an intoxicating music.
Founded in Lyon in 2009, Correspondances brings together, under the baton of harpsichordist and organist Sébastien Daucé, a troupe of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to music from the Grand Siècle. Under the auspices of the Baudelairian correspondences, the ensemble became a reference in the repertoire of French music of the 17th century.
All its recordings show the fundamentals of the ensemble and the spirit of discovery that prevails: with Antoine Boësset (L'Archange et le Lys, 2011), Etienne Moulinié (Meslanges pour la Chapelle d’un Prince, 2015) , Henry du Mont (O Mysterium, 2016) or Michel-Richard de Lalande and his Leçons de Ténèbres with Sophie Karthäuser (2015). The release of the Concert royal de la Nuit (2015) offered the opportunity to rediscover a major musical moment of the 17th century which inaugurated the reign of the Roi Soleil. Correspondances is in residency at the Théâtre de Caen, where the ensemble presented in 2016 its first stage project, the Histoires Sacrées by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. It is associated with the MC2 Grenoble and the programming of the Opera and the Chapelle de Versailles and the Grands Concerts in Lyon.
Correspondences is an associate ensemble of the Ambronay Cultural Center and has been performing at the Festival since 2013.
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10.30pm Festival bar: Concert Canticum Novum / Emmanuel Bardon, cond.
Aratat: From discs to concerts, Canticum Novum takes us always further along the Orient roads, a high place of convergence of people and music. In the shadow of Ararat, the sacred mountain of Armenia, twelve musicians and singers recreated the dialogue between France and Armenia established in 1252 when Leon II de Lusignan accessed the Throne of Cyprus, Jerusalem and Armenia. On both sides of the Mediterranean sea, these luminous and aerial works tell us about peace and respect for others.
By rediscovering and interpreting old music repertoires, Canticum Novum forges links between Western European music and the repertoire of the Mediterranean basin, enriched by the union of the Christian world and an Orient influenced by a double Jewish and Moorish heredity. Canticum Novum is committed to positioning human adventure and interculturality at the center of its projects and constantly questioning identity, orality, transmission and memory, and rediscovering the repertoires of the Mediterranean but also Afghan, Turkish, Persians, Arabs, Sephardim, Armenians, Cypriots from the XIIIth to the XVIIth century. Created by Emmanuel Bardon in 1996, the ensemble, currently in residency at the former School of Fine Arts in Saint-Étienne, was hosted at the Opera-Théâtre de la Ville from 2008 to 2012.
Canticum Novum has recorded three albums for Ambronay Éditions: Paz, Salam & Shalom in 2011, Aashenayi in 2015 and Ararat in 2017.
Sunday, October 1st
9.30am Bus transfer to Ambronay
11am – 12.30pm Salle Cusin : Artistic exchanges for professionals from Europe
11am – 12pm Salle Monteverdi : Concert Goldfinch Ensemble
For its second year of residency within the eeemerging organization, The Goldfinch Ensemble has been sophisticatedly exploring French chamber music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Violin, flute and viola da gamba share the soloist parts of these elegant and sensitive works by Marin Marais or Georg Philip Telemann.
The Goldfinch Ensemble was founded in 2014 by the meeting of four young musicians from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. At the Conservatory, the musicians had the opportunity to work with Wieland Kuijken, Wilbert Hazelzet and Ryo Terakado. The Goldfinch Ensemble is particularly interested in trio sonatas and quartets of the Baroque period. They have already given concerts in the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Germany at festivals such as the MA fringe Festival in Bruges, the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht... In May 2015, The Goldfinch Ensemble won the second prize at the Val de Loire International Music Competition and in February 2016, the first prize at the Göttingen International Handel Festival
The Goldfinch Ensemble is part of eeemerging (Emerging European Ensembles) 2016, a project to accompany young early music ensembles, supported by the European Union Creative Europe program. The group benefits in 2017 from a second year of support
1.30pm – 3pm Salle Cusin : Artistic exchanges for professionals from Asia and Oceania
3pm Circus tent: Film concert Les Traversées baroques
Pat and Mat: Whether it's changing a light bulb, replacing the wallpaper or hanging a painting, Pat and Mat are DIY professionals. And in terms of disaster, who could match them? In close combat with the objects they engage in, these two stars of Czech animation vie with ingenuity and awkwardness like worthy ancestors of Wallace and Gromit. They are accompanied for this live cinema-concert by a trio of musicians putting together baroque instruments and accordion.
A vocal and instrumental ensemble devoted mainly to the restoration of ancient music, Les Traversées Baroques was founded in 2008. Originally, "baroque" means "irregular pearl", and it is those irregularities, curves, asperities and singular programs which Judith Pacquier (artistic director) and Etienne Meyer (musical director), founders of the ensemble, are interested in.
Surrounded by musicians from different backgrounds, they revive unknown repertoires from Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. In residency at the Opera de Dijon since 2013, Les Traversées Baroques have since developed new programs including works by Monteverdi, Fux, Schütz, Mielczewscki, Gabrieli, Palestrina and many more. Les Traversées Baroques also turn to the opera: in 2016, three performances of Monteverdi’s Orfeo were performed at the Dijon Auditorium.
5pm Abbey church: Concert Les Arts Florissants / Paul Agnew, cond.
Venezia, Monteverdi's madrigals: This concert is the third and final part of a triptych devoted to Monteverdi’s madrigals, which has gathered an increasingly numerous and enthusiastic audience over the years. Under the baton of Paul Agnew, nine instrumentalists and six singers from Les Arts Florissants breathe life and drama to large excerpts from the majestic VIIth and VIIIth books of madrigals. The Lamento della Ninfa, Hor che’l ciel e la terra and of course Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: a bouquet in the form of apotheosis...
A group of singers and instrumentalists devoted to baroque music, faithful to the interpretation on ancient instruments, Les Arts Florissants are in their specialty one of the most famous ensembles in Europe and the world.
Founded in 1979, and directed since then by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, they bear the name of a small opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Les Arts Florissants played a pioneering role in imposing in the French musical landscape a repertoire previously unknown and today widely interpreted and admired: not only the French Grand Siècle, but more generally European music of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.
Since Atys by Lully at the Opéra Comique in 1987, the operatic stage ensured them the greatest success: Rameau (Les Indes galantes, Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Boréades...), Lully and Charpentier (Médée, David et Jonathas ...), Handel (Acis and Galatea, Sémélé ...), Purcell (King Arthur, Dido and Aeneas ...), Mozart (Die Zauberflöte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and the operatic trilogy of Monteverdi. Les Arts Florissants present a yearly season of concerts and opera performances in France at the Philharmonie de Paris, where the ensemble is in residency, the Opéra-Comique, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Château de Versailles, as well as numerous festivals, including the Festival d'Ambronay, where they have performed regularly for more than 30 years.
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This Focus aims to promote French music scene to around 50 invited professionals (festival artistic directors, booking agents, label representatives, live music producers etc). Its goal is to foster professional exchanges and collaborations, and facilitate the international development of French artists. The Focus will introduce to foreign professionals a selection of concerts, conferences, workshops, speedmeeting sessions, through the MaMA programme.
►Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
19:00 to 21:00:
Members of organising staff will be at Ibis Paris Montmartre hotel lobby, for short brief about the event and locations. You can meet them anytime for information / assistance.
►Wednesday, October 16th09:00: Pick up at the hotel / departure to Gaité Lyrique
09:30 to 11:00: Welcome breakfast at Gaité Lyrique
Visit of the Gaité Lyrique
MaMA delegate pass will be handed over to you there.
Address: 3 bis rue Papin, 75003 Paris
11:00: Transfer to hotel
10:30 – 13:15: Speed meeting with French professionals @ Les 3 Baudets
> Additional information:
About Music Focus @ MaMA
About MaMA : festival, concerts, conferences, networking etc
As previously organized in the field of other performing arts (dance, theatre circus and street arts) and last year for the first time for music, l'Institut français and its partners, MaMA festival and Bureau Export, will organise the second Focus dedicated to popular music. This event will be held in the framework of MaMA's 5th edition in Paris from 15 to 17 October 2014. The invitation of music professionals from various countries is supported by French cultural network abroad (French Embassies, Instituts français, Alliances françaises).
Initiated by l'Institut français, this Focus aims to promote French music scene to around 60 invited professionals (festival artistic directors, booking agents, promoters, live music producers, label representatives, publishers etc). Its goal is to foster professional exchanges and collaborations to facilitate the international development of French artists.
This event will offer invited professionals the opportunity to take part in all the different activities organized through the MaMA programme: a selection of concerts, conferences, workshops and also speedmeeting sessions drawing upon the experience of the Bureau Export.
For music shows, priority will be given to emerging artists from various music styles promoted by MaMA. This Focus will provide opportunities to gather professionals from the same area in order to promote the organization of projects and regional tours.
As for the last edition, this project is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Ministry of Culture and Communication and SACEM, the French Copyright association of composers and music publishers. In 2013, this event enabled the promotion of the French music scene to 64 invited professionals from 32 countries. In total, more than 500 one-to-one meetings were organized, with more than 70 French companies participating.
Around 20 professionals from the French cultural network abroad will also be participating in MaMA this year.
Along with these events, for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France, a specific focus on the music industry in China will be presented. A delegation of Chinese professionals, invited with the support from French Embassy in China and KaiGuan Culture, will attend MaMA and take part in a conference entitled « Manman Lai / Easy does it / Doucement mais surement : how to do Business in China », dealing with actors and specificities of the market, and also in speedmeetings with French professionals. Chinese artists – AM444, White+ - will be presented within MaMA's music programme.
This Focus will also include a new edition of 'Equation musique', a programme promoting professionals and artists from South (Africa, Caribbean), implemented in partnership with l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Equation musique is back at MaMAfor the 3rd time this year, and will invite 13 professionals (producers, distributors, promoters) from Africa to meet with their French and international counterparts.
After Just A Band (Kenya), Faada Freddy (Senegal) and Jeremy Loops (South Africa) in 2013, Equation Musique will support in 2014 in MaMA’s music programme 2 South-produced artists, Nakhane Touré (South Africa) and Moona (Senegal).
Equation musique also presents a speedmeeting session « MEET AFRICA » on Wednesday 15 October from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Trois Baudets (site weblink below).
Speed meeting sessions (upon registration only) :
> Meet Africa: http://www.mama-event.com/en/convention/meet-africa
Wednesday15 October – 11:30am -1:30pm – Trois Baudets
> French look East: http://www.mama-event.com/en/convention/french-look-east
Wednesday15 October – 3pm-6pm – Trudain’s Café
> French meet America: http://www.mama-event.com/en/convention/french-meet-america
+ French meet international Labels & Publishers (Session exclusivement réservée aux labels, éditeurs et managers)
Thursday 16 October – 3pm-6pm – Trudain’s Café
> French meet Europe: http://www.mama-event.com/en/convention/french-meet-europe
Friday 17 October – 11:30am-2:30pm – Trudain’s Café
> Meet China: http://www.mama-event.com/en/convention/meet-china
Friday 17 October – 3:30pm -5:30pm – Trois Baudets
MaMa welcomes French and international professionals from music industry during 3 days for concerts, professional meetings in Pigalle and Montmartre areas in Paris.
MaMA gathers more than 3800 professionals : French and international professionals, independant and majors, live music producers and distributors, venues and festivals managers, non-trading partnership and professional organizations, managers and record producers, startups and digital content creators, local authorities and unions, broadcasters and medias, private sector and publicly subsidized institutions...
During the day, MaMA offers 40 conferences and debates, many networking activities : match-making, workshops, professional drinks, professional after parties...
From 6 p.m., the audience and professionals gather for more than a 100 concerts in 20 venues and flagship locations of the area (La Cigale, La Boule Noire, Le Divan du Monde, Les Trois Baudets, Le Bus Palladium, Le Centre Musical FGO-Barbara, Le Backstage by the mill at O'Sullivans…).
More information on MaMA / 2014 edition
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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