Mécanique de l’intuition

Ensemble music for 12 musicians, electronics and video
Clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, accordion, percussion, mandolin, guitar, harp, cymbalum, piano, cello and double bass.
In co-production with gmem-CNCM-marseille and IRCAM – Centre Georges Pompidou


Sébastien Boin : Musical Direction


ALVARADO Francisco (1984)
Je ne suis qu’une voix… | 12 musicians, robotics and electronics | 15'
World Creation | Co-ordination of gmem-CNCM-marseille and IRCAM


LORUSSO Giulia (1990)
Fabrica | 12 musicians and electronics | 10'
World Creation | Co-ordination of gmem-CNCM-marseille and IRCAM


Diva Machina | 12 musicians | 12'
Co-commissioned by Radio France and Ensemble C barré


VERUNELLI Francesca (1979)
Five Songs, Kafka’s Sirens (2016) | 10 musicians and electronics | 17'
Control of the gmem-CNCM-marseille


This concert event - co-produced with IRCAM - questions the influence of mechanics within music and the vast sound imaginary it develops.

These mysterious and fascinating machineries, with structures that are sometimes robust, sometimes tinkered with and precarious, obstinate or deranged, organic or psychic, are powerful metaphors: of desire, of childhood, of the social system, of the industrial economy or of the consumer society.

Declining an unusual instrumental effectivity, the program pushes back the limits of orchestration by exploiting in turn fixed electroacoustics, real time and artificial intelligence.


Ensemble music for bass and 9 musicians
2 saxophones, double bassoon, trumpet, percussion, accordion, guitar, harp and double bass


Sébastien Boin : music director


SCELSI Giancinto (1905-1988)
Yamaon (1954-1958) | for bass and 5 musicians | 12'


LEWENSOHN Gideon (1954)
Parabola Aquilence (2015) | for bass and 9 musicians | 17'
Commande de l'État français


ODEH-TAMIMI Samir (1970)
Marduk (2015) | for bass and 9 musicians | 12'
Co-commissioned by the Ensemble C Barré and the CIRM of Nice


MOULTAKA Zad (1967)
Anath (2015) | for bass and 9 musicians | 21'
Commissioned by the Ensemble C Barré


A plunge into the heart of ancient Mesopotamia where the prophet Yamaon, imagined by Giacinto Scelsi, "prophesies to the people the conquest and destruction of the city of Ur". Incarnated by a powerful bass voice, this colourful character is exalted by striking transes. He utters oracles in Ugaritic and other languages fantasized by three Israeli composers, Palestini in and Lebanese. This journey to meet the mythological deities Marduk and Anat metamorphoses C Barré into an ancient ensemble accompanying stories, rituals and incantations of a primitive and sacred nature.


Ensemble music for countertenor, clarinet, accordion and double bass

Co-production of the Ensemble C Barré and the gmem-CNCM-marseille

Sébastien Boin : musical direction

HOLLIGER Heinz (1939)
Beiseit (1991-1992) | for countertenor | 42'


Ce cycle de lieder composé d’après Beiseit (À Part) de Robert Walser, est traversé par l’indétermination, l’errance et le détachement rêveur du wanderer au regard des choses terrestres, forme de mouvement sans but, de chemin sans direction propice à toutes considérations existentielles dans ces paysages métaphoriquement enneigés. Un moment de vertige où coexistent le sublime et le banal. Véritable sommet en matière d’expression, de maîtrise du discours et de l’écriture, Beiseit est certainement l’une des œuvres les plus intenses, riches et exigeantes du répertoire de contre-ténor du XXe siècle.


Concert of the Ensembles C Barré and ICE
Coproduction gmem-CNCM-marseille, Ensemble C Barré, Fondation Camargo

With the support of Musicatreize


Sébastien Boin : musical direction

Monica Gil Giraldo : computer music director
Charles Bascou (gmem) : musical assistance


DAVIS Nathan (1979)
Inside Voice (2018) | 9 musicians and electronics | 10' | Premiere
Co-commission gmem-CNCM-marseille, ICE and Christ Church Preservation Trust


TRAPANI Christopher (1980)
Creux (2018) | 12 musicians and electronics | 10' | Premiere

Co-commission gmem-CNCM-marseille and Ensemble C Barré


BOULEZ Pierre (1925-2016)
Éclat (1965) | 15 musicians | 8'


VERUNELLI Francesca (1979)
Five Song's (Kafka's Sirens) (2016) | 10 musicians and electronics | 17'
Commission gmem-CNCM-marseille


Ensemble C Barré and the International Contemporary Ensemble of New York have joined forces to confront the young Franco-American creation for three years from today. "Drawing on the strengths of our two ensembles, we will plunge into the world of mixed music to explore some depths that are still unfounded and certainly unheard of. »

The gmem-CNCM-marseille, with which Ensemble C Barré is associated, is at the very heart of this meeting. It is here that Nathan Davis, Francesca Verunelli and Christopher Trapani worked directly with their musicians in the newly designed studios.

"Each of our collaborations with ICE will allow us to approach one of the great composers of our countries, including Pierre Boulez and his unpredictable Éclat pour 15 musicians, often described as a "concerto for conductor". The latter gives himself the freedom to suddenly reverse the sequences of the work, to suddenly change his tempo or to reinvent his dynamics as he wishes. "Sébastien Boin



For instrumental ensemble (12 musicians), Circuit bending and electronics
In collaboration with the Chaillol Festival and the gmem-CNCM-marseille
With the support of Sacem, Adami, Spedidam and FCM
Concert recorded by France Musique


Sébastien Boin : musical direction


MARKEAS Alexandros (1965)
Chaînes (2014) | 12 musicians and électronics | 18'
Co-commission of the Chaillol Festival and Ensemble C Barré


MARTI Jean-Christophe (1964)
Adzimbès, Mécanique Mosaïque (2014) | 12 musicians and circuit bending | 21'
Commission of the Ensemble C Barré


PATTAR Frédéric (1969)
Mind Breaths (2014) | 12 musicians | 17'
Commission of the gmem-CNCM-marseille


De Rerum Mechanica focuses on mechanics and the vast sound imagination it conveys. Supported by an unusual instrumental ensemble, enriched with electroacoustic vintage or sophisticated systems, this program attempts to push the limits of orchestration by exploring the field of chiptune*. These fascinating machineries, with their sometimes robust and monstrous structures, sometimes do-it-yourself structures and precarious balance, obstinate or out of control, gigantic or quantum, organic or psychic, sometimes reveal the functioning of a mechanism deeply linked to desire, eros, childhood, death, the societal system, industry or consumer society.

Driven by C Barré's already very singular staff, De Rerum Mechanica encourages composers to push their desire for musical research and experimentation even further. Taking advantage of the multiple instrumental practices of the ensemble's musicians, they express it notably by adding instruments rarely used in the orchestra such as the prepared upright piano, the mechanical grand piano, the Fender Rhodes, the electric guitar, the one-third tone zither, the bouzouki, the voice or even the percussion made of utensils of all kinds... In the same way, electronics also plays a major role in our program. This is not only a matter of an attractive aesthetic with refined contours, but also of the creation of more "vintage" sound objects, sometimes made of bric-a-brac and broc, which reveal another facet of the spirit of mechanics, DIY, tinkering... even going so far as to invest in the field of chiptune, the rather underground current of electro music.

* Hijacking of old computers, game consoles and electronic toys from which sounds are synthesized in real time via their audio chip.


Ensemble music for soprano, 11 musicians and electronics


Sébastien Boin : musical direction


URQUIZA Miquel (1988)
More Sweetly Forgot (2017) | soprano, saxophone, accordion and percussion | 12'


IBARRONDO Félix (1943)
Granital (2012) | 9 instruments | 9'

Commission of the gmem-CNCM-marseille


MOULTAKA Zad (1967)
Estompe (2013) | 10 instruments | 10'

Commission of the Ensemble C Barré

HADDAD Saed (1972)

On Vulgarity and Transcendence (2012) | 10 instruments | 7'

Commission of the Ensemble C Barré

VERUNELLI Francesca (1979)
Five Songs (Kafka's Sirens) (2016) | 10 musicians and electronics | 17'
Commission of the gmem-CNCM-marseille



Hendécaméron presents a selection of works with or without an electroacoustic system, specifically designed by composers from the Mediterranean basin (Spain, Italy, Greece, Lebanon and Jordan). As the project progresses, Hendécaméron will offer the programmer the opportunity to compose his own program by choosing from existing works.




Chamber opera to texts by Federico García Lorca for bass baritone and 5 musicians
2 percussionists, piano/keyboards, guitar and double bass

Pablo Volo : stage direction

Claudine Bertomeu : Scenography

Olivier Brun : lighting

Sébastien Boin : musical direction

CRUMB George (1929)
Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death (1968) | for bass baritone and 5 musicians | 29'

PATTAR Frédéric (1969)
Sangre (2016) | for bass baritone and 5 musicians | 35'

Commissioned by the French State

Demo Title

El Niño, this is the title that seemed to us to correspond best to the personality of Federico García Lorca on whom our brand new chamber opera is based. The music was conceived by George Crumb and Frédéric Pattar, composer in residence at Ensemble C Barré, for baritone bass and 5 musicians, each of whom plays the triple role of instrumentalist, singer and actor. The two works, written for the same instrumentarium, constitute a single 1-hour show that the musicians play by heart, composed after 8 of the author's most beautiful black poems. The singer plays in turn the feverish, macabre and passionate roles of narrator, characters directly from the poems or Lorca himself.

Director Pablo Volo transforms the thread of these poems into a fantastic adventure story with panache, violence and intensity, further amplifying the atemporality of poetry, the dreamlike and surrealist enchantment already coming from Lorca. The playwright weaves with the author's metaphors a journey from irony and grotesque to absolute tragedy; from the solitary lament of "La Guitare aux Colombes Obscures" taken to witness in their haunting evanescence; from the figure of the horse dragging his dead rider to the wrath of love of "the Child Wounded by Water" who wants to drink his own death.... death that some people see mysteriously announced in one of his latest poems "Omega - Poem for the Dead"... so many episodes through which we gradually reveal the portrait of Lorca himself.



Show for young audiences
Puppeteer, accordion, cello and double bass
Sponsored by the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières and Le Jardin Parallèle in Reims
In co-direction with the Espace Périphérique and the Théâtre aux Mains Nues in Paris


Simon Moers : puppeteer

Aurélie Hubeau : stage direction

Antonin Bouvret : scenography

Sébastien Boin : artistic direction


The first show for young audiences of Ensemble C Barré was created by Tierkreis, Karlheinz Stockhausen's most popular work, whose musical content is infinitely re-inventable. These twelve constellation-inspired melodies were originally composed for music boxes, and the composer later arranged them for multiple formations ranging from duos to symphony orchestras, while also leaving the performers free to choose the instrumental formation, provided the instruments chosen are able to play the written notes.

Each of these melodies, linked to the 12 signs of the zodiac, will be the basis of the research work we will carry out with the director and puppeteer Aurélie Hubeau, in co-production with her company Méandres. We travel through twelve boxes, arranged like small theatres, to discover miniature and symbolic worlds, from which emerge characters and fragments of wonderful stories that enter into dialogue, in direct resonance with Stockhausen's music.



Plucked string trio
Mandolin, guitar and harp

Vincent Beer-Demander : mandolin
Thomas Keck : guitar
Éva Debonne : harp

Sébastien Boin : artistic and musical direction

MURCIA (de) Santiago
Fandango (arrt. Thomas Keck) | plucked string trio | 6'
FALLA (de) Manuel (1876-1946)
Danza de la Molinera (arrt. Thomas Keck) | plucked string trio | 4'


Sonata in re minore (arrt. Vincent Beer-Demander) | mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum | 8’

Bik Bat (2016) | mandolin and guitar | 6'
3 Recercadas sobre Tenores (arrt. Thomas Keck) | plucked string trio | 6'
Fantasia X | harpe | 2'30
Elurretan (2017) | plucked string trio | 12'
Co-commissioned by Ensemble C Barré, the Chaillol Festival and the Festival Musique à la Ferme
6 Fandango (arrt. Thomas Keck) |plucked string trio | 6'

Here is a program with resolutely Iberian tones. Our trio of plucked mandolin, guitar and harp strings, the jewel of Ensemble C Barré, whose grain and character are so singularly in tune with Mediterranean music, vibrates here under the pen of Spanish composers from the 16th century to the present day.

Their works have in common the ardent imprint of traditional music and dances such as fandango, which marks our programme with its feverish rhythmic (S. de Murcia, L. Boccherini...), or flamenco, whose passion and impetuousness sparkle with petulance in composers like Manuel De Falla or Félix Ibarrondo.

Echoing the fantasy and inventiveness of the great masters of the 16th century, Diego Ortiz and Alonso Mudarra, Mikel Urquiza, a young Basque composer with a particularly lively and cheerful temperament, signs here his first work for C Barré and gives the start to a residence that will last several years.


For string quartet (guitar, harp, cymbalum and double bass) and electronics


Monica Gil Giraldo : computer music director

Rudy Romeur : sound engineer
Sébastien Boin : artistic direction



FALLA Manuel (de) (1876-1846)

Homenaje, Tombeau de Claude Debussy (1920) | guitar | 3'


MURAIL Tristan (1947)

Tellur (1977) | guitar | 10'


ALVARADO Francisco (1984)

trace - écart (2017) | string quartet and electronics | 13'

Co-commissioned by Ensemble C Barré and the Messiaen Festival in the Pays de la Meije


MURAIL Tristan (1947)

Vampyr! (1984) | electric guitar | 7'


MARESZ Yan (1966)

Sul Segno (2004) | string quartet and electronics | 20'


This program is named after Yan Maresz's work for quartet and electronics, which is now one of the most important works in today's repertoire. It is from this unique group that the Messiaen Festival and Ensemble C Barré have joined forces to commission a new work from the young Chilean/Spanish composer Francisco Alvarado, placing in a setting the two works for guitar by Tristan Murail, composer associated with the 2017 edition of the festival.

© D.R.


Soprano and plucked string quartet
Mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum


Amel Brahim Djelloul : soprano
Sébastien Boin : artistic direction




3 Recercadas sobre Tenores (arrt. Thomas Keck) | mandolin, guitar and harp | 6’



Chansons Populaires Espagnoles (arrt. Thomas Keck) | soprano, mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum | 12’


OHANA Maurice (1913-1992)

8 Chansons Populaires Espagnoles (arrt. Thomas Keck) | soprano, mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum | 13’



Sonate in re minore (arrt. Vincent Beer-Demander) | mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum | 8’


STRAVINSKY Igor (1882-1971)

Valse ; Balalaïka ; Napolitana ; Andante ; Española ; Polka ; Galop (arrt. Vincent Beer-Demander) | mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum | 8’


MAESTRACCI Aurélien (1985)

Sur Les Cendres... (2017) | soprano, mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum | 9’


FALLA (de) Manuel (1876-1946)

7 canciones Populares Españolas (arrt. Thomas Keck) | soprano, mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum | 13’



Canciones celebrates the union of popular culture and scholarly music with Spanish composers who have particularly marked their time. With this common thread we weave a journey through the centuries from Diego Ortiz's Recercadas and Domenico Scarlatti's sonatas to the popular songs of Federico García Lorca, Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ohana.

We accompany Amel Brahim Djelloul with a most atypical quartet, composed of plucked and struck stringed instruments whose mandolin, guitar, harp and cymbalum underline the resolutely Iberian ardour of our programme.


Accordion trio, cello, double bass


Elodie Soulard : accordion
Marine Rodallec : cello
Charlotte Testu : double bass
Sébastien Boin : artistic direction



ORTIZ Diego / BOIVIN Philippe (1954)

3 Recercadas (2014) | cello, double bass and accordion

Commission of the Ensemble C Barré


IBARRONDO Félix (1943)

Breverias (2013) | double bass | Premiere in 2014



Suite | cello



Kicho | double bass and accordion


BERIO Luciano (1925-2003)

Sequenza XIII (Chanson) (1995) | accordion



Sonate n°2 en ré mineur | cello and double bass


MARKEAS Alexandros (1965)

Animaux-Machines (2014) | accordion, cello and double bass

Co-commission of the Chaillol Festival and Ensemble C Barré



Kicho is the name of a tango composed by the famous Astor Piazzolla for his friend Kicho Díaz, an Argentine double bass player who played regularly with him. This piece is compared here with the works of Spanish and Italian composers from the 16th century to the present day, whose writing deliciously allows the popular musical environment of their time to sweat.

Carried by the accordion, cello and double bass trio of Ensemble C Barré, this program was enriched in 2014 with two new works created in 2014 at the Chaillol Festival. Among them is the trio Animaux-Machines by Alexandros Markeas, Greek pianist and composer, a kind of Chains foretaste, created in July 2014 on the theme of mechanics with the 12 musicians of the Ensemble C Barré.



Oratorio in three acts

School/college orchestra at Saint Just Centre 1 Elementary School and Alexandre Dumas College, Marseille



Catherine Peillon : libretto

Philippe Boivin : music

Aurélie Hubeau : stage direction

Sébastien Boin : artistic and musical direction


Ensemble C Barré | bass baritone, mandolin, percussion and cello

Orchestre à l'École C Barré | mandolins, cellos and percussion

Amateur Orchestra | Symphony Orchestra of Aix-Marseille University (for the premiere)

Children's choirs | 16 classes from the Conservatoire Aix-en-Provence, primary and secondary schools in Marseille


Supported by the Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône, the City of Marseille, and the Orchestre à l'École association, Ensemble C Barré is partnering with Saint Just Centre 1 primary school and Alexandre Dumas secondary school (14th district), Marseille schools classified REP+, to found an orchestra in 2015-2016 that it will train during an initial three-year cycle (CM1, CM2 and 6ème).

Since the beginning of the 2016 school year, C Barré has engaged the orchestra at school/college in a project of musical creation of high artistic standards, the realization of which has been spread over a period of two years. It brings together several groups of professional, school and amateur musicians around a 45'/1h oratorio by composer Philippe Boivin, based on a booklet entitled Météoriques, rich in several levels of reading, specifically commissioned from the author Catherine Peillon. Aurélie Hubeau, an artist specialized in puppetry and shadow work, is in charge of directing it.

The story takes place a long time ago. Following an old dispute between the gods, the country fell prey to drought and famine was waiting for mortals. We invoke, pray, procession, question dreams, diviners and pythmies... Nothing works. Until the king decided to resort to "cosmic sympathy" in a huge collective rite of imitation of the storm and thunder and thus dared to defy the divinities.

In three acts, Meteoric is a joyful and cruel fable. It is in the time of the myth, but the resonances with our ecological news are bouncing back and splashing our certainties.


Walking opera for high school students, teachers and instrumentalists

Artistic and educational project related to the musical show El Niño

Thomas Keck : music

Pablo Volo : coordination

Sébastien Boin : artistic and musical direction


Ensemble C Barré proposes, in connection with the programming of its musical show El Niño, to create a walking opera with a specific community in a school, college, high school, conservatory, or with any establishment likely to experience an immersion in the universe of García Lorca: a hospital, a centre for asylum seekers, a reception centre...

The idea is to create a kind of Barraca (small theatre in the theatre) as Lorca had created it with her own troupe to tour the Catalan countryside. The project aims to introduce the process of creating an artistic project and focuses on both musical creation and theatricality (especially of the body). In parallel with the rehearsals of the artists in situ, the participants will gradually enter Garcia Lorca's universe through the creation of their own show "La Barraca".


A musical dialogue between France and Venezuela

Project led by Ensemble C Barré and the Sinayu Association

Sébastien Boin : musical direction

Ensemble C Barré (France)

Ensemble Avila Quartet (France et Venezuela)

Orchestre Pedro León Torres de Carora - El Sistema (Venezuela)

Orchestre Symphonique d'Aix-Marseille Université (France)


Contrapunteo is a project of creation and musical, pedagogical and cultural exchange around the notion of improvisation and dialogue. It runs from 2016 to 2019 and the main actors will be: Ensemble C Barré (France), Ensemble Avila Quartet (France and Venezuela), Orchestre Pedro León Torres de Carora - El Sistema (Venezuela) and Orchestre Symphonique d'Aix-Marseille Université (France). The purpose of this project is to enrich the culture of both countries and enhance their influence. In addition, it is part of a pedagogical approach by having professional and amateur groups work together.

The name "Contrapunteo" refers to a very popular musical genre in Venezuela where two singers compete in a verbal contest by improvising octosyllabic verses. Contrapunteo aims to create a musical and cultural dialogue, both through physical encounters (with concerts, master classes, musical workshops...) and through an ad-hoc web platform that will be made available to institutions and musical ensembles in both countries.

In October 2017, the exchange opened with the creation in Venezuela of the work of François Rossé, a French composer, "Longé sur le divin". This work was composed in 2016 for a joint creation by Ensemble C Barré and the Avila Quartet. In 2018-2019, the French premiere of the work "El Reto" by the Franco-Venezuelan composer Paul Desenne and the work "Longé sur le divin" will take place in France. The recording of a CD is planned at the end of the project.