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Cosmigimmicks is the work of Unsuk Chin that inspired this program. Inspired by pantomime, a piece with a metallic and very fragile tone, we are transported into the imaginary theater of Cosmigimmicks where the plucked instruments (guitar, mandolin and harp) play the main roles, while the other instruments (prepared piano, violin, trumpet and percussion) disguise themselves to join in a game of masks and mimicry.
So much so that often all the instruments merge into one “super-instrument”. This unusual tonal character of the instrumentation also gives rise to structural, harmonic and rhythmic ideas, all linked to the notion of musical pantomime.

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February 12th, 2023 | 14h30



Mikel Urquiza | Songs of Spam | for 6 voices and 7 instruments | 15′
Mikel Urquiza | My Voice is my Password | for vocal ensemble of 6 voices | 10′ | world premiere
George Arpeghis | Password | for vocal ensemble of 6 voices | 10′
Unsuk Chin | Cosmigimmicks | for 7-instruments instrumental ensemble | 23′
Martin Smolka | Jonah | for 3-voices and 11-instruments ensemble | 17′ | world premiere




Sébastien Boin, artistic and musical director

Neue Vocalsolisten
Johanna Vargas, soprano
Suzanne Leitz-Lorey, soprano
Truike van der Poel, mezzo-soprano
Martin Nagy, tenor
Guillermo Anzorena, baritone
Andreas Fischer, bass

Ensemble C Barré
Annelise Clément, clarinet
Joël Versavaud, saxophone
Matthias Champon, trumpet
Élodie Soulard, accordion
Claudio Bettinelli, percussion
Maroussia Gentet, piano
Natalia Korsak, mandolin
Rémy Reber, guitar
Eva Debonne, harp
Cyril Dupuy, cymbalum
Marine Rodallec, cello
Charlotte Testu, double bass
Hélène Maréchaux, violin

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