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Songs of Spam — Modulation 5

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Ensemble C Barré joins forces with the Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart to create a program around the young composer Mikel Urquiza.

With their “common adventure”, the two French and German ensembles have fulfilled their long-standing wish to create a common repertoire which, thanks to C Barré’s adventurous instrumentation (clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, accordion, percussion, piano, cymbalum, mandolin, guitar, harp, cello and double bass) associated with voices, allows for a great variety of expressions and unheard-of sound colors.


“Our meeting with Mikel Urquiza was one of the most important events in the history of the Ensemble C Barré. He is without a doubt one of the great names to come in the world of composition.
During his residency with the ensemble (2017-2021) he has written some of the most unique works for our new ensemble, marked by his trademark freshness, inventiveness, fantasy and humor. Among these are Songs of Spam, which marked our first encounter with the Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart, works for large ensemble such as Lavorare Stanca, commissioned for the Manifeste 2020 festival, as well as musical gems such as Elurretan, for mandolin, guitar and harp, or ] More Sweetly Forgot… for soprano and three instruments, created with Sara Maria Sun during the Pharos international festival of contemporary music in Cyprus.
We will end his residency with a concert that we will perform on December 21, 2021 in co-production with the GMEM, which we will share with the Neue Vocalsolisen of Stuttgart. We will take advantage of their presence to record our next monographic CD, which will immortalize all the works that Mikel Urquiza has composed for the many adventures we have undertaken. Sébastien Boin

In coproduction with the GMEM – Centre national de création musicale. With the support of SACEM, CNM – Centre National de la Musique, MMC – Maison de la Musique Contemporaine, Ernst Von Siemens Music Foundation and Impuls Neue Musik. Pieces commissioned by Ensemble C Barré, International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival, Musique à la Ferme festival and Chaillol festival.

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December 21th, 2021


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