Ensemble C Barré en concert avec les Neue Vocalsolisten

Songs & Voices

Musical performance
© Pierre Gondard

The title of the play Five Songs (Kafka’s Sirens) refers to Franz Kafka’s short story The Silence of the Sirens. In his story, Kafka does not tell an alternative story to that of The Odyssey, a story that would say that the mermaids did not sing, but rather suggests a paradox: he insinuates a doubt of perspective, where perhaps lies what attracts Ulysses so much to approach mermaids…

It is to this paradoxical perspective that Songs & Voices refers. It is a form in which the poetic question is: what remains of the song when the voice disappears? This presence of song in the absence of a singing voice is the source of the sound research. And this first question calls for another: what is the voice without the song?

The exploration of these two dimensions has led to the creation of a vocal and instrumental musical journey between two extremes: extreme absence and extreme presence. A concert for six singers (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass), ten instrumentalists (clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, accordion, percussion, mandolin, guitar, harp, cello, double bass) and live electronics.

Delegated production, Ensemble C Barré
Coproduced with Biennale di Venezia, Ircam – Centre Pompidou, Wittener Tage Für Neue Kammermusik, GMEM — Centre national de création musicale, Festival ECLAT de Stuttgart & Neue Vocalsolisten de Stuttgart

Supported by Impuls Neue Musik, Ernst Von Siemens Music Foundation, SACEM, Institut Français, Fondation d’entreprise Société Générale & Fondation Orange

Comissioned by l’Etat Français,
Co-comissioned by l’Ensemble C Barré, la Biennale di Venezia, le GRAME, l’Ircam – Centre Pompidou, Wittener Tage Für Neue Kammermusik, le GMEM — Centre national de création musicale et le Festival ECLAT de Stuttgart

practical information

October 27th, 2023



Francesca Verunelli [Italy, 1979]
Songs & Voices | 1h15  Mondial creation
for vocal ensemble [soprano, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, bass] and instrumental ensemble [clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, accordion, percussion, mandolin, guitar, harp, cello, double bass]

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

Johanna Vargas, coloratura soprano
Susanne Leitz Lorey, lyric 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
Elodie Soulard, accordion
Claudio Bettinelli, percussion
Natalia Korsak, mandolin
Rémy Reber, guitar
Eva Debonne, harp
Marine Rodallec, cello
Charlotte Testu, double bass

Sébastien Boin, musical direction

Antonello Pocetti, set design
Luigi Zerillo, lighting design
Max Bruckert, technical and technological coordination
Jean Millot, computer music producer
Philippe Boinon, sound engineer
Bertrand Schacre, stage management


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