Concert series 17-18 BNU

lovemusic's first series of concerts in Strasbourg took place at the auditorium of the Strasbourg National University Library (BNU). This season, called Perspectives included in each programme a new piece commissioned by the collective as well as a piece of classical repertoire in order to offer a new and original viewpoint of music written today. lovemusic's scenographers Clement Debras and Mathilde Melero created a mise en scène for each concert.

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Far Est/Far Ouest

To the east Japan, to the west Mexico ... despite the distance, their music finds a common ground: a different perception of temporality, a special place for wind instruments and a clear identity despite European influence…
And the accordion, wandering instrument, bringing together the two cultures as well as the timbres of the flute and the clarinet, uniting the three instruments in one same breath.
Music by Arturo Fuentes (commission), Keiko Harada, Mario Lavista, Dai Fujikura, Jorge Torres Saenz, Toshio Hosokawa and Joji Yuasa.



For the ancient Greeks there were two words to describe time: Chronos, which refers to numerical time, quantitative, and Kairos, which refers to the perfect, qualitative time. Each piece of this programme explores the notion of time in a different way: passing time (rhythmic), frozen time (silent) and shared time. These two notions of time are not necessarily opposite, Chronos can be used to create limits, and these limits can be broken in order to create. Thus Chronos and Kairos form a duality that is constantly transformed and replicates itself through the music performed here, which includes the premiere of a new piece by the composer Annette Schlünz, commissioned by the collective.
Music by Annette Schlünz (commission), Maurizio Pisati, Jérôme Combier, Doina Rotaru, Charles Koechlin, Malin Bång, Jesse Broekman.


Ceci est [une extension de] mon corps

When we play an instrument, it becomes an extension of our body, allowing us to express ourselves though sound. In this programme the third performer - the electronics - plays an extraordinary role, because it plays a dual role: one that extends this bodily extension even more by picking up and prolonging the sounds we produce, but also one which transforms and dissects what has already been heard, and in this way it becomes an interpreter of interpreters ...
This programme explores the influence of technology on acoustic music: a soundtrack of daily sounds recorded by Cage, sound processing in real time, a computer as a musical instrument and apps and gadgets on stage!

Music by Michelle Lou (French premiere), Sarah Nemstov, John Cage, John Croft (French premiere), Sohrab Uduman and a new piece by Marcello Messina (commision).


Cries of love and sorrow

The starting point of this programme is a selection of poems, texts and philosophical essays of different authors - Christian Morgenstern, Jean Tardieu, Roland Barthes, John Keats, San Juan de la Cruz - around which the musical discourse is articulated. Love as an omnipresent entity in our lives, by its presence but also by its absence. Even in the darkest moments, Love is the force that brings us back to the light.
Light and shadows are not necessarily opposed, they are the nuances that form the outlines of human life; Love manifests itself in very different ways even in the darkness of sorrow.
This last concert of the cycle explores this irrepressible force with music by Beat Furrer, John Croft, Magnus Lindberg, Thierry Tidrow, David Bird and the first stage of a collaboration between lovemusic and the Dutch composer Jesse Broekman.