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Ensemble Variances: Listening Then and Now

Sunday 26 April
Victoria Rooms, 17:30 — 18:45

To hear and see with the animals….

Amerindian artist and Kwakwaka’wakw chief Beau Dick writes: "we believe the creatures of the animal kingdom to be our brethren because in ancient times our two spirits were connected." Ensemble Variances’ programme for Bristol New Music explores the idea of humanity’s sharing of the planet with animals, birds, plants and the nature around us—in an interspecies collaboration inspired by ancient cultures for whom the above quote was an unquestioned way of life.

John Luther Adams, Dark Waves for two pianos 12’ (BP)
Thierry Pécou, Sonata for piano solo (WP) 10’
François-Bernard Mâche, Sopiana for flute, piano and tape 12’ (BP)
Stevie Wishart – New Work for clarinet, piano and electronics 5-10’ (WP)
Thierry Pécou, Sikus for cello solo and electronics 20’ (UK Premiere)

(BP: Bristol Premiere; WP: World Premiere)

Made possible by the support of Diaphonique
In partnership with the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Caen, France

Ensemble Variances

Ensemble Variances is a Rouen-based contemporary group founded in 2010 by French composer and pianist Thierry Pécou, who have performed innovative concerts internationally. More