Ensemble C Barré

Wed 17 March 2021,
8 p.m.
Centre Pompidou
Grande salle

Full : 18 €
Discount Price : 14 €
Young Card (cat 2) : 10 €


Now the Sirens have a still more fatal weapon than their song, namely their silence... someone might possibly have escaped from their singing; but from their silence, certainly never. (Kafka, The Silence of the Sirens)

As a prelude to this first concert by C Barré, an unexpected interpretation of the adventure of Ulysses. It is at the origin of Francesca Verunelli's Five Song’s: what is left of singing when nobody sings? For Francisco Alvarado, a former student of Stefano Gervasoni, only one voice remains: the synthetic voice, the sister of Alexa or of other vocal assistants, endowed with relative intelligence and expressiveness. Passionate, like Giulia Lorusso, about the contribution of artificial intelligence to creation, Alvarado imagines this voice becoming emancipated, moving from reading a written text to generating an original speech.

Ensemble C Barré
Sébastien Boin conductor
Benjamin Lévy (IRCAM), Charles Bascou (gmem-CNCM Marseille) computer music design

Mikel Urquiza Lavorare stanca, commissioned by the Ensemble C Barré — Premiere 2021 
Giulia Lorusso Fabrica Premiere 2021
Francisco Alvarado Je ne suis qu'une voix  Premiere 2021
Francesca Verunelli Five Songs (Kafka’s Sirens)

Coproduction IRCAM/Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, gmem-CNCM-Marseille | With the support of the Sacem
  • Ensemble C Barré  © Bruno Vacherand-Denand/Passage Citron
    Ensemble C Barré © Bruno Vacherand-Denand/Passage Citron