UM souverain moteur de toute chose

During the festival Passages.
Wed 10 May 2017,
8 p.m.
Arsenal de Metz

In this sonorous meditation inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Bardo thödol) where voice, instrument, and electronics share a stage, the Lebanese composer Zad Moultaka explores the notion of the sacred in the West.

Six singers, surrounded by eleven musicians and loudspeakers—either suspended around the singers or placed on the floor—weave connections between the limits of the sound spectrum, infrabasses and extreme highs.

UM is not only a mantra, it is also an acronym for United Motors that can be taken literally. From the sound a car motor, inordinately slowed down, an unforeseen poetic and incantatory path is born.

Zad Moultaka UM souverain moteur de toutes choses Music and conception
Co-commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, the Festival d'Ile de France, and Ars Nova ensemble instrumental

Ars Nova ensemble instrumental
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Philippe Nahon Conductor
Gilbert Nouno IRCAM Computer-Music Design
Augustin Muller IRCAM Computer-Music Production
Serge Lacourt IRCAM Sound Engineer

An Ars Nova ensemble instrumental, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Festival d’Ile de France, TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Théâtre Jean-Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine coproduction. With the support of the Fonds franco-allemand pour la musique contemporaine/Impuls neue Musik, and the Spedidam. With the assistance of the Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne for the musical creation.
  • Zad Moultaka  © Arthur Pequin
    Zad Moultaka © Arthur Pequin
  • Ars Nova Ensemble  © Arthur Pequin
    Ars Nova Ensemble © Arthur Pequin
  • Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart  © Martin Sigmund
    Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart © Martin Sigmund