Voces Nómadas

As part of the festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije
Mon 24 July 2017,
9 p.m.
Église Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, La Grave

“This work explores the idea of nomadism on three different levels. Firstly, the nomadism of the acoustic space in which the voices move via electronics. Secondly, that of the text, created in a way that changing the order of the letters of one word create another. Thirdly, in the fist definition of the word, a metaphor for the daily life of refuges, the forced nomads of today.” Alberto Posadas (2016)

“The ideas inherent to Les Chants de l’Amour require the use of a synthesized voice although it is difficult not to eroticize the sounds of the computer.” This is how Gerard Grisey announces the complexity of the project carried out at IRCAM in the 1980s. The computer program Chant made it possible to create pure synthesis and transform concrete sounds using filters. Ten different languages, litanies, interjections…. Les Chants de l’Amour modify this heterogeneous material over time. Even more, they couple voice and machine, monstrous, menacing, and seductive, the 12 voices for the vocal ensemble.  Twenty-five years after Grisey, Alberto Posadas, the original heir of spectral thought, immerses the real voices in a virtual instrumental space. Singing in an instrument to create the model of a resonator, removing the electronics: this compositional gesture owes much to Grisey’s founding experience.


Olivier Messiaen Cinq Rechants for twelve part mixed choir

Gérard Grisey Les Chants de l’Amour (1982-1984) for twelve part mixed choir and tape *

Alberto Posadas Voces Nómadas for vocal ensemble and electronics ** Premiere 2017
Commissioned by Annie Clair, the festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije (with the support of the Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert), Musicatreize, and IRCAM-Centre Pompidou


Ensemble Musicatreize
Roland Hayrabedian conductor
* Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Pierre-François Baisnée IRCAM Computer Music Design
** Thomas Goepfer IRCAM Computer Music Design
Sylvain Cadars IRCAM
Sound Engineer with the technical assistance of the CIRM

An IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, festival Messiaen au pays de la Meije, CIRM (Centre national de création musicale de Nice) Coproduction.
  • Alberto Posadas  © Harald Hoffmann / Ed. Durand
    Alberto Posadas © Harald Hoffmann / Ed. Durand
  • Ensemble Musicatreize  © Guy Vivien
    Ensemble Musicatreize © Guy Vivien
  • Alberto Posadas et Roland Hayrabedian pendant les répétitions de
    Alberto Posadas et Roland Hayrabedian pendant les répétitions de "Voces Nómadas" avec l'ensemble Musicatreize © Cumulus