Meditation on the Future of our Planet with Ensemble Variances

Fri 16 June
Classical Music

The cello acts as a mediator between the ensemble and the deep-sea sounds… and the results are strikingly beautiful, sometimes discomforting, and in the end profoundly elegiac.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Nature has been the inspiration of composers for centuries. Now, through the power of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, the virtuosi musicians of Ensemble Variances are urging audiences to pay attention to the changes to our planet and to our friends in the animal kingdom.

Artistic Director Thierry Pécou creates a programme which stimulates our appreciation of nature’s lessons with some of his own compositions along with contemporary sounds by François-Bernard Mâche and Stevie Wishart.


Thierry Pécou, Meditation on the end of the species for solo cello, processed whale songs and ensemble
François-Bernard Mâche, Vigiles for flute, clarinet, piano, synthesizer, guitar and pre-recorded birds sounds
Stevie Wishart, Gardez la Distance for flute, clarinet, piano and pre-recorded blackbird songs


About Ensemble Variances

With the vision of linking the music of our time with contemporary humanitarian and environmental issues, the Ensemble Variances was founded in 2010 by French composer and pianist Thierry Pécou and was au laureate of the Franco-British fund for contemporary music Diaphonique.


Crédit photo: © Manuel Braun

As part of Les Salons en Musique, a concert series supported by Aline Foriel-Destezet


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