Ensemble Variances

Part of Bristol New Music 2018

Ensemble Variances leader and composer Thierry Pécou’s seminal work Outre-Mémoire is an exploration of the slave trade through music – both from a contemporary perspective and looking back at his own Martinican roots.

Often compared to Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Outre-Mémoire is an overwhelming musical experience that invokes a state of meditative contemplation, in which the piano is conceived as a centre of gravity surrounded by satellites, the flute, the clarinet and the cello. The result is a powerful piece that leaves the audience “surrounded by a strong, powerful sound” (BBC Magazine).

This score (1:15 minutes) was first performed by Alexandre Tharaud in 2004 in collaboration with installation artist Jean-François Boclé.

This is a ‘pay what you feel’ event – a donation will be taken on the door.

Please note this event takes place at the Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol, 88 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1SA

Bristol New Music 2018

This concert is part of Bristol New Music 2018, bringing the very best international contemporary new music to the city in partnership with Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and the University of Bristol for a dazzling weekend to explores new realms in sound.

To view the full festival programme click here.

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Bristol New Music is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by the PRS for Music Foundation; in partnership with the University of Bristol.


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