The Ensemble Contrechamps from Geneva has long been Michael Jarrell’s favored performers. In 1989, the composer subsumed his first experience at IRCAM with a geometric term: congruence. “When all the points of two superimposed figures coincide, we say they are congruent.” With its strong polarities, Congruences advances via layers, playing with reverberation, using delays, frequency modulation, and the power of spatialization. A one-time student of Michael Jarrell’s, the Spanish composer Marc Garcia Vitoria has imagined a concerto grosso playing with the fragmentation and singularity of the ensemble and the soloists, a form of musical mosaic.
Sébastian Jacot flute Béatrice Zawodnik oboe Trio K/D/M Ensemble Contrechamps
Conductor Michael Wendeberg IRCAM Computer Music Design Serge Lemouton, Nicolas Vérin, Jan Vandenheede
MICHAEL JARRELL Congruences ROBERTO GERHARDLeo ALBERTO POSADAS Snefru MARC GARCIA VITORIATrencadís, commissionned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and the Ensemble Contrechamps, festival Archipel French Premiere
An IRCAM/Les Spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, Ensemble Contrechamps coproduction. With the support of the Sacem and the Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture.