Ensemble Variances - Outre-Mémoire

22 April 2018, 5.00 PM - 22 April 2018, 7.00 PM

Auditorium, Victoria Rooms

The sombre beauty of Outre-mémoire comes as much from allusions to afro-Cuban as from the distanced narration of the composer. Pécou invents his own rite, as powerful by its organic violence as by the melodic bitterness which infuses his work.

Diapason, 2004

In this seminal work often compared to Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps, Thierry Pécou leads us once again into an overwhelming musical experience that invokes a state of meditative contemplation. A pause for memory, a ceremony of a quiet contemplation, a suspension of the mind which lends itself to feeling and reflection, such would be the meaning of this piece where the piano part is conceived as a centre of gravity surrounded by satellites, the flute, the clarinet and the cello.

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

Admission: £15/£5 for University of Bristol members. Tickets can be purchased from Colston Hall at the following link:


Bristol New Music 2018, April 20-22, brings together world-class performers and creators for a celebration of the adventurous in contemporary music and visual arts. With Ulrich Mertin, Christie Finn, Audint, Uproar, Keith Tippett, BULO (Bristol University Loudspeaker Orchestra), Bristol Ensemble, the British Paraorchestra, and other top ensembles performing interdisciplinary, groundbreaking works of Aperghis, Reich, Skempton, Romitelli, and many others, with new commissions at venues spread across the city, this year’s festival (full programme to be announced February 2018) promises a sensory feast for the ears and eyes.

Bristol New Music is a consortium of five major organisations in Bristol including Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island, St George’s Bristol and University of Bristol.

Ensemble Variances Charlotte Abramow

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