THIERRY PECOU & ENSEMBLE VARIANCES

THIERRY PECOU & ENSEMBLE VARIANCES

St John’s Smith Square invited Thierry Pécou, a French composer whose work Outre-Mémoire – originally commissioned by the Festival Octobre in Normandy – is regularly compared to Oliver Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Times. The composer aimed to provide a musical response to slavery and colonisation. Violent rhythms, gloomy chords and tropical tones collide with one another to leave the audience in a meditative state. The composer, playing the piano himself, produced an organic work, where the flute, clarinet and cello of Ensemble Variances are like wayward satellites in orbit around the piano.

“Throughout Outre-mémoire, I wanted the inconceivable to resonate, but in the greatest concentration, without effects or drama, as a silent tocsin.” Thierry Pécou

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Thierry Pécou (FR) – Outre-mémoire

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27.02 2017

St John’s Smith Square, London, United Kingdom