Les Traversées Baroques
The ensemble Les Traversées Baroques was founded in the Burgundy Region in 2008, and at once defined its project as one of exchange and discovery. Reflecting the original meaning of the term barroco (an irregularly shaped pearl), Judith Pacquier (artistic director) and Étienne Meyer (musical director) present all the sinuosities and asperities of the early Baroque era in their programmes. Right from the start, their project was conceived on a European scale: through contact with young musicians and musicologists striving to remedy the Czech Republic’s isolation on the early music scene and its all too long neglect of a forgotten musical past in the Baroque period, they realised the necessity of creating an ensemble of this kind, dedicated first and foremost to the seventeenth-century repertoire of Central and Eastern Europe.
Thus the first programmes of Les Traversées Baroques were created, breathing new life into the captivating works which lay dormant in the archives of Poland and the Czech Republic especially. A genuine recording strategy was set up to focus on the Polish repertory, in partnership with the label K617 and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute: the first CD in the series, devoted to Marcin Mielczewski, was released in 2011 to widespread critical acclaim.
As a ‘Regional Baroque Ensemble’ in residence at the Opéra de Dijon since April 2013, Les Traversées Baroques has developed new and original programmes: the ensemble invites its listeners on a musical journey, setting out from Italy, the cradle of the early seventeenth-century style, and following its numerous ramifications all over Europe. There is Claudio Monteverdi, of course, the spiritual father, but also Fux, Schütz, Michna, Gabrieli, and many others. These programmes are taken on tour to national and international festivals, and can involve from three to fifty musicians as required by the music. Les Traversées Baroques has also turned its attention to opera, with a reconstruction of the intermedi of La Pellegrina given at the Grand Théâtre de Dijon in February 2014.
A powerful urge to train the musicians and audiences of tomorrow has prompted Étienne Meyer and Judith Pacquier to offer regular masterclasses, lectures and workshops on the repertory of the early seventeenth century: L’Atelier des Traversées Baroques has been present in Prague, Warsaw, and Dijon since 2008.
Les Traversées Baroques in a nutshell? Musical adventures off the beaten track!
The ensemble Les Traversées Baroques receives support from the French Ministry of Culture (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles) as an ensemble musical et vocal conventionné, the City of Dijon, the Conseil Général de Côte d’Or, the Région Bourgogne, and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Polish Ministry of Culture and Foreign Affairs).
The conductor and composer Étienne Meyer embarked on a joint diploma course in these two disciplines at the CNSMD in Lyon, obtaining his advanced teaching qualification (DNESM) in 2001. He is currently the conductor of the École Maîtrisienne Régionale de Bourgogne (Maîtrise de Dijon), which aims to train children to a high standard in choral singing in a project concentrating on developing the student’s personality through singing. Highly reputed for the excellence of his pedagogical skills, he has also taught at the University of Saint-Étienne and the CNSMD de Lyon, and is invited by the Fryderyk Chopin Academy (Warsaw) to give early music masterclasses. He regularly prepares programmes with the singers of Les Solistes de Lyon - Bernard Tétu, which has led to collaborations with Rinaldo Alessandrini, the Orchestre National de Lyon, and the Chorus of the Opéra de Lyon. A trained composer, fascinated by the cinema and especially the silent film, Étienne Meyer also writes music for the moving image. Since receiving the prize for first film score at the Aubagne International Festival in 2003, he has composed original works for small and large forces.
After studying the recorder, analysis, and music history, Judith Pacquier soon devoted her activities to her instrument of choice, the cornett. She studied with William Dongois and Jean-Pierre Canihac, in whose class at the CNSMD de Lyon she obtained her DNESM in 2001. She now enjoys a career as a prominent instrumentalist with many ensembles in concert and on record. A passionate advocate of educational and outreach activities, she was from 2000 to 2013 director of Le Conservatoire Itinérant, an innovative project presented by Les Chemins du Baroque au Nouveau Monde. Backed up by a flexibly sized educational team, she contributed to the development and dissemination of the practice of early music throughout Latin America, notably in Cuba, Paraguay, Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. This experience has earned her regular invitations to give masterclasses on the cornett, improvisation, and ensemble performance. She is professor of cornett in the Early Music department of the Tours Conservatoire (CRR).
The ensemble now organizes frequent training sessions and creates exciting new programs.
The ensemble receives support from the Burgundy Region, the City of Dijon, the French Ministry of Culture (DRAC), the Côte d’Or département and Culture.pl.
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