Pascal Zavaro - Songs of Innocence | Continuo Classics CC777714

Pascal Zavaro - Songs of Innocence


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Label: Continuo Classics

Cat No: CC777714

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd March 2015



"The program of 'Songs of Innocence' gives an overview of my decade-long relationship with the Ensemble Mikrokosmos and Loïc Pierre. Each project and each concert of this unique ensemble has been an unpredictable and exalted adventure, fuelled by an incessant creativity.

You will find here a very broad sampling of my experiments in writing for the voice: pieces for choir a capella, for choir and instruments, for choir and electronics, and even for a choir that doesn’t sing! “Classical” pieces for voices and acoustic instruments are intertwined with pieces manipulated through sound transformation techniques. It is thus also a testament to my efforts, over the years, to juxtapose the so-called “intellectual” music with electronic music, emblematic of “popular” forms today." - Pascal Zavaro

Pascal Zavaro grew up in a milieu of visual artists. After attending the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, he completed his studies with Keiko Abe (marimba), Jean-François Zygel (counterpoint and orchestration) and Rikako Watanabé (harmony).

He has written more than 80 works for solo instruments, chamber groups, and vocal and orchestral ensembles, with certain scores combining electronics with traditional instruments. Rhythmic thinking occupies a central place in the work of this composer who loves to hear in his music “the noise of the world” : Pascal Zavaro has a taste for music with a pulse, a dynamic swaying, a contagious energy that does not hide its influences, from the 16th century madrigalists to the contemporary minimalists.

But the array of influences nourishing his work is vast: pictorial affinities crystallized during his infancy and adolescence resurface today, implicitly or otherwise, and structure his works.

- Songs of Innocence: Concerto for violin and choir
- Seul dans le vide pour choeur
- Gadji beri bimba pour choeur
- Pii-lap pour choeur et percussions
- Ecce homo pour choeur et percussions
- Poussières pour rhombes, pierres, claquoirs, sonnailles et percussions
- Encore raisonnable pour corps frappés
- Retour à la raison pour choeur
- Raison labiale pour onomatopées
- Occe heme pour choeur et électronique

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