Hymns

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CAST

   
Soprano: Soetkin Elbers (or Lore Binon)
Flute: Chryssi Dimitriou
E-guitar: Primoz Sukic
Accordion: Luca Piovesan
Cello: François Deppe
    

PROGRAMME

   
Saint Kassia of Constantinople: Christ, the King of Glory, for voice and instruments
John Cage: Beautiful Widow of Eighteen Springs, for voice and instrument
Dmitri Shostakovitch: The Ophelia's Song, for cello and voice
Salvatore Sciarrino: Come vengono prodotti gli incantesimi, for flute
Michael Pisaro: Tombstones, excerpts, for voice and instruments
Tarquinio Merula: Tempo di dormire, for voice and instruments
Filippo Perocco: Sul Tasto, for accordion
Saint Kassia of Constantinople: The Fallen Woman, for voice and instruments
James Tenney: Harmonium I, for guitar
Michael Pisaro: Tombstones, excerpts, for voice and instruments

Four Ictus musicians blend their sombrest tones with the young and fervent voice of soprano Soetkin Elbers to sing a hymn to the night: prayers, distant songs, muffled melodies. As night falls, identities fade – modern or ancient: what does it really matter? Today’s music intersects with the 9th century hymns of Saint Kassiani of Constantinople, also known as Kassia, the first woman composer whose music scores survived the ages.

De weemoedige kleuren die de muzikanten van Ictus uit hun instrumenten tevoorschijn halen, versmelten met de jonge en gedreven stem van sopraan Soetkin Elbers. Samen zetten ze een ode aan de nacht in: gebeden, ijle liederen en gesmoorde melodieën. De avond valt en contouren vervagen … Modern of eeuwenoud, wat maakt het uit?
Hedendaagse composities en 9e-eeuwse hymnes van de heilige Kassiani, ook wel Kassia genoemd – de eerste vrouwelijke componiste van wie partituren bewaard zijn gebleven – kruisen elkaars pad.

Quatre musiciens d’Ictus, mêlant leurs couleurs les plus voluptueusement sombres à la voix jeune et intense de la soprano Soetkin Elbers, entonnent un hymne à la nuit : prières, chansons lointaines, mélodies étouffées. Le soir tombé, les identités s’estompent — moderne ou ancien, quelle importance ? Les œuvres d’aujourd’hui croisent les hymnes de Sainte Cassienne de Constantinople (IXe siècle), connue aussi sous le nom de Kassia, la première femme compositrice dont nous sont parvenues des partitions.

Agenda for this project

July 2021
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  • Mon 26.07 Hymns Festival - Crete Senesi - Italy

    Hymns

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November 2021
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  • Wed 24.11 Hymns Brigittines - Brussels - Belgium

    Hymns

    with Lore Binon

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December 2021
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  • Wed 01.12 Hymns Opera - Lille - France

    Hymns

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October 2022
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  • Sun 09.10 HYMNS [with Soetkin Elbers] Abbey - Westvleteren - Belgium

    Hymns

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  • Mon 17.10 HYMNS [With Soetkin Elbers] Festival - Leuven - Belgium

    Hymns

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  • Tue 18.10 HYMNS [With Soetkin Elbers] Festival - Leuven - Belgium

    Hymns

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December 2022
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  • Fri 23.12 HYMNS (with Soetkin Elbers) Sint-Dionysius Kerk - Zwevegem - Belgium

    Hymns

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