Video documentation of Le Cercle, circular orchestra, Maison de la Culture du Japon, Paris.
Gaël Mevel violoncelle, composition
Jacques Di Donato clarinette
Thierry Waziniak percussions
Nicolas Nageotte clarinette basse
Jean-Luc Cappozzo bugle et trompette
Diemo Schwarz création electroacoustique
Daniel Lifermann flute shakuhachi
Le Cercle, a unique orchestra which offers the listener a truly original sensory and artistic experience. The musicians are placed in a circle around the audience who thus find themselves at the heart of the music as it is being made.
A delicate balancing act, incorporating composition, improvisation and the manipulation of sound, between Japanese and Western culture, Le Cercle recreates for the listener a collective evocation, rooted in memory and invention, of the soundtrack of history (the cinema of Ozu or Kurosawa, the music of Bach, Debussy, the Japanese folk tradition, Duke Ellington, Ravel, Gershwin, the laugh of Bibi Anderson, the voice of Jeanne Moreau…).
Le Cercle is an attempt to capture, in a collective élan, the relationship between sound, melody, memory, the vertical and the horizontal. In a word, a new soundscape.