Internationally-acclaimed Ensemble Cairn travels from Paris to join forces with Argento for their season opener in New York City. Under the baton of Guillaume Bourgogne, French-American violinist Elissa Cassini will perform the world premiere of Jérôme Combier's Koussevitsky commission Conditions de lumière, a concerto for violin and ensemble.

During a pessimistic moment in international relations, Argento and Ensemble Cairn wish to highlight the positive, idealistic, generous, and creative potential of international relations.

This concert, the result of an intense transatlantic exchange of music between the two ensembles, will feature both French and American composers. In addition to Jérôme Combier's coloristic style, Gérard Pesson takes familiar rhythms and vernacular influences and orchestrates them with "noises" from all the instruments. Franck Bedrossian also explores musical “noise,” but for its darker, more dramatic potential. On this side of the Atlantic, we perform American composers Michel Galante and Nina C. Young (Rome Prize in Composition 2015-16). Michel Galante’s Camouflage (world premiere) features a large ensemble flanked on
either side by virtuoso marimba players. In contrast to the large ensemble works on the program, flutist Emi Ferguson and violist Ken Hamao will play Nina C. Young’s poetic duet L’heure bleue.

Argento will travel to France to repeat this performance with Ensemble Cairn for French audiences on November 20, 2017.


Jérôme Combier - Condition de lumière (2017) for violin and ensemble | World premiere | Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation | Elissa Cassini, violin

Michel Galante - Camouflage (2017) for large ensemble | World premiere

Gérard Pesson - Carmagnole (2015) for large ensemble

Nina C. Young - L'heure bleue (2013) for flute and viola

Jérôme Combier - Dog eat dog (2013) for guitar and cello
Franck Bedrossian - Innersonic (2012) for accordion and electric guitar | New York premiere

Program jointly performed by Argento Chamber Ensemble and Ensemble Cairn

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