Dominique Clément – clarinets, composition
Clarinetist, composer and teacher, Dominique Clément has composed mainly chamber music and music for the stage, but also works regularly on projects of pieces of an educational nature.
He is one of the founding members of Ensemble Aleph since 1983.
He elaborates his musical language thanks to the reading of poets and novelists such as Claude Simon, Georges Perec, Jean-Jacques Viton or Jacques Roubaud.
His works have been performed at the festivals Musica, Présences, Musiques en scène, Musique action, 38e Rugissants as well as in Finland, Brazil, the United States, Germany, Great Britain… He has received several state commissions for his works (Triptyque pour une corrida, Temps bleu, Tresette) as well as commissions from the festivals of Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, Évreux, Musicades de Lyon, Cluny. After teaching at the National School of Music in Chalon-sur-Saône from 1979 to 2000, he currently teaches at Cefedem (a training program for future music school teachers) and at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSMD).
Created in 1983, the Ensemble Aleph is a collective of associated soloists (Dominique Clément – clarinet, Sylvie Drouin – piano, Jean-Charles François – percussion, Monica Jordan – voce, Christophe Roy – cello, Noëmi Schindler – violon, Michel Pozmanter – conducting), an ensemble of performers and composers, a group of variable size, in search of new possible relationships between sound and text, movement and music.
With nearly 300 creations, it is today one of the major relays of musical innovation. As a laboratory dedicated to creation, Ensemble Aleph gives young composers the benefit of its experience in a spirit of exchange and conviviality, notably within the framework of the International Forum of Young Composers (project selected in 2000 by the European Commission « Culture 2000 Program », with 61 composers from 26 countries – 8th Forum in 2017). The Ensemble Aleph nourishes its practice by a crossroads with jugglers, Vj’s, choreographers, directors, writers, actors… For more than 35 years, Ensemble Aleph has been developing collective projects, pooling efforts and sharing practices through more than 950 concerts.
The Ensemble ALEPH participated in numerous festivals of contemporary music: Musiques Démesurées (Clermont-Ferrand, 2006), International Gaudeamus Music Weeks (Amsterdam 2004, 2005, 2006), Festspielhaus Hellerau (Dresde 2004, 2005, 2006), Journées de la Musique Contemporaine (Cluny, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Estonian Music Days (Tallinn, 2006), Festival Aspekte (Salzburg, 2006), A Tempo (Caracas, 1997, 2004), Festival des orgues baroques du Haut Jura (2003), les Friches Musicales, Evry University (2003), Manca (Nice, 2002, 2006), Musica (Strasbourg, 1992, 1997 et 2000), Musique du 20e siècle (Angers, 1983 et 1986), Musique Action (Vandoeuvre Lès Nancy, 1995, 1997 et 2000), Rossini in Wilsbad (Allemagne, 2000), Sons d’Hiver (Val-de-Marne, 1996 et 1999), Time of Music à Viitasaari (Finlande, 1996, 2007), Musicavoix (Evreux, 1993, 1994, 1996 et 1998), 38° Rugissants (Grenoble, 1993 et 1995), Présences (Paris, 1995 et 1997), Musica Nova (Brésil, 1992), Festival de Mannheim, (Allemagne, 1990), Music On the Edge (Pittsburg 2004), Festival Musique en scène (Oullins 2000).
Réference: Ensemble Aleph
Jacques PUECH : voice, cabrette
Jacques Puech began learning the cabrette at the age of 7, which is part of the musical landscape of southern Cantal (Auvergne – France) where he grew up. In contact with the music of oral tradition on the one hand and experimental music on the other, he takes the cabrette into the whitewater of the variation while developing a style close to the primary animality of the sound of this bagpipe.
At the age of 26, he decided to become a professional musician and he trained as an artistic educator at the CEFEDEM AuRA. At the same time, he developed his singing practice based on the styles of the traditional music of the Massif Central and it is as a member of the collective La Nòvia that he opened himself to new sound experiences and refined his musical choices. Strengthed by his militant experience in the popular education association Les Brayauds-CDMDT63 (Auvergne), he assumed the roles of the collector, going to meet the inhabitants of the Massif Central within the framework of his activity in the AMTA (Agence des Musiques des Territoires de l’Auvergne).
Référence : La Nòvia