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Past Event

Ensemble Variances

Outre Mémoire

'Pécou invents his own rite, as powerful by its organic violence as by the melodic bitterness which infuses his work.' Diapason, 2004

Thierry Pécou piano
Anne Cartel flute
Carjez Gerretsen clarinet
David Louwerse cello

In this great work often compared to the Messiaen’s Quatuor du Fin du Temps, Thierry Pécou leads us into an overwhelming musical experience that invokes a state of meditative contemplation.

Founded in 2009 by Martiniquan-French composer and pianist Thierry Pécou, Ensemble Variances seeks to link contemporary music to the humanitarian and environmental concerns of our time. Outre Mémoire (Outside Memory) is a 70 minute, 12 movement work scored for solo piano, flute, clarinet and cello that commemorates the impact of the transatlantic slave trade.

By playing around the audience, the quartet creates a meditative, spiritually reflective piece that travels aurally from the African continent to the South American subcontinent and Martinique in the Caribbean. 

Through this work, we are invited to face the truths that the multitude of different colours of people in our cities and the racial inequalities and voicing of anger that arise today are the direct consequence of the slave trade and colonisation. 

Listen to Thierry Pécou talking about the piece.

Classical Music
Thu 16 May, 8pm

Festival Standby £10**

**For this event there are £10 Festival Standby tickets available to book in advance. Simply select the STANDBY IN ADVANCE price type.
Festival Standbys only are available to under 26’s, over 60s, JSA/ESA or Universal Credit, registered disabled/DLA or PIP, Equity/ BECTU/SDUK, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Members, Brighton Festival artists and those with Pay-It-Forward vouchers. Please bring some proof of eligibility with you to the venue and when collecting tickets.