THE SPACE TRAVELLERS
Since 2009, the Voyageurs de l’Espace have all been playing their part in creating a group imagination to invent a new relationship with Space that would be totally different from all previous ideas. Set up within the “haven” of the Observatoire National de l’Espace/ National Space Observatory, the experimental arts and science section of the National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), this group came into being from a truly multi-disciplinary approach that included the field of music.
© Liang guo jian / Kenbo @ Foshan, China, 2016
CLAUDIA SOLAL and A TRIO FOR SPACE
In the end, this current adventure seemed to happen quite naturally. At the very time when Man was thinking about returning to the Moon (China might soon be the next candidate) and stepping out on Mars (but not straight away), in the year when the tenth Frenchman would spend several months in the International Space Station and the worldwide success of the Philae Mission, Claudia Solal with this trio of space travellers is re-opening a musical window onto space to provide a joyful accompaniment to the current trend; against a continuous vocal and instrumental background representing the vast star-studded canopy of space, songs suddenly burst forth like so many planets awaiting discovery. A dream-like musical universe begins to take shape through the warm, light-filled voice of Claudia Solal.
Sabine Macher, Charles Pennequin, Karin Serres, Eric Pessan, Coline Pierré, Mariette Navarro, Olivier Bleys, all contemporary writers, were asked for a contribution, with a piece on some sort of space theme. They set to, writing or drifting off about the little robot Philae, the first animals in space, the first clandestine space travellers, eclipses and the exoplanets… French writing to provide inspiration for an imaginary musical world of poetry and other space improvisations; a musicality that stretches all the limits, from orchestral pieces to individual songs with words in the chanson tradition, or minimal lyrics or even tribal chants.
LES VOYAGEURS DE L'ESPACE
/THE SPACE TRAVELLERS
Didier Petit (violoncello, voice)
Claudia Solal (voice)
Philippe Foch (percussions, electronic, voice)
Buda Musique, 2016
Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros 2017
@ between Riga and Tallinn, baltic countries tour, 2018