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A FILETTA IN CONCERT

A Filetta’s music is a journey… It could be said that it is a polyphonic and vocal proposal which is challenging, audacious and contemporary, even though coming from a powerful oral tradition.

It is in 1978 that very young people — among whom teenagers, driven by a strong willingness to contribute to the protection of a declining oral heritage — started their journey… and their journey has been long, sometimes sinuous but always punctuated by discoveries and wonderful encounters. Therefore, the singers gladly confess that « the encounter » is written in their musical DNA. This probably explains why they have never wanted to limit this journey to the perimeter of their roots : encouraged by the tradition they inherited from, they quickly opened to others - other territories, other disciplines, other artists (performers, composers, directors, choreographers).

The repertoire produced today by this vocal sextet is a faithful reflection of what is, since the beginning of the 1980s’, its «forward walk » : a trajectory outlining a movement initiated in a secular orality and asserting itself in the twists and turns of a writing without complex, freed from any filial obligation. Sacred music stands alongside profane songs with multiple influences, films scores with Bruno Coulais, creations for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s choreographies, choruses for an antique tragedy or pieces from a requiem requested by the Saint-Denis Festival.

A Filetta’s music is dedicated to a vision of the world rejecting without any ambiguity identitarian closure and the vocal ensemble’s philosophy is encapsulated in this beautiful aphorism by René Char :

« The purest harvests are sowed in a ground that does not exist; they get rid of gratitude and only owe to spring. »

 

 

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Photo : Armand Luciani


CORSIC’AMEN - LUMIERE ET TENEBRES DANS LES JARDINS DE LA LITURGIE CORSE

Amen (Amanah) trouve son origine dans la Torah ; réponse à l’unisson d’une assemblée à une prière, un ordre, une bénédiction et signifiant « ainsi soit-il », cette parole renvoie à la foi partagée, à la fidélité, à la vérité tout comme à une promesse d’éternité.

Dans ce programme de chants sacrés, le sextuor masculin donne à entendre des polyphonies à cappella jalonnant depuis des temps immémoriaux, la vie religieuse dans l’île. Des chants les plus archaïques de la tradition orale jusqu’aux propositions écrites les plus contemporaines, ils mettent en relief une mémoire de la lumière, celle de l’espérance tout en rappelant que notre condition d’homme réside dans notre capacité à nous élever par delà les ténèbres…

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Photo : Armand Luciani


A' CORE DATU - MEETING-CONCERT
A journey through polyphonic music.

An "immersion" in the history of polyphony through A Filetta's singular artistic career and its creations.
An exchange between the audience and A Filetta and a "linving" and "singing" lecture on 40 years of musical journey.

 
 


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CONVERSATION(S) - ENCOUNTER BETWEEN EAST AND WEST - A FILETTA AND FADIA TOMB EL-HAGE

On the one hand the captivating and velvet tones of Fadia Tomb El-Hage, on the other the voices of the A Filetta choir.

United for the first time by the choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for his production entitled Puz/zle, presented in Avignon in 2012, it was at the request of the Ile-de-France festival that the artists created this concert version.

In this show a capella appears in all its purity. Sacred and profane songs, sung in Corsican, Arabic or Syriac, they bring together two universes and musical traditions of which the osmosis is a result of a great ability to listen and a perfect complementarity between the artists.

If each of them keeps their specificity, these conversations open imaginary spaces which are gently traced through the voices' melismata and the fusion of timbres.

From this encounter was born a unique symbiosis, a limpid polyphony, a poetic and timeless harmony which fuses Corsican and middle-eastern repertories.


"A Filetta is a polyphonic group that sing with a single voice; as for Fadia, singing alone she sings like an entire choir. When you hear them together you get the impression of hearing the entire planet".
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui


Request of the Festival d’Ile-de-France - 2013.
« Puz/zle » Co-production : Festival d’Avignon 2012, De Singel International Arts Campus – Anvers, Sadler’s Wells – Londres, Opéra de Lille, Theaterfestival Boulevard – ‘s Hertogenbosch, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, La Filature Scène nationale – Mulhouse, Festspielhaus – Sankt-Pölten, Fondazione Musica per Roma, Düsseldorf festival! Eastman est en résidence au deSingel International Arts Campus-Anvers et reçoit le soutien des Autorités flamandes et de la Fondation BNP Paribas.













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Photo : Sébastien Cholier


DANCE MEMORY, DANCE / A FILETTA (VOICES), PAOLO FRESU (TRUMPET, BUGGLE), AND DANIELE DI BONAVENTURA (BANDONEON)

October 2006, « L’Aghja », a small theatre in Ajaccio, celebrated its twentieth birthday. For the occasion  Francis Aïqui, its director and jazz enthusiast, decided to bring together jazz musicians and Corsican polyphonic singers. This resulted in the meeting of A Filetta, Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura. It was artistic love at first sight and gave birth to their first project « Mistico mediterraneo », which was recorded and published in early 2011 by ECM.

After this success and several dozen concerts, they all decided to continue together. This time it was a musical and vocal work with as its theme the complementary and contrasting perspectives of two men, both islanders, both exceptional and having marked the twentieth century: Aimé Césaire, writer, poet and playwright from Martinique and Jean Nicoli, a teacher and resistance fighter who was executed in 1943 by the fascist Italian occupying forces. The two men had in common their political engagement and humanism, notably through their judgement of colonialism.

« If we have decided to bring together these two thinkers in our next show, it is simply to remind us, again and again, that behind the grandeur of these men that we celebrate for their commitment and sacrifice, there is the idea for and by which they lived and died: that of a world which is fairer, freer, more respectful of differences, more equitable and with more solidarity ». 

Corsicans and Italians, polyphonists and jazzmen, all deep rooted musicians, voice, trumpet and bandoneon contribute to bringing out the ideals but also the dreams of these “cloud princes” by offering a mixed music that belongs to no-one precisely because it belongs to everyone.



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