GABRIEL DHARMOO [FR]

Notre meute

for 5 voices__12'__2013

2018 Harry Freedman Recording Award - Canadian Music Centre

Original Version with Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

Experimental Version with staging (excerpts)

PROGRAM NOTE

"Notre meute" (Our Pack) is an ethnographic fiction evoking the music and manners of an invented population, whose origins are geographically and temporally unknown. Apparently singing, other times talking, sometimes wailing, other times stammering, our tribe or "our pack" is positioned ambiguously in the spectrum that ranges from the primitive to the civilized, from the savage to the sophisticated.

PERFORMANCES

November 4, 2019 STUTTGART (Germany) Südseite nachts / Theaterhaus
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

February 26, 2019 OTTAWA (Canada) 10 Blackburn Ave
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

November 8, 2018 COPENHAGEN (Denmark) G((o))ng Tomorrow / Studiescenen Royal Danish Academy of Music
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

June 27, 2018 MONTREAL (Canada) LMCML / Café Résonance
Phth: Elizabeth Lima, Florence Blain Mbaye, Gabriel Dharmoo, Vahram Sarkissian, David Cronkite

October 2, 2017 MONTREAL (Canada) No Hay Banda / La Sala Rossa
Phth: Elizabeth Lima, Florence Blain Mbaye, Gabriel Dharmoo, Vahram Sarkissian, David Cronkite

April 9, 2017 BARCELONA (Spain) Festival Mixtur / Fabra i Coats-Fàbrica de Creació de Barcelona
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

June 15, 2016 ZÜRICH (Switzerland) Festspiele Zürich / Theater Rigiblick
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

April 20, 2014 NEW YORK (USA) MATA Festival 2014 / The Kitchen AMERICAN PREMIERE
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

June 21, 2013 STUTTGART (Germany) Der Sommer in Stuttgart / Theaterhaus Stuttgart EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

February 25, 2013 MONTRÉAL (Canada) Love Songs / SMCQ Festival MNM 2013 WORLD PREMIERE
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

REVIEWS

With the work of Gadenstätter, and further with that of Dharmoo, the vocal soloists balanced with typical sovereignty upon a tightrope of contemporary vocal-techniques. With great refinement Dharmoo concocted a sound-portrait of a fictitious aboriginal-people drawn out of in one instant, panting, gasping, nearly animalistic sounds, at other times sounds of a near-renaissance uprightness set beside the unabashedly folkloristic. The primitive appeared crafted, the crafted naïve – the civilized and the untamed exchanged as effortlessly as notions of 'high-art' and 'traditional-craft' – all told with a sense of humour and of sensuality.
Martin Mezger - Lust am Kunstgewerbe, Eßlinger Zeitung (Allemagne) – June 25, 2013 (Traduit de l'allemand par Max Murray)

But it was Gabriel Dharmoo that really stood out. Diversely murmured, passingly comprehensible vocal gestures barely to grasped, as words exchanged with pentatonic and quasi-traditional melodies - markedly amusing, performed as if it were tailor-made for ensemble itself.
Dietrich Heißenbüttel – Imaginäre Folklore, Stuttgarter Zeitung (Allemagne) – June 24, 2013 (Traduit de l'allemand par Max Murray)

Lorsque le ténor débute la pièce avec une sorte de jappement- grognement, la salle sera immédiatement conquise. Dans un véritable concert des nations, Notre meute sollicite des rythmes africains, des mélodies orientales, des sonorités brésiliennes dans un remix ludique auquel les chanteurs semblent avoir pris un réel plaisir. Une sorte de mash-up pour intellectuels avertis. Dharmoo peut se targuer d'avoir été très bien servi, et le public montréalais a pu constater toute l'ampleur que peuvent prendre ses œuvres. Notre meute n'avait rien à envier à ce qui avait précédé et à ce qui allait suivre [Aperghis, Vivier, Stockhausen]. Le jeune compositeur ne reniera certainement pas l'influence de Claude Vivier dans son œuvre, quoique j'aie senti dans cette nouvelle pièce un tournant vers une voix plus personnelle et plus assumée que jamais.
Normand Babin – Oh Mein Gott!, Montréalistement February 27, 2013

CREDITS

Commissioned by Musik der Jahrhunderte (Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart) with support from the Canada Council for the Arts