Of the Couperins, history has retained Louis and François. Different musics, but affirmed styles, recognizable in the second. Flowery melodies, rich harmonies with often confusing sequences.
Harpsichordist Benoît Babel’s new album is soon available!
Born in 1988, Benoît Babel studied at the conservatories of Bordeaux and Rueil-Malmaison, and then at the conservatoire de Paris in the class of Noëlle Spieth. Benoît Babel teaches the harpsichord at the conservatoire de Versailles and participates as faculty at the Académie baroque international du Périgord noir (direction Iñaki Encina Oyón). In 2014, with the ensemble Zaïs that he directs from the harpsichord and in collaboration with Paul Goussot, he recorded a program of concertos for organ and orchestra by G.F. Handel and J.P. Rameau. This recording is available at paraty.fr. With the violinist and conductor Johannes Pramsohler, he participated in the première of the opera Croesus by Reinhardt Kaiser (2020, Paris, Théâtre de l’Athenée) and Theodora by Handel (2021, Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón).
The Vedado Ensemble takes various forms, assembling singers and musicians according to the repertoire but always under the direction of the viola da gamba player Ronald Martin Alonso. The ensemble specialises in music from the baroque period as well as in contemporary music played on baroque instruments. Its first project in 2011 centered on the work of the Cuban composer Esteban Salas, kapellmeister at Santiago de Cuba Cathedral from 1764 until his death in 1803. Several projects highlighting the viola da gamba followed and gave rise to two recordings: « À la Marésienne » (K617 label) and « Les Folies Humaines », both of works by the composer Marin Marais. The Ensemble Vedado is a frequent guest at festivals in France including Les Grands Concerts in Lyon, the Festival Baroque du Mont-Blanc, the Festival Format Raisins, Sinfonia in Périgord, the Journées musicales d’Automne in Souvigny and Les Méridiennes in Tours, as well as abroad: Festival du Museo de la Citta, Cremona (Italy), Midi-Minimes, Brussels (Belgium), Festival de música antigua Esteban Salas, Havana (Cuba), Festival de musica da camara, Almaty (Kazakhstan), Teatro Nacional, Quito (Ecuador), Festival de música Antigua, Lima (Peru). The ensemble also performs regularly on French radio in programmes produced by Gaëlle Le Gallic, Xavier Carrère, Clément Rochefort and Edouard Fouré Caul-Futy
A self-taught composer and guitarist, Tomás Bordalejo arrived in Paris in 2005 after three years of jazz studies at the Institute of Contemporary Music in his native Buenos Aires.
He joined the conservatory of Gennevilliers, then the CRR of Paris and the Pôle supérieur de Création Paris- Boulogne-Billancourt. His meeting with the composer Bernard Cavanna at the Académie de Villecroze was decisive for his development, for his career. Peter Eötvös, Pascal Dusapin, Yan Maresz and Philippe Hersant also encouraged him to consolidate his own language marked by an original aesthetic.
Far removed from musical academism, Tomás Bordalejo draws on the worlds of sound he encounters as well as on exchanges with musicians to construct a music that is as abstract as it is lively and personal. His work is part of a real compositional research marked by a constant dialogue with other artistic disciplines such as architecture, urbanism or philosophy.
Each piece illustrates a staging of the sound material and a new reflection on the modes of play. Tomás Bordalejo has collaborated with the Ensembles 2e2m, TM+, Court Circuit, L’Instant Donné, Aleph, les Voix animées, l’Itinéraire, the THReNSeMBle (budapest) and the Geneva Chamber Orchestra; as well as with performers such as David Kadouch, Nöemi Schindler, Eric-Maria Couturier, Paul Meyer, Marianne Piketty, Jean Deroyer, Anthony Millet, Pierre Roullier, Nahuel Di Pierro, Alphonse Cemin, Vincent Lhermet, Gérard Caussé, Michel Portal…
Tomás Bordalejo’s music has been performed at the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Sorbonne University, the Lille Opera, the Théâtre de Gennevilliers, the Cartoucherie, the Athénée Louis Jouvet, the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Maison de la Musique in Nanterre, the Vichy Opera, the Abbaye du Thoronet, the Musée d’Art Moderne in Toulon…
Tomás Bordalejo is a laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire and won the 2019 prize of the Tribune de Compositeurs.trices de l’Argentine (TRINAC). He is president of the ensembles 2e2m and Nomos.
Listen to the album here 👇