Camac Harps France will be closed from the evening of 23/12/20, until the morning of 04/01/2021. Happy holidays!
Thursday, January 7 2021, 19:30 CET
Online harp recital: www.youtube.com/c/CamacHarpsOfficial
Sylvain Blassel is a harpist and conductor. Very early in his career, his position as Pierre Boulez’s assistant with the Ensemble InterContemporain led to many formative experiences: working for example with György Kurtag, György Ligeti, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann.
Keen to expand the repertoire available to him as a harpist, Sylvain Blassel has come to specialise in the virtuoso adaptation of music hitherto undreamt-of on the harp. He performs not simply transcriptions of digestible solos, but giants of the piano and orchestra repertoire.
Our 2021 concert agenda is off to a fascinating start! Sylvain Blassel – true to form – performs Haydn’s Sonata n° 60 Hob.XVI.50, and Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles, op.126.
Constance Luzzati specialises in expanding the harp repertoire in two very different ways: through contemporary premiers, and the transcription of early music. She obtained her doctorate in performance from the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) and the Sorbonne, focusing on 18th century French harpsichord repertoire. It is this very repertoire that we will enjoy during her performance of January 14th!
Alexandra Bidi was born in 2002 in New York City. She began her harp studies at the Scuola Musicale di Milano (Italy), before continuing with Beatriz Millán, Zoraida Ávila and Ghislaine Petit-Volta. In 2020, she joined Isabelle Moretti’s class at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP).
Alexandra is the winner of the the Martine Géliot International Harp Competition (2019), the Concurso Ibérico Isolda, Collegium 21, and the Léopold Bellan competition.
Hélène Breschand is part of a generation of musicians who explore new worlds by dismantling boundaries between disciplines. Her music makes us forget all about the particularities of the harp, and instead, we are immersed in a complete experience.
Hélène Breschand has worked with composers such as Luciano Berio, Bernard Cavanna, Pascal Dusapin and Eliane Radigue, and performs with numerous improvisers such as Médéric Collignon, Joelle Léandre, Jean-François Pauvros and Elliott Sharp. She also works on projects with dance, cinema, theatre and the visual arts: with Christian Marclay, The Do, David Toop, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
We are happy to announce the second series of our online YouTube broadcasts!
Les Jeudis de la Harpe will start on February 11, 2021, at 19:30 CET. All you have to do is log on to CamacHarpsOfficial on YouTube, for a weekly premier full of the richness and variety of the 21st-century harp. There will be classical music, traditional music, jazz…and stars of The Voice France!
We’re not wasting any time either. Series 2, opening night, will be this coming Thursday, February 11th 2021. We’re delighted to welcome one of the brightest stars in the modern trad firmament today – Nikolaz Cadoret.
Nikolaz pushes aside the imaginary borders we sometimes impose on our musical perspectives, combining Breton and other Celtic roots with improvisation, jazz, sound processing and other contemporary sound worlds. “I’m aiming”, says Nikolaz, “for complete solo freedom. We each contain a world within us, immense and waiting to be sung.”
Singer, harpist, pianist, composer, producer… Gustine is a musical omnivore, a multifaceted artist – a free electron! Since her studies at the Reims Conservatory with Dominique Demogeot, and a stint at the Cefedem de Lorraine where she obtained her national qualifications in teaching and contemporary music, Gustine has devoted herself to performance and creation. She has collaborated with many artists, written music for contemporary dance, spent 4 years on tour with DJ Fakear (electro), composed a pop piece for symphony orchestra, accompanied Albin de la Simone at the Philharmonie de Paris, sung at the Stade de France for the Rolling Stones – and was discovered by the whole of France on the TV show The Voice.
Gustine will soon release her first album as a songwriter and arranger. Hear her here unplugged, alone with her harp.
On the programme: Stevie Wonder, A-ha, Henri Salvador, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Isaac, Marc Lavoine…
25 Feb 2021
Ghislaine Petit-Volta studied the harp with Brigitte Sylvestre and Pierre Jamet, then Gérard Devos and Christian Lardé at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. She obtained a first prize for harp in 1981 and a first prize for chamber music in 1982. She remains a very active chamber musician (with the Trio Antara and the Collège Contemporain, among others), and soloist in France and abroad. She is professor at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, at the Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne, and in the pedagogy department of the Paris Conservatoire CNSMDP.
Ghislaine Petit-Volta has collaborated with numerous contemporary composers such as John Cage, Claude Prey, Félix Ibbarondo, Ton That Tiêt, Pierre Boulez, Eryck Abecassis, Joshua Fineberg, Favio Daiban, Jean Marc Singier, Martin Matalon, and Peter Eötvos. She is a co-founder of “Odyssée de la harpe”, a festival of new music for the electroacoustic harp in Bourg-la-Reine. She also created the contemporary music competition “Collegium 21”, together with her colleagues in the “Les Signes de l’Arc” association.
Ghislaine’s recordings range from medieval music for Harmonia Mundi, to contemporary music for Deutsche Grammophon. She recently released a CD in homage to Rameau on the Suoni e Colori label.