Date(s) - 27/01/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Calcutta School of Music
Thierry Pécou (1965) initially studied piano at the Conservatoire National de Région de Paris before he went to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) to study orchestration and composition.
Very early in his career, he realised that he needed to find other sources of inspiration than avant-garde and post modernism to be able to realise his dream ‘of making the whole world resonate’. He started looking for a way to restore music to its dimension as ritual, by visiting cultures whose traditions are as remote from the aesthetic history of the Western world as possible. Thierry believes that when music is conceived as a ritual, it will be able to captivate and absorb the listener. During his encounter with Afro-American cults such as the Brazilian candomblé or Amerindian shamanic rituals, he found out that one of the key ingredients to establish that ritualistic dimension is to make the music inseparable from body movement. It does not necessarily needs to be a carefully choreographed dance, simply a gesture or the body language of an instrumentalist will inevitably contribute to the exchange of energy between musicians and audience.
His works are performed and recorded by world class soloists, ensembles and orchestras (Alexandre Tharaud, Hakan Hardenberger, François Leleux, Kronos Quartet, Quatuor Debussy, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France) at festivals and venues all over the world: Festival Présences at Radio France, Umeå Opera in Sweden, Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, the Moscow Autumn Festival, New Music Concerts in Toronto, the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City, Automne en Normandie and the Ambronay Festival in France, the Bath International Music Festival in the UK, the Tampere Choir Festival in Finland, the Shanghai Spring Music Festival in China, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and Izumi Hall Osaka in Japan, the Arsenal de Metz, the Opéra de Rouen Normandie, and the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre de la Ville and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.