A FILETTA

Biography

🟦 Short version

The course of A FILETTA is remarkable. Founded in 1978 in Corsica, this vocal ensemble of 6 singers, after having contributed to the safeguarding of the oral heritage of the island, has produced one of the most daring polyphonic music of the moment. With an incredible inventiveness, their compositions, between East and West, between memory and utopia, restore to Corsica its status as a crossroads in the Mediterranean.
A route marked by important artistic encounters:

  • at the cinema : interpretation of more than ten B.O. of Bruno Coulais, including “Himalaya, the childhood of a chief”, or “Like a magnet”
  • in dance : composition for three choreographies of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, including “Puz / zle”, created at the Festival d’Avignon in 2012
  • at the theater : “Médée” by Jean-Yves Lazennec, etc.
  • creations and shared scene with Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura (Italy), Drums of Kodo (Japan), Danyel Waro (Reunion), Conductus (Italy), Bulgarka Quartet (Bulgaria), Voices of Georgia (Georgia) , Fadia Tomb El-Hage (Lebanon), Gabriel Yacoub (France), The ballets of Monte-Carlo, etc.

🟦 Long version

Since 1978,

– dozens of directories created,

– about fifteen albums,

– 40 to 50,000 spectators a year

The vocal ensemble A FILETTA, founded in 1978, is one of the leading groups of Corsican singing. Today, these singers, who refuse to be the guardians of any temple, cultivate through their compositions, the idea of a prolonged, renewed and open tradition that would be well anchored in the memory but whose developments would be without complexes. Difficult exercise, no doubt, but essential exercise to the permanence of a dream: that of maintaining their enthusiasm while not altering their sincerity.

Collaborations

Composed of six men’s voices, this choir is characterized by an ever renewed inventiveness and a demanding interpretation. He continues the insular oral tradition but is also known for his exploration of other areas of polyphonic singing, notably through creations of contemporary works. The road traveled in more than three decades is rich in experiences and encounters that nourish their creations.

Asked by Bruno Coulais as interpreters for his film scores (“Himalaya, the childhood of a chief”, “The migrating people”, “Don Juan”, “Like a magnet”, etc.), they ventured into more unexpected areas, such as theater or dance. They collaborate with the director Jean-Yves Lazennec for “Médée” of Sénèque. In contemporary dance A FILETTA has participated in three creations of choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui: “In memoriam”, with the Ballets de Monte Carlo, “Apocrifu”, at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, and “Puz / zle”, created in Avignon in 2012.

Their latest musical creations come, for one, from an order of the Saint Denis Festival: “Di Corsica Riposu”, “Requiem for two glances”, for another, from an order from the ÃŽle-de-France Festival , with Lebanese singer Fadia Tomb El-Hage “Conversation (s) – Dialogue between East and West”; and finally, the fruitful meeting with the jazz trumpet player Paolo Fresu and the bandoneonist Daniele di Bonaventura, which resulted in the creations of “Mistico Mediterraneo” and “Danse Mémoire, danse”, in April 2014.

What distinguishes A FILETTA’s approach …

• A contemporary musical proposal, stemming from a very powerful oral tradition, whose singers envisage the extension through a demanding and uninhibited creation.

• A group that, although strongly rooted, has opened up to many other traditions but also to the diversity of genres : theater, cinema, dance ; this allows them to produce numerous repertoires and to collaborate on various works.

• An artistic adventure that has always favored the search for a real development of each on the human level, which has generated a music where the notion of sharing is central.

A FILETTA has been programmed …

In Paris : Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Théâtre de la Ville, Institute of the Arab World, Le Trianon, City of Music, Cour Marly of the Louvre Museum, the Alhambra, the Church of St Germain-des-Prés, Petit Palais, …

In France : Grand Théâtre de Bretagne, Lille Opera, L’Arsenal in Metz, Châteauvallon, La Coursive in La Rochelle, National Theater in Nice, La Filature in Mulhouse, Avignon Festival, Marseille Festival, Les Suds in Arles, Ambronay Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Berlioz Festival, Saint-Denis Festival, Ile-de-France Festival, Montpellier Radio-France Festival, Departmental Theaters of La Reunion, Europajazz, Jazz sous les Pommiers, Marciac …

Abroad : Théâtre de la Monnaie (Brussels), De Singel (Antwerp), Bunkamura Theater (Tokyo), Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Brighton Festival, Bergamo Jazz Festival, Gasteig (Munich), Düsseldorf Festival, Konsert & Kongress (Uppsala), Brave Festival (Wroclaw), Tanzman Festival (Lodz), Parco della Musica (Roma), Sadlers Wells (London), Basel Jazz Festival, Luxembourg City Theater, Festival Grec (Barcelona), Baalbeck International, Festival and Byblos International Festival (Lebanon), Teatro Alfa (Sao Paulo), Festpillene I Bergen, Festival of Helsinki, Oslo World Music Festival, Förde Festival, Colors of Ostrava, Ring Ring Festival (Belgrade), Barbican Center (London), Perth International Arts Festival (Australia), Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Montreal International Jazz Festival (Canada), etc.

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