C o n t e m p o r a r y
at La Maison Française
"[Court-Circuit’s performance was] a flamboyant and yet restrained rendering that made transparent the very mechanics of the composer’s work." — ResMusica
P. Manoury - Michigan trio, for clarinet, violon, piano
R. Reynolds - imAge and imagE, for piano solo
P. Hurel - ... à mesure, for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violon, cello
R. Reynolds - imAge and imagE, cello solo
G. Grisey - Talea, for flute, clarinet, piano, violon, cello
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In French, "court-circuit" refers to a "short circuit" — and while this electrical mishap usually indicates that something has gone awry, for the Court-Circuit ensemble, it instead encompasses a charged flow of artistic adventurousness that surveys the boundaries of contemporary music.
Founded in 1991 by Philippe Hurel and Pierre-André Valade and composed entirely of virtuoso musicians, Court-Circuit was quickly recognized as one of Europe’s most outstanding new music ensembles. It has premiered the works of many notable modern composers — including Murail, Jarrell, Leroux, Matalon, Hurel, Lanza, Wallin, D'Adamo, Markéas, Fineberg, Reynolds, and Hervé — and has performed at important European festivals and French musical institutions such as Radio France, the Paris Opéra, and the Cité de la Musique. Court-Circuit is also involved in interdisciplinary projects, frequently taking part in Paris Opéra ballet premieres, the Ciné-concert Paris, and films with musical accompaniment at the Louvre Museum.
Active educators, the members of Court-Circuit ensemble are regular workshop collaborators with the Conservatoire de Paris. As a member of the Integra project, they are also among those European artists working to create an environment that encourages the composition and sharing of music with electronics. The ensemble has recorded works by Murail, Leroux, Blondeau, Grisey, D'Adamo, Hurel, Fineberg, Reynolds, Matalon and Hervé.
Public parking is available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital’s pay lot. Select events may have an option of limited parking on the premises (pre-pay only - not available at the door). This option will be listed as a separate item on your online ticket purchase.