The Musicatreize ensemble
Musicatreize was founded in 1987 by Roland Hayrabedian. Since then, the ensemble has been promoting the musical repertoire of the 20th century, adding to it new works, juxtaposing eras and styles and establishing a focus for contemporary music in the South of France.
Ensemble of varying dimensions, Musicatreize is a seasoned performer on a wide variety of stages and settings, from the pared-down concert to full musical theatre. Juggling different esthetics, Musicatreize finds links between Roland de Lassus (Prophetiae Sibyllarum) & Maurice Ohana (Office des oracles), Franz Schubert (Gesang der Geister über den Wassern) & Michel Petrossian (Amours sidoniennes) or Clément Janequin (Il estoit une fillette) & Philippe Schoeller (Eros-Songs) or Régis Campo (Secouez-moi).
Musicatreize is dedicated to musical creation without any aesthetic bias, simply seeking a sensitive and original approach, with a Mediterranean spirit. The musical line of thinking ranges from Alberto Posadas to Tapio Tuomela, from Edith Canat de Chizy to Oscar Strasnoy, from Lucien Guérinel to Zad Moultaka or from Gérard Grisey to António Chagas Rosa. Musicatreize often offers young composers their first opportunity to write for a vocal ensemble.
In its more than 30-year history, Musicatreize has created a long-term relationship between musicians and composers. With more than 300 new works, usually organized in cycles (Lullabies, The Seven Tales, Space Odysseys, Priority Voices, Three Detective Cantatas, The Twelve Letters for Elise) and always accompanied by pedagogical activities, Musicatreize has developed a strong network with its public.
In 2007 Musicatreize won the « Victoire de la Musique classique » award. The Ensemble and its Concert Hall will from 2020 National Center for Vocal Art (Centre national d’art vocal / CNAV) coordinating resources and practices in the vocal arts for the South of France.