november, 2018

02nov7:15 pmVANCOUVER - Ensemble Variances @ Music on Main7:15 pm PST Roundhouse Center, 181 Roundhouse Mews, V6Z 2W3

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A concert-ritual : Healing according to Navajo myths and medicine and ancient Dalmatian exorcism

The French group Ensemble Variances is part of the 2018 Music on Main’s Modulus Festival.


At a time when scientific and technological progress is revolutionizing our world and our consumerist society, we seem to be losing touch with it.

The new score by Thierry Pécou, Changing Woman, cantata of the Four Mountains for two contraltos and ensemble, is inspired by his encounter with the culture and spirituality of the Navajo Indians. Their fascinating healing ceremonies have the function of restoring the Hózhó, a word that is difficult to translate: it signifies harmony, balance and beauty. For the Navajos, health has many facets: physical, mental, spiritual and social, because the individual must be cured as well as the entire community, to find a state in which “one feels that everything is in its place”.

Six centuries earlier, Glagolitic clerics of the Dalmatian islands, a kind of half-shamans, half-priests, wrote down a curious mixture of pagan and Christian lore: prayers, exorcisms, formulas of magic and traditional medicine, descriptions of amulets, maledictions for chasing bad spirits or diseases, bad weather and the possessed. Their notebooks full of clumsy drawings are the basis of a new creation by Katarina Livljanić and Ensemble Variances in the form of dramatic miniatures, the musical language inspired by the tradition of the Dalmatian Glagolitic chants. It reminds us of the time when Europe also had a spirituality connected to the earth and nature, and forms a perfect historical counterpart for the Navajo tradition that is still alive today.

This program is designed as a ritual, creating an atmosphere in which the healing powers and wisdom of shamans and priests will be brought to life.

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(Friday) 7:15 pm PST


Roundhouse Center

181 Roundhouse Mews, V6Z 2W3

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