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Halla San

Since the year of China in France in 2004 the Percussions Claviers de Lyon have continued to develop international artistic exchanges with artists, teachers, venues and festivals, particularly in Asia.

In 2016, the Percussions Claviers de Lyon will perform a programme in collaboration with French composer Arnaud Petit and Korean composer Choe Uzong.

The challenge for Halla San, Korean Chronicles by Nicolas Bouvier is principally to produce andpromote a previously unheard concert programme and to premier a work inspired by the Pansori tradition, the Korean art of song, and by author-traveller Nicolas Bouvier’s incredible text. Arnaud Petit,a student of Pierre Boulez trained at the National Conservatory in Paris has been working with the Percussions Claviers de Lyon since January 2015 to bring this totally new composition to life, withthe words of Nicolas Bouvier, the sounds of the ensemble and a Korean soprano.

Korean composer Uzong Choe was trained at the National University of Seoul and the Paris Conservatory and is the artistic director of the TIMF Ensemble. His works are at the crossroads of twomusical traditions. For this project he proposes an adaptation of a recent work based on Gagok orMinyo, two traditional forms of Korean song. He is to be in residency in France with the PercussionsClaviers de Lyon in June 2015.

These two pieces are part of a programme that includes works from the Western repertoire that wereinspired by the East, as for example Claude Debussy’s Préludes.

All of the works on the programme are interpreted by an ensemble that includes a vocal soloist andthe five members of the Percussions Claviers de Lyon. On stage, les majestic instruments of thePercussions Claviers de Lyon surround the soprano. Listeners are fascinated by this unique concertthat is presented with an innovative stage setting and lighting that highlights the meeting of Frenchand Korean imagination.

Gilles Dumoulin

Halla San - Arnaud Petit - creation inspired by the form of the Pansory
with Yuree Jang, soprano

Four Preludes - Claude Debussy - transcription by Gérard Lecointe
Preludes - Uzong Choe - transcription by Gilles Dumoulin

Musical proposition : Gilles Dumoulin
Performance length : 1h
Coproduction : Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Le Théâtre de la Renaissance.