LUCILIN IN THE CITY #1 - In the Light of Air

LUCILIN IN THE CITY #1 - In the Light of Air

From January 2023 onwards, United Instruments of Lucilin offers a new concert series: each month another programme curated by a member of the ensemble, highlighting the musical personalities that make up Lucilin and more generally, the extent and great diversity of the contemporary music repertoire.

Named "Lucilin in the city", the series aims, with one event per month in a different location each time, to pursue Lucilin's desire to open up today's music to all types of spaces, and thus allow listeners to have an ever-renewed concert experience.

The first event of this series will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 5:00 pm, in the Église Saint-Michel. 

Danielle Hennicot, violist of the ensemble, has conceived a program around two major composers, Icelandic Anna Thorvaldsdottir (In the Light of Air, for ensemble and electronics) and Finnish Kaija Saariaho (Vent Nocturne, for viola and electronics), whose works, strongly inspired by the adoration of nature, silence or the sounds of the wind, promise a musical experience with meditative virtues.

"The world of Anna Thorvaldsdottir (*1977) has been calling to me for some time. Anna grew up surrounded by mountains and the ocean in a small town in southwest Iceland, and says she is inspired in large part by nature. Her piece In the Light of Air (Luminance/Serenity/Existence/Remembrance) invites contemplation and is reminiscent of Iceland's unique desert landscape. "Soloistic with calm & ease and subtle sense of brokeness" is an atmospheric indication to a certain lyrical passage in the score. To accentuate the meditative and poetic character of the piece, the composer provides a light installation.

To complete the program, I chose another piece by a Nordic composer, the Finnish Kaija Saariaho. "Vent Nocturne" is a piece in two parts (Dark Mirrors/Souls of the Dark) for viola and electronics. The composer was inspired by reading a bilingual edition of Georg Trakl's poems. The synchronicity of the two languages suggested to her the relationship between viola and electronics. The sound of the viola, according to her, is reminiscent of the breath, which, along with the wind, are the major elements of the electronic part.

The Église Saint-Michel seemed to me the ideal place for this concert." 

Danielle Hennicot, violist and founding member of United Instruments of Lucilin


Kaija Saariaho: Vent Nocturne

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: In the Light of Air


Danielle Hennicot, viola

Pierre Fourcade, cello

Pascal Meyer, piano

Dina Nimax, harp

Guy Frisch, percussion

Useful information


Eglise Saint-Michel (Luxembourg-Ville)
Rue Sigefroi


Sunday 22.01.2023
17H00 - 18H00


Normal, Normal, Normal 10 €
Student, Students, Étudiants 5 €


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