Compositions collectives / interprètations / improvisation

claviers & percussions

Jeanne Larrouturou | Anne Briset | Viva Sanchez Reinoso | Alexandra Bellon


Formé en 2010 à Genève, l’Ensemble Batida est un collectif de musiciens, percussionnistes et claviéristes, avides d’exploration. De projet en projet, les imaginaires qu’ils font lever mêlent la force acoustique des instruments percussifs au spectre sonore élargi des musiques électroniques.  Ils fréquentent tant la musique contemporaine écrite que l’improvisation, produisent des concerts ou des objets scéniques transdisciplinaires, et ne se donnent que peu de limites dans leurs expérimentations. Leurs concerts-concepts se déplient comme des architectures poétiques, générant des installations singulières, des instruments inventés, des configurations insolites.

Leurs objets discographiques sont la représentation matérielle de leurs explorations artistiques. Tant le CD Monographie Martin Matalon, pièces de répertoire  du XXIè siècle, que les vinyles et flexi-discs OBLIKVAJ, trajectoire oblique entre les dessinateurs du collectif Hécatombe et les musiciens de l’Ensemble Batida, ou encore la K7 VESADI, soirée d’improvisation sur partitions graphiques lors du Festival Le Monstre 2018. Leur dernier CD, paru en 2021 sous le label VDE Gallo, regroupe leur version de la pièce de musique minimaliste répétitive « IN C » de Terry Riley et la composition originale « Hydr-X », dans un diptyque appartenant à leur cycle DOUBLE-FACE.

«Virtuose de la fusion des timbres», selon le critique musical du quotidien Le Monde Pierre Gervasoni, ils savent explorer l’infiniment petit au cœur du son, et pratiquer une orfèvrerie de pointe. Parmi les distinctions reçues, ils obtiennent en 2018 le soutien de la bourse culturelle de la fondation Leenaards. En live, le public est saisi par leur énergie scénique et leur osmose musicale, qualités qu’ils mettent au service de pièces du répertoire ou de projets collaboratifs avec d’autres disciplines.

BATIDA, c’est un cocktail explosif, c’est la constance des basses, c’est le bourdonnement harmonique de la matière qui se propage en vibrations.

Membres actuels :
Percussions : Alexandra Bellon, Anne Briset, Jeanne Larrouturou
Claviers : Viva Sanchez

Membres passés :
Claviers : Raphaël Krajka – jusqu’en 2021

 

ENGLISH BIOGRAPHY

Young and dynamic, the Ensemble Batida is made up of five musicians wishing to devote themselves to quality contemporary works. They regularly commission works, which are premiered by the group. Currently, nine works by Swiss, French and Russian composers are being written for the group.


A collective of five musicians — percussionists and pianists — eager to explore: Alex-andra Bellon, Anne Briset, Raphaël Krajka, Jeanne Larrouturou, and Viva Sanchez Reino-so. From project to project, the fantasies they raise combine the acoustic power of percus-sive instruments with the broad sound spectrum of electronic music. They frequently cre-ate concerts and transdisciplinary stage performances, performing written contemporary music and improvisations with no limits in their experiments. Their concert-concepts unfold like poetic architectures, generating singular installations, invented instruments and unu-sual configurations. “Virtuoso of the fusion of timbres”, according to music critic Pierre Gervasoni of Le Monde, Batida knows how to explore the infinitely miniscule that lies at the heart of sound, as if practicing advanced goldsmithing.

Their discographic objects are the material representation of their artistic mix:
— Monographie Martin Matalon, 21st century repertoire pieces, self-produced CD, 2016
— OBLIKVAJ, an oblique trajectory between the visual artists of the Hécatombe collective and the musicians of the Ensemble Batida, vinyl, flexi-discs and books, éd. Hécatombe, 2018
— VESADI, an evening of improvisation on graphic scores during the Festival Le Monstre, tape, recorded by Zer Cheun, edited by Hécatombe, 2018.

In their live concerts, the audience is captivated by their scenic energy and musical os-mosis, qualities that they put at the service of repertoire pieces or contemporary collabora-tive projects, often multidisciplinary. Among the distinctions received, in 2018 they obtained the support of the Leenaards Foundation’s cultural scholarship. Batida, in the constancy of the basses and in its harmonic humming material, is a vibrating, explosive sound cocktail.

The group was recorded by the DRS 2 during the first edition of the Adelboden Festival, by Espace 2 at the Jardins Musicaux 2014, with Martin Matalon’s “Le Scorpion” as well as in 2017 for its concert at the Société de Musique Contemporaine de Lausanne, and was invited by the programme “Tribunes de Jeunes musiciens” for a live concert at the Studio Ansermet in Geneva in April 2016. The Ensemble has been programmed in prestigious festivals: at the Chamber Music Circle in Andermatt (CH), at the “ReMusik” festival in St-Petersburg (RU), at the biennale for new music and architecture “ZeitRäume” in Basel (CH), at Les Aubes Musicales and Les Athénéennes in Geneva (CH), at the “Piano décalé” festival in Lyon (FR), at Why Note in Dijon (FR), at Festival de la Cité in Lausanne (CH) as well as Festival D’Aujourd’hui à Demain in Cluny (FR).

As a counterpoint to contemporary music, the musicians collaborate with choreographer Jens van Daele (Belgium) during the Opening of the 2012 JOMBA Contemporary Dance Festival (South Africa), then create the show “Spring Tide” 2013 for a 26 dates tour in Holland, and recreate “Battre le Fer/Battre le Noir” at the Galpon Theatre (Geneva) in March 2014. They also have work with the artists of the “Luciole Écarlate” for the musical creation of the show “Haïku” based on an ancestral Japanese tale (puppets and shadow theatre).