Tribute to an instrument, tribute to an acoustic space, Procession wishes to reveal the sonic richness of the Royaumont abbey’s Roman organ in conjunction with one of its rooms—the old refectory. The organ rediscovers its primary form; it is not a fixed keyboard instrument any more, but rather an assembly of mobile, independant pipes: four musicians, each one operating a single pipe animated by their own breath, fill the space with harmonies that elude the keyboard’s traditional play. The ‘organists’, traditionally hidden behind their instrument, can now show their human face while leading a procession towards the spectators. Progressively, the sounds will scatter all around, investing the location in all its dimensions like a strong creative breath. The novelty of the playing techniques applied to the Roman organ—in contrast with the instrument’s ancient origins—enable them to breathe a new life into it… From the depths of the XIIth century, a location, an instrument arise again, and let us discover a newly found modernness. Since its creation in the Royaumont abbey in 2002 Procession has been performed by Quasar throughout Canada and in Europe. Each performance has been adapted to the specificities of the different venues. In the MNM 2009 version, Jean-François Laporte incorporates new elements into the piece revealing the very special connexion he shares with Quasar’s musicians.

[iv-09]

Performance