music and multimedia Andrea Liberovici

Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
directed by Lorraine Vaillancourt

Opening: 11 March 2005 / electroacoustic version
Where: Festival Multiphonies – Sala Olivier Messiaen- Maison de la Radio – Paris
Duration: 15min
Production: Groupe Recherches Musicales – Paris

Opening electroacoustic version plus instrumental ensemble: 5 October 2007
Where: Salle Claude-Champagne – Montréal
Duration: 15 min
Production: Groupe Recherches Musicales – Paris, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne – Montréal


I met him by accident in a restaurant in Saint Germain. We were sitting at neighbouring tables and he was watching me. After a few minutes he asked me: are you a composer or a director? I was tempted to reply: what about you, are you a magician, a police officer or a special correspondent from some high divinity?

That’s how our friendship began, starting from an elective affinity that Ivry in his sensitive and perceptive way intuited in the confused atmosphere of a restaurant.

During our conversation in the restaurant Ivry told me that in the 1972s the composer Bruno Maderna had dedicated to him a piece for solo violin entitled “Pour Ivry“. For some time I have been working on concrete sound material and so I immediately had the idea to make a piece of music based on some free improvisations: this is how “From Ivry” came into being. (…)

It seems to me that I have worked on this project in much the same way as classic portrait painters do: I was close to him day after day, on the lookout for moments of truth in apparently insignificant details. I do not know whether I have succeeded or not, but certainly Ivry’s intense emotion when he heard my “acoustic portrait” for the first time is the most beautiful memory I have of this whole surprising design that began to take shape on the canvas of chance in an Italian restaurant in Saint Germain.

Andrea Liberovici

music and multimedia Andrea Liberovici

Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
directed by Lorraine Vaillancourt

editing video
Fabrizio Ligi Barboni per e-motion srl
Groupe Recherches Musicales – Parigi – Le Nouvel Ensemble Musical – Montreal

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