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Jacques Moderne

8th March at 19,00 Church of St. John

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Ensemble Jacques Moderne

Founded by the musicologist and choirmaster Jean-Pierre Ouvrard, the JACQUES MODERNE ENSEMBLE is a professional ensemble, which varies in size according to requirements, comprising up to twenty musicians and instrumentalists as well as its sixteen singers choir, specialising in music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This ensemble is conducted by Joël Suhubiette since 1993.

Faithful to its origins as a university ensemble, musicological and historical research play an important part, and its repertoire is devoted to rare or rarely performed works, such as the intermezzos from La Pellegrina, Cavalli's Vespers, the Tenebrae Responses by Pomponio Nenna, François Regnard's Novae Sacrae Cantiones,  Motets by Marco da Gagliano and Motets by Giovanni Bassano, Orféo, Vespers and Selva Morale by Monteverdi, and all the polyphonies a capella of the French, English, Spanish and Italian renaissance.. 

In 2000, the JACQUES MODERNE ENSEMBLE has performed the St Matthew Passion by Bach (Orléans, Tours, Montargis). In these revivals the JACQUES MODERNE ENSEMBLE works with soloists including Marie-Cristina KIEHR, Dominique VISSE and the Clement JA.NEQUIN Ensemble, Gilles RAGON, Noémie  RIME and Guillemette LAURENS, Isabelle POULENARD.

Each revival is prepared with the greatest of care. The Ensemble receives the advice of numerous researchers from France and abroad, and has worked in close collaboration with the CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC in Tours.

The JACQUES MODERNE ENSEMBLE appears regularly in its native Touraine as well as in the rest of France, and takes part in many festivals both at home and abroad: International Festival of Sacred Music, Lourdes; Festival of Sacred Music, Paris; International Early Music Festival, Lanvellec; Festivals of Early Music, Prague (Czech Republic), Ferrara, Piacenza and Parma (Italy), and in a lot of French festivals of early music (Festival des Cathédrales de Picardie, Noirlac, Orléans, Aubazine, St Jean de Luz, Toulouse, Nantes, Guérande etc...)  

The Ensemble has also performed at the French Senate, and at the Bourges Cathedral in celebration of its listing as World Heritage by Unesco. He has also sung for the coming of Queen Elisabeth II of England at the Blois's Castle and many times for the president of the French Republic François Mitterand.

In 2002, The Ensemble has been invited in Germany (Dresden) for the Schütz Festival and in the United States (Boston, Providence...).

The Ensemble has recorded many discs for the Calliope Label (Harmonia Mundi). Many of theses records were primed by the press ( "Le Monde de la Musique », Diapason, Classica, Répertoire, etc...). He was also primed at the "Premio Internazionale del Disco Antonio Vivaldi 1997" for the record of Bassano's Motets.

In April 2007, the JACQUES MODERNE ENSEMBLE has performed the St John Passion by Bach with Les Folies Françoises (Patrick Cohën-Akenine). This French tour, under the lead of Joël Suhubiette, ended in Paris with a concert in the prestigious Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

The JACQUES MODERNE ENSEMBLE is supported by the Conseil régional du Centre and the City of Tours, the Conseil Général d'Indre-et-Loire, the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles du Centre and the Caisse des Dépôts. It is a member of the Fédération des Ensembles Vocaux et Instrumentaux Spécialisés (FEVIS).


 Joël Suhubiette

Joël Suhubiette studied the piano, singing and early music and quickly developed a strong interest in choral repertoires. He first sang with Les Arts Florissants and then met Philippe Herreweghe and his ensembles - the Chapelle Royale and the Collegium vocale de Gand - with whom he sang for twelve years. Meeting this master proved a decisive moment for him when he was able to work on a great repertoire of four centuries of choral music. He played the role of assistant with both these choirs for eight years between 1990 and 1998. He learned a lot over these years. During this time Joël Suhubiette explored the a cappella repertoire with his own two choirs, Les Eléments in Toulouse and the Jacques Moderne Ensemble in Tours for early music.

Les Eléménts Chamber Choir was created in 1997 and is made up of between 20 and 40 professional singers. Joël Suhubiette spent a lot of his time exploring the contemporary creations and rich repertoires of the Twentieth Century. He knows that a lot of today's composers are interested in the choir as an "instrument". He is working towards making the choir a quality tool ready to face today's music. He mixes new and traditional repertoire music and regularly commissions several French composers. He is also very attached to a cappella choir music.

Since 1993 Joël Suhubiette is conducting the Jacques Moderne Ensemble in Tours and continues the reproduction of early repertoire that he has sung so much. The ensemble's specialities are the polyphony of the XVIth Century and the works of the early Baroque period. It also plays the great composers of the French, Flemish, Spanish and Italian Renaissances, as well as German and Italian music of the XVIIth Century.

Joël Suhubiette has made many recordings with these two ensembles, for numerous record labels and in particular with Hortus, Calliope, Virgin Classics, Lygia Digital and Naïve.

Other French ensembles often invite him to conduct oratorio repertoires. He has conducted l'Orchestre de Chambre National de Toulouse, l'Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, l'Orchestre Baroque de Montauban, l'ensemble Ars Nova....

Since 1998 he has been invited by the Festival de Saint-Céré and the Lyrique Opéra Eclaté Company to conduct a series of operas by Mozart (The Mariage of Figaro, the Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and the Abduction from the Seraglio.

In December 1999, he conducted the French creation of Silbersee by Kurt Weill at the Opera House in Massy. He has been invited by the Dijon Opera House to conduct Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute along with Offenbach's La Belle Helene in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, Joël Suhubiette has united both his ensembles and opened the Toulouse les Orgues Festival. In April 2007, Joël Suhubiette conducted the St John Passion by Bach, among others in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, with the Jacques Moderne Ensemble and Les Folies Françoises (Patrick Cohen-Akenine).

The French Academy of Arts has awarded the Liliane Bettencourt Choral Music Price to Les Eléments Chamber Choir in 2005. Les Eléments Choir Chamber has been awarded the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2006 in the category "Ensemble of the Year".


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