Minsheng WE Theatre: Barbarian Clarinet
Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, AllianceFrancaise Shanghai - Chine
“Dès les premières notes, tous les sens sont en éveil, les barrissements incongrus de la clarinette basse évoquent des contrées lointaines...”
Just with a single clarinet, he then made the live show chain the most varied musical themes, passing from jazzy improvisations to traditional Breton music. This is what Le Télégramme said to Michel Aumont, who is recognized as one of the leaders of the contemporary Brittany music industry.
Although educated under a classical music system, Michel Aumont seems to be more adopted to Brittany music features as sincerity, communication and venture. He is not restricted to interpret the traditional skills; he is always challenging himself to form his own mixed and unique stage style. After 2000, he began to fall in love with bass clarinet, the musical instrument that present more emotion when playing. Because of the special characteristics, he tries to add the elements of the rhythmic Brittany dance into the clarinet play.
Alone on stage, Michel Aumont explores the boundaries of the instrument and draws the public into the universe of his Armorians, where he skillfully uses the bass clarinet and his specially looped live creating a band-like effect. Improvisation and humor, novelty but without losing the rhythm; alchemy takes place on stage just to highlight the original instrumental soundtrack. Also, the saxophone-like instrument frees Michel’s imagination of the stage. Free, wild, swing, change, surprise, just as its name "barbaric clarinet", this live show will be a poetic and fascinating dream full of exotic atmosphere.
“Le souffle. Tout commence par là. Dans les différentes enceintes placées autour de la salle, il transperce, s’adoucit puis devient note et ne s’arrête plus pendant. On se retrouve alors dans un autre monde, une autre dimension, captivé par le musicien seul en scène...”
On September 17th, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and Alliance Française de Shanghai are honored and pleasant to invite Michel Aumont to Shanghai. Music is the most direct way of communicating with people. We can express, pray freely in music and therefore resonate; the rich and different kinds of music will lead us to sincere feelings and imagination. This afternoon let us enjoy the solo scene of Michel Aumont, and follow the artist back to that improvised music jungle.
Clarinetist and composer, Michel Aumont now lives in Saint-Brieuc. After classical studies at the Conservatory of Caen, he knew how to cultivate the pleasure of juggling and bounce where nobody awaits them. The artist relearns the clarinet with the traditional bellmen and places the instrument in the Breton groups.
In the 1980s, he created Quintet Clarinets that counterpointed Breton traditional music with contemporary and improvised music. He recorded two CDs with this formation. In the year 2000, he made the bass clarinet his favorite instrument. Beyond all these encounters and creations, he continues to develop his particular musical group that he calls ArmorigènE. In 2008, he created ArmorigènE Trio. In 2010, he reunited his septet Le Grand Orchestra ArmorigènE with whom he shot and recorded the eponymous album. In 2016, he gathers around a group of 12 clarinetists to bass the confrérie des clars graves.
Alliance Française is a cultural organization devoted to transmit French and French culture to all over the world. Since 1883, it has established nearly a thousand institutions in over 130 countries and districts, becoming the most authorized French training institutions.
Founded in 1992, Alliance Française Shanghai is a sino-foreign cooperative educational institution and a non-profit organization, which belongs to Alliance Français. For more than 20 years, they have been adhering the French traditions, providing authorized French training, transmitting French culture, and encouraging the language and culture communication between China and France.
Our official cooperative partners include Consulate General of the Republic of France in Shanghai, Institut Français de Chine, Campus France, CCI Paris Ile-de-France, Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, Consulate General of Swiss in Shanghai, and Consulates of Belgium in China, etc.
Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum was established by the China Minsheng Bank for the purpose of promoting contemporary art and culture, addressed at No. 1929, Shibo Avenue in Pudong District, Shanghai. Established in 2008, it officially opened in 2010, and moved to Pudong in 2017, merged with 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum. Building a world-class museum is part of the corporate responsibility platform of the China Minsheng Bank in a mission of "bringing art to the public, bringing people into the realm of art".