Percussionist Maxime Echardour and I first worked together with our respective ensembles EXAUDI and L'Instant Donné. In 'To The People' we explore duo repertoire of an experimental nature from either side of the Channel; the main focus of the programme is a large-scale commission by Andrew Hamilton which sets text from America by Jean Baudrillard.
Christopher Fox The True Standard Advanced
Gérard Pesson Mobile Homme (wp)
Benedict Mason Dreams that do what they're told
Andrew Hamilton To The People (wp)
Juliet Fraser | soprano
Maxime Echardour | percussion
SOUND Scotland, Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen: 30 October
Kammer Klang, Café Oto, London (Hamilton only): 4 November
19 Paul Fort, Paris: 12 November
York University: 10 February
Huddersfield University (with student works): 12 February
This project was generously supported by the Arts Council Ireland, RVW Trust and the Holst Foundation.
Maxime Echardour studied percussion, zarb and piano at the CNR de Rueil-Malmaison, CNSMD de Lyon and subsequently at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. In 2003, he joined L’Instant Donné, the Paris-based ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of contemporary chamber music. Working without a conductor, L’Instant Donné is formed of nine musicians (flute, oboe, clarinet, harp, piano, percussion, violin, viola and cello) and regularly appears at festivals such as Festival d’Automne (Paris), ManiFeste (Paris), Wittener Tage, Manchester International Festival, Musikprotokoll (Graz), Musica Strasbourg, and is Ensemble-in-Residence at Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse). Maxime is a permanent member of Ensemble Khaps, which is dedicated to traditional music and formed of musicians from Africa, Japan and Europe, and for ten years he also had a percussion trio, Trio de Bubar, which devoted itself to improvised works. Maxime has performed as a guest artist with KammerKonzert Holland, Opéra de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble Hostel Dieu, and Ensemble intercontemporain.