Soundinitiative comprises eleven musicians from France, Australia, China, Italy, Poland and the United States who have each forged their own careers, both in France and abroad, as soloists and chamber musicians. Their mix of backgrounds affords the group a rich collective musical insight encompassing myriad cultures, musical languages and musical experiences.Since its formation in Paris in 2011, the group's activity has centered around the interpretation of contemporary repertoire, close collaboration with established and emerging composers to create new pieces, and the development of musical events with a strong emphasis on scenography. The ensemble has built a strong audience base through their innovative programming, and strong stage presence that combines physical and visual interaction with the space, audience, projected video/sound, movement and text.
Before he was a singer, Claude Nougaro was a poet. Remarkable for his lyrics of jazz standards, he was also a soloist of stories. He loved words and managed to describe a place, a gesture, an emotion as a person. These are the facets of the singer that we have tried to highlight by original arrangements and choice of songs, though sometimes difficult to choose. Tender and spicy at the same time, Nougaro, les mots is an invitation to rediscover this great poet in an original formation (song-cello-guitar-trumpet-percussion) enhancing his texts in an acoustic and intimate atmosphere ...
Francis Laffon is an invitation to rediscover is singer-songwriter. From his former job, journalism (at the newspaper "l'Alsace", where he was correspondent in Paris, then editor), he keeps a writing that often evokes that of reporting. In a very warm voice, he addresses multiple themes, social, political or more intimate. With gravity or lightness, and with tenderness and humor for major tone, let's discover his songs. The music, mainly jazzy, are worn by Antoine DELPRAT on piano and Amos MAH or Louise LEVERD on cello, three artists with proven talents. Guaranteed emotions in this "Tour ... FL" - FL as his initials and with a nod to the famous metal monument -, staged by Bernard Bloch.
In 2011, the harpist Jehanne Drai and the cellist Louise Leverd created the Harpocello project to offer their audience a repertory of pieces of the 19th and 20th centuries, mixing the crystalline and delicate sound of the harp with the deep and warm embrace of the cello.They opted for lyrical repertoire (with works such as the Le Cygne of Saint-Saëns or La Pièce en forme d’Habanera de Ravel) which demonstrates the elegance of their two instruments.Their concerts are also an invitation to travel. The public finds themselves in Armenia (Ganatchian), then Italy (Bellini), crossing over to Spain (J. Nin) and being transported by the perfect harmony that forms between the two instruments, the two musicians on stage, and their desire to share a magical moment.
In addition to her acting career, Louise Leverd also teaches cello and gives chamber music lessons.Through the different educational experiences she has gained (such as internships, meetings, workshops with the different projects in which she played, or as a teacher in music schools and conservatory) she has developed a teaching method open to all, based on listening to oneself and others.Learning through knowing each other, being able to use the cello to express oneself, and having fun while making music are the objectives sought by Louise Leverd during her classes.