AYAME Ensemble Baroque

Musical Portrait

Sunday 28 June 2020 • 1.30 p.m. • 30' • Closed doors
Bocholtz, Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen

L'Apothéose de Nadar

In his time, Nadar was known as a great portrait photographer. In his studio he brought together French politicians, actors, musicians and poets such as C. P. Baudelaire, F. List and G. Sand immortalizing them in captivating portraits. Until photography was invented in the 1820s, painting and sculpting were the most popular methods of making portraits. Meanwhile, there was also a trend of musical portraiture in the first half of the eighteenth century in Paris. As François Couperin wrote below in the preface to his Premier livre de pièces de clavecin (1713): "J'ai toujours eu objet, en composant toutes ces pièces" and "il est bon d’avertir que les pièces qui les portent , son des espèces de portraits qu’on a trouvé quelquefois assez ressemblants sous mes doigts”; many composers tried to embody the character of people (often friends) in their musical works and named this work after that particular person. In this program, AYAME Baroque Ensemble delves into the world of musical representations by examining portraits of Couperin, Duphly, Lullyand others, represented by French composers.

AYAME Ensemble Baroque consists of Japanese musicians who specialize in the repertoire of 18th-century music which possess a spirit of 'conversations galantes et amusentes'. AYAME has been already invited to several famous music festivals in Belgium, Italy and Japan. They were also selected for the International Young Artist Presentation 2019 in Antwerp.


Maya Nozaki, baroque flute - Marie Toriu, baroque violin - Sayuri Nagoya, harpsichord

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