Created in 2010 by Léo Warynski, Les Métaboles brings together young professional singers specializing in the repertoire for a cappella choirs of the 20th and 21st centuries.
A versatile ensemble, Les Métaboles have originated many commissions and creations since their beginnings. Baroque music is also part of their repertoire and they excel in Haendel’s Dixit Dominus or Bach’s Motets.
Les Métaboles are regularly invited to take part in prestigious festivals in France and in Europe (festival Musica in Strasbourg, festival de Musique ancienne in Ribeauvillé, Musicales de Normandie in Rouen, Saison Musicale de Royaumont, In Sacris in Sofia).
Les Métaboles boast original productions, such as olfactory concerts, combining music with the work of the perfumer Quentin Bisch. Furthermore, the choir has already collaborated with the orchestra Les Siècles under the direction of François-Xavier Roth, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
The first record by the ensemble, “Mysterious Nativity”, released in 2014 under the Brilliant label, was unanimously acclaimed by critics. The second record “Une Nuit Américaine” released in November 2016, under the NoMad Music label, received equally unanimous recognition and established Les Métaboles among the best French choirs.
Thanks to the support of Mécénat Musical Société Générale since 2013, in just a few years, Les Métaboles have truly established themselves on the French musical scene.
The ensemble Les Métaboles receives support from the Fondation Orange, the Sacem and the Spedidam for all its activities.
Great patrons of the ensemble: Mécénat Musical Société Générale and the Caisse des Dépôts.
In 2018, Les Métaboles were awarded the Prix Liliane Bettancourt for choral singing, bestowed in partnership with the Académie des beaux-arts.
The ensemble is a member of the Fédération des Ensembles Vocaux et Instrumentaux Spécialisés (FEVIS).
After 15 years of existence, Multilatérale now fully embraces its multi-faceted identity, cherished dearly by artistic director, Yann Robin.
Dedicated to broadcasting the repertoire for Ensemble and defending a broad variety of aesthetics, Multi- laterale also places emphasis on collaborating with a wide range of artistic elds (musical theatre, dance, digital arts, literature, cinema…). The appointment of Léo Warynski as musical director in 2013 has given the Ensemble a chance to explore a new direction, allowing regular collaborations with Vocal Ensemble Les Métaboles of which Léo Warynski is the musical director as well.
This artistic openness, doubled with a team of curious and committed world-class musicians, provides an ideal space of expression and experimentation for creators eager to curate innovative projects. It’s un- surprising that, throughout the years, the ensemble has developed strong relations with equally bold partners such as Ircam, Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Gmem – French national centre for musical creation – Marseille, La Muse en circuit or the ExperimentalStudio SWR Freibourg. Multilatérale has progressively established itself as one of the leading names in French musical creation, playing at major festivals such as Manifeste, Présences, Musica, Les Musiques and major stages such as the Opéra de Nîmes, the Opéra de Nancy, the Théâtre de Caen, the T2G, the scène nationale de Saint- Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Multilatérale has developed a strong international presence – appearing in festivals such as Cervantino (Mexico), Controtempo (Rome), La Biennale di Venezia, Archipel (Geneva), X-Tract (Berlin), Sinkro (Spain), Sound Ways (Russia) – and a special bond with South East Asia while touring Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia three years in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The Ensemble has also a strong focus on transmission and working with the next generation of composers. Multilatérale has collaborated with numerous composition classes and academies.
After initiating and managing the Université d’Altitude for 3 years, Multilaterale has this year created a new, bi-national, composition university: ARCO (Art, Research and Creation Opus 2019), in partnership with Les Métaboles, Tana string quartet, Gmem-Marseille and Mozarteum Universität – Salzbourg.
The Ensemble Multilatérale receives subventions from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication / Drac Ile-de-France in the form of aid to government-regulated ensembles; Spedidam and SACEM for its overall activity. The Ensemble is a member of FEVIS and the “Futurs composés” network.
THE TANA STRING QUARTET
Tana invent the quartet of the twenty-first century. The are audacious, pioneers and precursors. Tana foresee the new sounds of the modern string quartet.
Recognised by The Guardian as “impeccable players”, the quartet is recipient of an array of international awards, from the Pro Quartet – CEMC foundation in Paris, the Verbier Festival Academy and the Union of Belgian Composers (Fuga Prize), they also received the Octave for best exponents of contemporary music. In 2013, they were honoured at the HSBC EMA Awards and received an invitation to premiere Oracion; a major cross-over project featuring both world and contemporary music, produced by the Abbaye de Royaumont and premiered as part of the Aix-en-Provence festival.
The Tana String Quartet has appeared at prestigious festivals and concert series worldwide including Aix-en-Provence, Berlioz, MUSICA à Strasbourg, La Folle Journée, Saint-Denis, Albi, IRCAM/Manifeste, Musiques du GMEM, Controtempo, Verbier, Ars Musica, Klara, Darmstadt, Faithful in Berlin, Vale of Glamorgan, Girona, San Sebastian, Mostra Sonora/Valencia, Auditorium du Louvre, Cent-Quatre/Radio-France, Villa Medici in Rome, Pharos Foundation in Cyprus, Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall, BOZAR and Auditorium de Dijon. Last season saw them premiere a number of major new works composed for them, including Aracne, by Spanish composer Hector Parra, premiered in Paris (Louvre), and repeated at the Girona Festival and Wigmore Hall in London, and later in 2016 at the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona.
In 2015/2016 the Quartet will make their debut appearances at the Philharmonie de Paris and Concertgebouw in Bruges with the premiere of Yann Robin’s Quartet No 3, which they will also perform at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, together with Hector Parra’s new piece.
Tana is the only European ensemble to have discarded conventional scores to perform from iPads, which they also use to accompany their educational work. A privileged partner with Music Research Centres including: Centre Henri Pousseur in Liège, Belgium; GMEM in Marseille and ArtZoyd in Valenciennes, France, the quartet gave the first ever concert on hybrid instruments, premiering a piece by Peruvian composer Juan Gonzalo Arroyo. The new system is a major contribution to electronic music.
Following the success of their debut recording, the complete string quartet music of French composer Jacques Lenot for the Intrada label, the Quartet continued their eclectic discography with an album devoted to saturated music by Bedrossian, Cendo and Robin, Shadows, released in January 2016, which precedes a second volume for Paraty dedicated to electronic music “VOLTS” available on the 09/09/2017. In the meantime, the quartet has released the complete works for string quartet by Steve Reich for the MegaDisc Classic label, acclaimed by press, receiving CHOC Classica september 2016 and their latest cd “Seven” by Philip Glass is awarded by CHOC Classica 2018.
LÉO WARYNSKI, musical director
Léo Warynski studied conducting with the conductor François-Xavier Roth at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (CNSMDP), as well as with Pierre Cao (Arsys Bourgogne).
He was quickly invited to work with several ensembles, like the Conservatoire Orchestra, the Ensemble Remix, Ensemble Modern, the WDR Cologne Orchestra or the choir Accentus.
Versatile conductor he led recently the resumption of Ring Saga (The ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner, in the version of Jonathan Dove and Graham Vick) at the Teatro Valli of Reggio Emilia with the ensemble Remix, the Accentus choir ensemble in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra Comique, as well as the creations and repeats of Aliados, opera of Sebastian Rivas (National Opera of Nancy, Theatre of Nîmes, Thatre of Caen), and Mitsou, history of a cat, opera by Claire – Mélanie Sinnhuber, at the festival Musica of Strasbourg.
As a lover of vocal art, singing as a treble during his childhood at the Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar, he founded and is currently music director of the choir Les métaboles.