The members of the Garenne group, who are also members of the Collectif La Crue, are committed to bridging the gap between traditional music and contemporary perspectives.
Since 2009, the Garenne duo has brought together Noëlli Nioulou (cello, violin, viola da gamba, vocals, podorythmie – aka foot tapping music) and Clémence Cognet (violin, vocals, podorythmie), offering acoustic and spicy interpretations of the popular violin repertoires of the Massif Central (highland region in south-central France). At a ball, they deploy an indomitable energy based on rich timbres and a fierce cadence. During concerts, the thickness of their sound is at the service of a powerful and refined music.
Combining their musical roots with contemporary, experimental, baroque or improvised music, La Crue wishes to be a space for collective reflection around these possible crossovers, while cultivating a taste for powerful aesthetics, conducive to a state of jubilation, intoxication or oblivion.
Combining traditional practices and contemporary perspectives, the collective is helping to promote the intangible cultural heritage of the regions from which its artists draw their musical inspiration, while at the same time displaying activist values that contribute to the identification, emergence, networking and visibility of professional musicians and artists.
They wrote a fantastic article on the subject: "Nous ne sommes pas des figures de proue" (We are not figureheads), which appeared in the 5th issue of the (equally fantastic) music fanzine Ventoline.
With Leslie Doumerx and Carine Demange from Radio Campus, we'll be talking to them about what it means to make traditional music today, before enjoying their concert.