The festival pioneer initiated by the departmental council of Val-de-Marne would have deserved in 2021 to celebrate its 30 years with drums and trumpets. “The silence has lasted too long! “, protests Fabien Simon. The director of Sons d’hiver therefore decided, with his hypermotivated team, not to cancel this edition, but to reinvent it: on the edge of improvisation, with the same magnanimous mastery that has inhabited the invited artists for three decades, this expertise put at the service of art, citizenship, solidarity.
Live, exchanges and residences
Thus, appears on the bill, January 24 at 5 p.m., Odyssey & Legacy, by Afro-American drummer and composer Famoudou Don Moye, with Senegalese griot Dudù Kouaté, double bassist Darryl Hall, polyinstrumentalist Simon Sieger and South African cellist Abel Selaocoe. This creation will be broadcast live (free of charge) on the YouTube channel of the Quai Branly Museum (where it will take place), as well as on the platform Winter Sounds Bandcamp. This is not yet another live on the Net, but a concert enriched, first of all, by an exchange that the historic rhythmist of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago will have with an ethnomusicologist about its relationship with Africa. Then, Internet users will accompany him virtually on his visit to the museum around ancestral instruments.
“The artists need to speak again, to say in music what they feel about the situation and the constraints imposed without consultation by the authorities”, emphasizes Fabien Simon. Artist residences are maintained in partner locations. Their fruits will be accessible to music lovers through various processes. For example, on January 28, in Ivry (at the Antoine-Vitez Theater, with no other public than a limited number of professionals), the cellist and composer Didier Petit will present the culmination of his residency (the Worlds from here), which France Musique will record, then broadcast on February 21 at 10 p.m. in Anne Montaron’s precious show Unexpectedly/ Crossroads of creation. Didier Petit rode “An intercontinental ensemble from here and now, with musicians who, for various reasons, have decided to come and settle in France”. With the worlds here, it pays tribute to the inventiveness of these uprooted people who give flesh and tone to the rhizome identity celebrated by Édouard Glissant.
For the happiness of the hearing and the mind, we will listen and we will offer the people we love the anniversary record, We Have Something To Tell You !!! Essential artists who are loyal to the festival have recorded original pieces, designed for the occasion. “We have something to tell you !!! “, sing, play, whisper, belch, yell – each and every in their own way – the slammer Mike Ladd, the double bassists William Parker and Joëlle Léandre, the flautist Nicole Mitchell, the pianists Bernard Lubat and Eve Risser, etc. Through their sonic effusions, we hear acoustics and electronics kissing or telescope. Suddenly, confinement stops eating us from the inside. And, to use the title of Eve Risser’s improvised piece, we salute Sons d’hiver, its “workers” and “workers” who contribute to “Disagreeing with certainties, connecting minds”.