Nomadic Night

Éliane Radigue

Rétrospective OCCAM OCEAN #2

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Location: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, view access map
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About the event

In the presence of Éliane Radigue. Co-conception of the program: Carol Robinson.
With: Ensemble Dedalus (baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and guitar) and Ensemble Klang (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trombone, electric guitar, piano and percussion).

After several collaborations with pioneering electroacoustic composer Éliane Radigue, the Nomadic Nights are pleased to present the very first retrospective devoted to her OCCAMs. Fascinating instrumental pieces, which she refers to as her “sound fantasies”; bespoke compositions are created in collaboration with her performers. This program has been designed with Éliane Radigue and Carol Robinson especially for the Fondation Cartier.


  • OCCAM HEPTA I (28’), Ensemble Dedalus: Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, Christian Pruvost, Thierry Madiot, Silvia Tarozzi, Cyprien Busolini, Deborah Walker, Didier Aschour (baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and guitar)
  • OCCAM HEXA V (Éliane Radigue & Carol Robinson) (31'), Ensemble Klang: Michiel van Dijk, Erik-Jan de With, Anton van Houten, Pete Harden, Saskia Lankhoorn, Joey Marijs (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trombone, electric guitar, piano and percussion)


Éliane Radigue (born in 1932, in Paris) is renowned for her electronic music, produced with feedbacks and reinjections, and in particular with the ARP 2500 synthesizer. Her compositions are defined by micro-events due to subtle changes in harmonics that dance above a seemingly static tone. The result is deeply moving. In 2005, Radigue began to compose for acoustic instruments with fellow musicians, first with Naldjorlak, her masterpiece for two basset horns and cello, and later with OCCAM OCEAN, her endless cycle. These new works have been presented in museums, concert halls and festivals in the world... She recently received a special mention from the jury of the Evens Foundation and the Giga-Hertz Award from the ZKM in Germany as well as the Open Oor Composition Prize in the Netherlands.

Carol Robinson is a Franco-American composer and clarinetist specializing in experimental creation. She performs in major international venues and festivals, and regularly collaborates with choreographers, photographers and musicians from various backgrounds. She is the author of some sixty works for various formations, which often incorporate electronics. Besides her own music, her recent discography includes those of great contemporary composers, alternative rock, jazz and classical music. Carol Robinson has worked closely with Éliane Radigue since 2006.

Founded in 1996 by Didier Aschour, Dedalus is a contemporary music ensemble based in Toulouse and associated with the GMEA – National Center for Musical Creation in Albi-Tarn. An advocate of free instrumentation scores born from contemporary experimental music, Dedalus functions as a collective where the arrangements, orchestrations, and interpretations are developed together. The ensemble’s repertoire includes minimalist classics, compositions from the Wandelweiser movement, as well as pieces by independent composers and commissions from a new generation of composers.

Founded in The Hague in 2003, Ensemble Klang’s innovative programmes, their commissioning of work from some of the most exciting composers working today, and the inception of their own record label, has seen them quickly rise to become one of the top ensembles in the Netherlands’ rich contemporary music scene. Performing without a conductor, a typical Ensemble Klang programme combines complex music requiring virtuosic accuracy and breathtaking musical risk. They are born collaborators, and participate in music theatre, site-specific and dance projects almost every season. Klang members feel equally at home in the concert hall, in the open air at a festival or at a pop venue.

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Estimated duration: 1h.
Doors open at 7pm.
Seated show, subject to availability.
Concert in the garden of the Fondation Cartier, consider covering yourself warmer if necessary.
Nomadic Nights begin at the time indicated: latecomers will only be allowed entry if this does not disturb the show.
The exhibition Ron Mueck will not be accessible during the Nomadic Night.