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HYOID Voices

Direction artistique: Fabienne Seveillac & Andreas Hallinghttp://www.hyoidvoices.com

HYOID est un groupe bruxellois de chanteur.se.s solistes de formation classique spécialisé.e.s en répertoire contemporain et performance transdisciplinaire. Le groupe, à géométrie variable, s’efforce de défier et d’élargir les formats de concerts traditionnels, tout en cultivant des partenariats étroits avec les compositeurs, interprètes et artistes de sa génération. Ils chantent a cappella ainsi qu’avec instruments, bande et/ou électronique. HYOID (/ˈhaɪɔɪd /) tire son nom de l’os hyoïde, un os en forme de U qui aide à la diction, à la déglutition et à la respiration; le seul os flottant librement dans le corps humain.

Leurs performances récentes incluent des salles et des festivals tels que Manifeste au 104 (Paris), Muziekcentrum de Bijloke (Gand), November Music (Den Bosch, NL), HCMF (Huddersfield, UK), Transit festival (Leuven) ou le GAIDA festival (Lituanie). HYOID a reçu les éloges de la critique pour A History of the Voice de la compositrice irlandaise Jennifer Walshe, créée au Transit (Festival 20.21, Leuven, BE) en 2017, reprise en 2020 au GAIDA Festival (Vilnius, LT) et au Muziekcentrum De Bijloke. En 2018, HYOID se produit avec la compagnie Ontroerend Goed dans Loopstation à Vooruit (Gand) et au KVS / Klara Festival (Bruxelles).

En 2020, HYOID a été ensemble invité par l’Opera Vlaanderen pour A Symphony of Expectation, une performance mise en scène par Krystian Lada avec Sinfonia de Luciano Berio. HYOID a également créé newpolyphonies, une collaboration avec Myriam Van Imschoot, à de Bijloke (Gand), ainsi que GAME 245: “The Mirror Stage” de Bernhard Lang, en partenariat avec l’IRCAM, à Transit (Leuven). En 2021 HYOID tourne ses collaborations avec Jennifer Walshe, Myriam Van Imschoot et Bernhard Lang et vient de donner la première de Journal d’un usager de l’espace avec le chorégraphe Benjamin Vandewalle, le Centre Henri Pousseur et la compositrice Maija Hynninen.

​Entre autre projets pour 2022 et 2023, HYOID rechantera Sinfonia de Berio avec le Antwerp Symphony orchestra, montera A-Ronne de Berio avec une mise en scène de Joris Lacoste, créera WORK SONGS avec Halory Goerger et Christopher Trapani, et fin 2023, RELICS: deux nouveaux cycles de Mauro Lanza avec l’ensemble Spectra. GAME 245: “The Mirror Stage” sortira en 2022 sur le label KAIROS.

HYOID reçoit le soutien de la communauté flamande, IMPULS Neue Musik, et le Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.
En septembre 2020, l’ensemble est devenu artiste en résidence au Muziekcentrum de Bijloke (Gand).

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HYOID is a Brussels-based group of classically trained vocal soloists specialized in new music and transdisciplinary performance. The group strives to challenge and expand traditional concert formats, while cultivating close partnerships with composers, performers and artists of its generation. They perform a cappella as well as with instruments, tape or electronics, and adapt their line-up to each production. HYOID (/ˈhaɪɔɪd/) gets its name from the U-shaped hyoid-bone, a bone helping with diction, swallowing and breating; the only free-floating bone in the human body.

Recent performances include venues and festivals such as the Manifeste festival opening at the 104 (Paris), De Bijloke (Gent), November Music (Den Bosch, NL), HCMF (Huddersfield, UK), Transit festival at STUK (Leuven) and GAIDA festival in Vilnius (Lithuania). In 2017, HYOID received critical acclaim for ‘A History of the Voice’ by Irish composer Jennifer Walshe, premiered at Transit (Festival 20·21, Leuven, BE). The following year, HYOID performed in theatre group Ontroerend Goed’s ’Loopstation’ at Vooruit (Gent) and at KVS/Klara Festival (Brussels).

In 2020, HYOID was invited by Opera Vlaanderen to perform Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia in the frame of the production A Symphony of Expectation, a performance directed by Krystian Lada. The same year, HYOID also premiered newpolyphonies, a collaboration with Myriam Van Imschoot, at Muziekcentrum De Bijloke (Ghent), as well as GAME 245 “The Mirror Stage” by Bernhard Lang, in partnership with IRCAM, at Transit festival (Leuven).

In 2021, HYOID premiered Journal d’un usager de l’espace, based on George Perec’s Espèces d’espaces, with choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle, Centre Henri Pousseur and composer Maija Hynninen at Kaaithater in Brussels. In parallel, HYOID continues touring its collaborations with Jennifer Walshe, Myriam Van Imschoot and Bernhard Lang.

In the 2022-2023 season and beyond, HYOID will again perform Berio’s Sinfonia, this time with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and premiere a new performance built around Berio’s A-Ronne with Filip Rathé, directed by Joris Lacoste. The following seasons will, among other things, include a collaboration with Halory Goerger as well as two new cycles by Mauro Lanza, again with Filip Rathé and his ensemble, Spectra.

The ensemble has received grants and support from IMPULS Neue Musik, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and the Flemish government. From the season 20/21, HYOID is artist-in-residence at De Bijloke, Gent.
​Artistic direction: Fabienne Seveillac & Andreas Hallinghttp://www.hyoidvoices.com

Fiona Monbet

Guest Conductor & Artist in Residence – Orchestre National de Bretagne (Rennes, since 2020

Music Director – Ensemble Miroirs Etendus (company in residence at thel Opéra de Rouen Normandie, at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, supported by the Opéra de Lille, since 2016)

Artistic Advisor et Associate Artist – La Brèche Festival (Aix-les-Bains, since 2017)

Born 1989 (Aged 30)

Fiona Monbet is a Franco-Irish artist, violinist, composer and orchestral conductor. After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Fiona became involved with orchestral conducting. In parallel with her classical activity, she has been leading a career in jazz, releasing a number of recordings (O’Ceol 2013, Contrebande 2018, and a new recording due for release in October 2020).

Fiona furhter developed her technique with conductors including Johannes Schlaefli, Alexandre Piquion, Clark Rundell, Sandro Gorli and Mark Heron. Fiona conducted the Manchester Camerata, the ensemble Divertimento (Milan) and the Parnu City Orchestra (Estonia) winning the prize as the « orchestra’s favorite » during an international in July 2018 with a masterclass by Sasha Makila.

Since January 2017, Fiona Monbet has been working as the Music Director of the company Miroirs Etendus. She has conducted the ensemble in France (Opéra de Rouen, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Opéra de Lille) and abroad (Ireland and Germany).

The operatic works (Orphée, Faust, I’d rather sink)performed by the company Miroirs Etendus bring together any artists hailing from many different fields of today. The works often focus on combining the ensemble’s acoustic prowess with electronic music and various sound techniques.

The very daring version of Romitelli’s An Index of Metals with the singer Linda Olah was premiered at the Nouveau Siècle in Lille, and then replayed at the Opéra de Rouen before being performed at the mythical Berlin night-club, the Kantine am Berghaim (this time in a stage version directed by Aliénor Dauchez).

Since September 2019, Fiona is «Artist in Residence » of the Orchestre National de Bretagne, assisting Grant Llewellyn, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor.

During the 2020-21 season, Fiona will conduct two new productions with the Orchestre National de Bretagne. In october 2020, she will make her debut with the Orchestre National de Montpellier.

In December 2020, a version of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto will be performed at the Opéra de Rouen Normandie, with Fiona conducting Miroirs Etendus from her violin. The same concert will also see Fiona conducting the Wesendonck Lieder and the four overtures of the Wagner Ring Cycle for chords and eletronics (arranged by Othman Louati).

She will once again conduct An Index of Metals together with La Soufflerie (Scène Conventionnée musique de Rezé) and Angers Nantes Opérain February 2021.

In 2021-22, Fiona will be conducting Monteverdi’s Vespers in a version to be performed by Miroirs Etendus, directed by Tiphaine Raffier.

Elsewhere, Michael Gallen’s opera will be premiered in Dublin (Abbey Theatre) in the autumn 2021, under Fiona’s baton.

Avril 2020

Miroirs Etendus

Contemporary music ensemble, Miroirs Étendus is led by the conductor Fiona Monbet and the pianist Romain Louveau. The company collaborates with artists from a range of artistic fields to pioneer new and contemporary approaches to opera, recital and concert. Miroirs Étendus is in residence with the Opéra de Rouen-Normandie, the Opéra de Lille and the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne.

Our team of talented artists work together to employ a variety of sound and specialisation techniques. Our productions are based on writing processes that treat both the stage and music as an open canvas – genres can range from contemporary to electronic. To us, opera is simply a musical way of telling a story; all other questions, such as ‘what’ and ‘how’, depend on the meaning we wish to convey.

Aside from musical shows Miroirs Étendus also presents recitals and concerts with a dramaturgic style of chamber music, elaborated by theatre directors. Miroirs Étendus’ seasons offer a new vision of opera by shaking up the classical repertoire, presenting contemporary works, creating new pieces, appealing to modern-day audiences and proposing dubbed chamber music and recitals.