From the Pen to the Baton (and Vice Versa)


From Mozart and Beethoven to Mahler, the composers who have not attempted to conduct an orchestra are rare – at least for the premiers of their own works. After the Second World War, however, composers deserted conductor’s desks. In the last few years, the phenomena has changed again…


Form and Meaning


Invited to ManiFeste during the academy, the composer and conductor George Benjamin evokes the question of form and harmony in composition. The practice and the passion for transmission can be read in his comments, shedding light on the composer’s current work. A lesson by a master.

Sunrise : A Song of Two Humans © Droits réservés/Collection Cinémathèque suisse

Quivering and Surprise


For the screening of Murnau’s Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, accompanied by new music composed by Helmut Oehring, interview with the producer and musician Bertrand Bonello. Bonello collaborated with IRCAM in 2003 for his film Tiresia. Starting with Murnau, Bonello thinks about images and sounds, cinema and music.

Pierre Guyotat ©Léa Crespi

The Words and The Thing


In this interview, the author Pierre Guyotat talks about his writing process in his work and in his latest novel, Joyeux animaux de la misère (© Éditions Gallimard). Excerpts from this novel will be read and staged by Stanislas Norday for the opening of ManiFeste-2014.


Registre des Lumières by Raphaël Cendo at the Cité de la musique


As mentioned in our previous article (by the way, feel free to send us yours!), this beginning of ManiFeste was, above all, favorable to multidisciplinary propositions between music and performance arts or images. Could this concert-chorus at the Cité de la Musique by SWR Vokalenensemble Stuttgart and the Ensemble musikFabrik bring us back to the more-familiar shores of contemporary music?


Un temps bis by Aperghis at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers


The first week of ManiFeste continues its exploration of multidisciplinary relationships between music and other art forms. After literature (Joyeux animaux de la misère), film (Sunrise), and video (Fundamental Forces), the composer Georges Aperghis imagined an exceptional meeting of the contemporary repertoire for solo viola with the theatre of Beckett.