Photo : ÉON © Jean Frémiot
Les Tombées de la Nuit, in partnership with L’ensemble scolaire Saint-Vincent Providence, present
Created by Olivier Mellano, performed by le Choeur de Chambre Mélisme(s) / directed by Gildas Pungier
Musical encounter
For all ages
The insatiable musical chameleon and warrior, Olivier Mellano, is continually pushing back geographical and aesthetic boundaries. He’s a regular at Les Tombées de la Nuit (for example, No Land in 2016, with Brendan Perry and the bagad from Cesson-Sevigné), and returns with another original creation, this time dedicated to vocal music. The programme includes eight choir pieces written by the Rennes-based guitarist and composer, with twelve singers from the chamber choir, Mélisme(s), led by Gildas Pungier. For the second half of the concert, Olivier Mellano invites Melaine Dalibert to join him for an improvised electric guitar and organ duet, with a magnificent contemporary aesthetic combining traditional and Baroque music.

We last saw Olivier Mellano’s work on voices in 2018, with Baum Ici-bas, a sumptuous contemporary and pop interpretation of Gabriel Fauré’s Mélodies. He was already thinking about the encounter to come, in 2021, with Gildas Pungier and his singers from the Mélisme(s) chamber choir, for whom he composed the eight pieces of ÉON. The word means “being” and “life” in Greek, or, for the composer, the ethereal and spiritual world of ideas – the space outside of time from where artists draw their inspiration.

The composition is pure and tonal, mixing serious music (and the harmonic worlds of Gesualdo, Purcell, Ligeti, Pärt, etc.) and contemporary inspiration, constantly modulating and weaving between harmony and dissonance, rhythmic trance and solar meditation, vibrating experience and contemplative moments. The wide variety of repertoires it has worked on over nearly twenty years (including classical, popular, traditional and contemporary music) means that the Mélisme(s) ensemble is used to versatile encounters and experiences that are off the beaten track. For this performance, the work of the choir’s leader and artistic director, Gildas Pungier, sits perfectly at the meeting point between cultures, in this unique encounter with a composer who combines traditional and Baroque music with a contemporary aesthetic. In the second half of the programme, Melaine Dalibert and Olivier Mellano will take to the stage of the Chapelle Saint-Vincent, which is hosting the concert, for an improvised organ and electric guitar duet created specially for the occasion, drawing out other colours of ÉON’s harmonic world.


With the mutual trust, care and artistic bond that unite these different artists, ÉON is a bright and subtle performance that highlights the dazzling vibrant voices through unexpected dialogue overflowing with sparkling energy and pure emotion.


Le chœur de chambre Mélisme(s) is supported by “le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication / DRAC Bretagne, la Région Bretagne, le Département des Côtes d’Armor et la Ville de Rennes”. Le chœur de chambre Mélisme(s) is in residence at “l’Opéra de Rennes.”

The “EON” program is created with the support of the “Centre National de la Musique et du Ministère de la Culture” as part of Plan de Relance.

Billetterie en ligne
Sunday 08 May 2022
15:00 > 16:30
Collège Lycée Saint-Vincent Providence, rue de Paris, Rennes
In the chapel

5€ Single price (+rental fees) • 2€ Sortir ! price
More information 02 99 32 56 56 (no reservation)
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