Ensemble Ratatam + Aksak Tripalium
(2 new videos from JJB's new album)


Filmed after the music of the CD Perspectives For the 22nd Century composed by Jean-Jacques Birgé, the video Ensemble Ratatam is by John Sanborn and Aksak Tripalium by Sonia Cruchon.



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New CD
Perspectives for the 22nd Century


Commissioned by the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva (MEG), Jean-Jacques Birgé composed a work based on the MEG's International Archives of Folk Music (IAFM). Perspectives for the 22nd Century includes 31 pieces recorded between 1930 and 1952 and compiled by Constantin Brăiloiu (1893-1958), founder of the IAFM and an authoritative reference in the field of traditional music.

Perspectives for the 22nd Century is written on the basis of an anticipation scenario where the survivors of the disaster of 2152 live on the ruins of the MEG and decide to rebuild themselves from the archives discovered on site. The composition mixes acoustic instruments, some of which belong to the MEG collections, virtual instruments, ambiences and sound archives.

A disturbing echo of current events, Perspectives for the 22nd Century is a sound fiction following the journey of humans who must reinvent themselves. In these times of questioning about the future of the planet and of humanity, Jean-Jacques Birgé wanted to dedicate this work to C.F. Ramuz and Vercors.

This CD is the fifth title to appear in the series of recordings published by the MEG and devoted to contemporary creations composed on the basis of its sound archives.

On SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/user-516340806/sets/perspectives-du-xxiie-siecle-jean-jacques-birge/s-v09OVK76q5X

De vallées en vallées + Larmes de crocodile
(2 new videos from JJB's new album)

Filmed after the music of the CD Perspectives For the 22nd Century composed by Jean-Jacques Birgé, the video De vallées en vallées is by Eric Vernhes and Larmes de crocodile by Nicolas Clauss.



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Berceuse ionique (from new JJB's CD)


The first video of Jean-Jacques Birgé's album, Perspectives for the 22nd Century, is online. Sonia Cruchon chose the Ionic Lullaby by playing with the silhouettes of survivors of the disaster. Images of the past inhabit these colored shadows. JJB asked each director to draw inspiration from the archives discovered on the ruins of the Museum d'Ethnologie de Genève, which commissioned the work and produced the CD, to invent their future. We are in 2152. He had thus proceeded with music, based on 31 pieces recorded between 1930 and 1952 from the Constantin Brăiloiu Fund kept at the International Archives of Popular Music (AIMP) of the MEG. Brăiloiu (1893-1958) is a major reference in the field of traditional music. This hörspiel where voices come from far away combines acoustic instruments, some of which belong to the MEG collections, virtual instruments, atmospheres and sound archives. Troubling echo of current events in these times of questions about the future of the planet and of humanity, Perspectives for the 22nd Century was inspired by the reading of a novel by C.F. Ramuz to whom he dedicated the work as well as another writer, Vercors.
The next videos will be by Eric Vernhes, Nicolas Clauss, John Sanborn, Valéry Faidherbe, Sonia Cruchon and Nicolas Le Du.

Idir & Johnny Clegg a capella
on Télérama and Là-bas si j'y suis

On the occasion of the death of the Kabyle singer Idir, Là-bas si j'y suis chooses the film directed by Jean-Jacques Birgé in 1993 (among Vis à Vis series imagined by Patrice Barrat). At the beginning of April Télérama magazine had also chosen the film for containment!
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