Since more than 20 years, Le Baroque Nomade stands out in the baroque musical landscape thanks to its humanist and pioneer approach. In order to bring to the light forgotten scores, Jean-Christophe Frisch created in 1995 XVIII-21 Musique des Lumières, which became later XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade. A meaningful name, which immediately invites to the wide gap between the 18th century and the establishment in ours. An invitation to travel too : Jean-Christophe Frisch didn’t wait for the multiculturalism to become a trend to explore and bring the continents closer, to remind also that music has always allowed the mutual discovery of cultures and ideas.
Le Baroque Nomade invites the public to travel through time and space during its concerts. The Ensemble recreates in real time the cultural and historical connexions between european repertoire and musical traditions from elsewhere : Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian, Turkish, in the footsteps of globetrotters musicians who traveled the world at a time when travels were creating mixed cultures. The Ensemble particularly worked on the historically proved meetings between European and extra European Early musics.
Thanks to this significant musicologic work, Le Baroque Nomade is part of the renewal in the interpretation of Baroque Music since its creation.
Travels are an integral part of the Ensemble musical approach. Evey single time, the meetings are memorable : the concert in Kaboul with Afghan musicians, right after the lifting of Taliban music prohibition will remain an unforgettable memory. A lasting cooperation with Chinese artists has allowed the cultures to observe, understand each other before attempting common experiences.
The musicologic rigour has to go hand in hand with a great vivacity on stage, Le Baroque Nomade therefore attaches a great importance to the intensity of its concerts in order to make them uniques, singulars : presence of the dancer Merlin Nyakam, staging, interactions with the public, etc.
We need it now more than ever, Le Baroque Nomade keeps using music as a social link, an hyphen between cultures in order to keep bringing people together, to encourage understanding, dialogue and peace.