C Barré, an instrumental ensemble under the artistic and musical direction of Sébastien Boin, is the result of a meeting between 12 musicians. This singular group, currently associated with the GMEM - Centre national de création musicale, is made up of rich, passionate personalities deeply invested in the creation and dissemination of contemporary repertoire. 

The predominance of plucked strings, as well as instruments whose use was only exceptional until recently, gives the ensemble a distinct personality within today's musical landscape. Based in Marseille, which is both the first port and the oldest city in France, it is easy to notice C Barré's regular attachment to the composers of the Mediterranean basin. 

Wishing to share its taste for creation with an ever-wider audience, C Barré undertakes numerous awareness-raising and transmission initiatives. To this end, the ensemble devotes part of its work to training young audiences, essential to the development of contemporary music. In 2021, for example, the Ensemble is launching its Palimpseste touring project , which involves musical walks in rural and urban areas, the fruit of genuine surveys carried out in each territory, at the end of which local residents and C Barré musicians come together on stage for participatory creations. In the same spirit, C Barré devotes himself to the Orchestre à l'école and Petits Violons des Calanques projects, as well as to creation in schools.

C Barré produces a first monographic recording dedicated to composer Frédéric Pattar, released in 2020 by empreinte digitale. A second monographic recording dedicated to the young Basque-Spanish composer Mikel Urquiza, "Espiègle", with the participation of the Neue Vocalsolisten, will be released in February 2023 on the same label.

For the 2023-2024 season, C Barré is touring Europe with Stuttgart's Neue Vocalsolisten, following the premiere of a major work by composer Francesca Verunelli. This new project, entitled Songs and voices , saw the light of day at the Venice Biennale, and will be heard at the ECLAT Festival in Stuttgart, the GRAME Biennale des Musiques Exploratoires, the Ircam season at the Centre Pompidou, the GMEM Propagations Festival and the Wittener Tage Für Neue Musik in Germany.

Since 2013, GMEM and Ensemble C Barré have joined forces to pool their human and technical resources. The aim is to :

- to promote the presence of creative music in Marseille, the Bouches-du-Rhône department and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region
- to facilitate regional, national and international networking - to deploy shared resources for productions.

Beyond that, the two parties agree on a common will to join forces in a broader spirit of cooperation in order to meet their common missions towards musical creation, reception and training of the public.

C Barré, ensemble associated with GMEM - Centre national de la création musicale, partner of the CFMI of Aix-Marseille University. The ensemble is subsidized by the Ministère de la Culture DRAC-PACA, the Conseil Régional Sud - PACA, the Département des Bouches-du-Rhône and the Ville de Marseille, and receives support from SACEM, CNM - Centre National de la Musique, ADAMI, MMC - Maison de la Musique Contemporaine, Institut Français, Impuls Neue Musik, Fondation Ernst Von Siemes, Politique de la Ville, label des Cités éducatives, Fondation Logirem and BNP Paribas. Member of FEVIS, PROFEDIM, Futurs Composés and Temp'óra.
Fondation d'entreprise Société Générale C'est vous l'avenir and Fondation Orange are the main sponsors of Ensemble C Barré.

The musicians

Joël Versavaud

Annelise Clément

Matthias Champon

Natalia Korsak

Claudio Bettinelli

Élodie Soulard

Rémy Reber

Eva Debonne

Marine Rodallec

Charlotte Testu
double bass

Cyril Dupuy

Antoine Alerini

The Chief

Sébastien Boin
Ensemble C Barré
Instrumental ensemble associated with GMEM
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