Garden of the Sage

Garden of the Sage

Voici le nouveau jardin

Concert with multimedia

Music: Thierry Pécou; video: Jingfei Li


Inspired by the texts of Lao Zi, François Cheng and François Jullien on Chinese wisdom, this concert-video presents a convergence of two cultures and offers a beautiful homage to ancient China through multiple artistic expressions: music, text, video multimedia, electronic sound and musician's gestures.

"Is not the ideal image of a culture that of a garden filled with a variety of plants, each vying for uniqueness, yet all participating in a common work?"
François Cheng

During Ensemble Variances' China tour in May 2010 presenting the world premier of Garden of the Sage, this important piece attracted about 4000 spectators in renowned concert venues such as Nanjing Arts Institut, Shanghai Concert Hall, Concert Hall de City Hall of Hong Kong (Festival French May) and  Xiamen et Shenzhen Concert Halls.

Garden of the Sage is an encounter between modern classical music, live electronics and one Chinese instrument – guqin, for which Thierry Pecou has composed specially. Without direct allusions to Chinese traditional music, his music tries to reveal a particular impermanency which is made of floatings and wanderers inside of the audio's materials.

Created by a young gifted Chinese artist, the video occupies not only the central place of the scenery but also extends the musical intention and establishes a reel dialog with the musical gesture to become a supplementary voice.

After its China tour Garden of the sage, work in progress, will be created in Reims in a new version for soprano, piano, guqin and electronics.

Number of people

4 musicians and 1 multimedia artist

Hadhoum Tunc, soprano

Thierry Pécou, piano

Li-Yu You, guqin

Max Bruckert (Grame Lyon), sound engineer (electronic sounds)

Li Jing Fei, multimedia artist

The Ensemble Variances receive support from Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Drac Normandie, Région Normandie, Spedidam, Sacem, Ville de Rouen, Odia Normandie, Onda. The Ensemble Variances is member of Fevis, Futurs Composés, Bureau Export and Profedim. It is member of Groupement d'Employeurs Solstice, supported by Région Normandie. Caisse des Dépôts, main sponsor of Ensemble Variances.