Alexandra Soumm - Violin
Illya Amar - Vibraphone
Alexandra Soumm started working with french vibraphonist Illya Amar seven years ago through the Esperanz'Arts Organization, which Illya was the first artist to join. No repertoire existed for these two instruments, so Illya transcribed and composed for the duo, exploring various directions of their musical worlds. With time, and their numerous social concerts in France, the UK, and Cambodia, their repertoire has grown, combing classical music, jazz, and traditional romanian, klezmer, arabic, spanish and armenian music. 2017 was the birth of their first musical one-hour programm, their musical journey : Odysseys.
After performing at the Lille Piano Festival, Festival de Toulon and Festival Va Jouer Dehors in 2019, the duo will perform in Konzerthaus Vienna and Auditorium du Louvre in the 20/21 season.
Walks in the
Musical Garden //
THE MUSICAL GARDEN
The Musical Garden is a salon in the heart of Brussels, created by french pianist Julien Brocal, where he hosts concerts, conferences, and meditations. The Musical Garden is also a non-profit foundation working with the ideal of permaculture and how to link this ideal in the realm of music.
As part of the Musical Garden, Alexandra will imagine and host a series of podcasts, called " Walks in the Musical Garden ", to share her love of literature and poetry, and linking it to music around different themes. The first podcast will be available in June 2020.
WINTERREISE THEATER COMPANY
Founded in 2008 by director and dramatist Olivier Dhénin, the Winterreise Theater Company, based in Paris, works around the relationship between music, poetry and text, and mostly in the context of symbolist authors.
Alexandra joined the Company in 2014 and worked on numerous projects, as a violinist and a narrator:
JULIUS CESAR JONES, opera by Malcolm Williamson (2014), DER JASAGER by Kurt Weil, (2014), CORRESPONDANCES RICHARD WAGNER (2014), LE MARTYRE DE SAINT-SÉBASTIEN by Gabriele d'Annuzio (2016), ORFEO LAMENTO, after Berlioz and Glück (2017), ALLADINE AND PALOMIDES by Maurice Maeterlinck (2017), UNLASKA by Olivier Dhénin and Philip Glass
(2018), LES GENS DU DOMAINES SANS NOM by Olivier Dhénin (2018), TILIM-BOM FANTASY from Sophie de Ségur and Igor Stravinsky (2018), SERRES CHAUDES by Maeterlinck ( 2019), ORPHELINS by Rilke (2019/2020), LES NOCES D'HÉRODIADE from Mallarmé ( 2020).
Le salon idéal //
LE SALON IDÉAL
Le Salon Idéal is a french musical rendez-vous imagined and created by Arièle Butaux, long-time friend of Alexandra Soumm. Being held each month in various parisian places as well as in Venice, 8 to 10 musicians from different backgrounds and musical genres meet to create a different and colorful programm where barriers cease to exist. Crazy ideas emerge from brainstorming sessions, and the concerts are laid back, with a strong communication with the audience, in a cosy atmosphere reminding of the 19th century Salons.
Today, le Salon Idéal involves 40 artists, feeling totally free to create and experiment different collaborations with each other.