For centuries, the mythic Amazonian city of Manoa has kept its secrets hidden from the many explorers who have zealously sought to find even a trace of its existence.  Running throughout the work, there is one musical phrase the instrumental trio plays in unison to symbolize the ideal splendour of Manoa and its golden King  - El Dorado.  On several occasions this phrase moves toward its own disappearance as its slowly fades and finally winks out, like a mirage.  Built upon the question-and-answer motif of the songs of the Goahibo, an indigenous culture of the Oronoco, the score calls for the instrumentalists to move, particularly the flutist and clarinetist, linking the intertwined instrumental game with the body game of the native cultures.   Anchor to the earth, beacon from space, spiral movements, alternating steps, the piece is a dance whose music unfolds like the undulating leaves of a Mayan codez.

Continuum performed the World Premiere of Manoa on March 11, 2005

Thierry Pécou FR

For Thierry Pécou, to live is to travel, and to travel is to write...For him, composing is a way to dive into a new world and embrace new spaces, emotionally speaking, and mostly, to explore new horizons, to distance himself from his own daily cultural life.  Born in 1965 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Thierry Pécou studied at the Paris Conservatory and in other situations and masterclasses around the world.  In 1998 he founded Zellig, an ensemble of soloists with himself at the piano, for the purpose of experimenting with the practice of contemporary concert music.  He has received numerous prizes, including the Prix Georges Enesco of Sacem (1993), the Sacem Young Composers prize (2004), the Prix Pierre Cardin de l’Academie des Beaux-Arts (1996), and the prix Nouveau Talent SACD (1999.)  In 2004 he was the winner of the award of the Fondation Banque Populaire.  Among recent works are la Symphonie du Jaguar for five female voices, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello and orchestra, premiered at Festival Presences of Radio-France, Outre-Mémoire for piano, flute, clarinet and cello, premiered in Normandy at Festival Octobre in 2004, and in the same year, Passeurs d’eau for female voice, and Amerindian and western instruments  premiered at the festival Musica à Strasbourg.

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