Strong advocate of the French choral arts, and often described as a troublemaker, Mikrokosmos has been offering exceptional a capella sound colors, nourished with uncommon artistic adventures, for 30 years. Supported by a troupe of 40 young singers, crowned with 20 international prizes, Mikrokosmos as a "choral arts' laboratory" cultivates boldness.
The multidisciplinary approach of its creator, Loïc Pierre, quickly put Mikrokosmos "on stage". With original creations blending influences and previously unseen references, the choir dissolves the borders between arts: concert-films, hip-hop dance, video installation and antique tragedy, profoundly bound to singing, compile the singular picture of today's choral arts.
Several tendencies bring colour to Mikrokosmos's path: an exceptional commission policy deployed since its early years, the prestigious and fertile ground of the Scandinavian repertoire, the beautiful story of the Baltic people, but also the American flamboyance and the Asian insolence, carve the choir's sound and strengthen a repertoire which combines great contemporary choral pages and a capella creations.
With Mikrokosmos, the stage is set alight, choral arts crackle and open to all audiences. Within 30 years, without any aesthetics border nor stiffen chapel, the choir's palette has significantly expanded while preserving its unalterable base: languages' spreading, rhythmical fever and incandescent harmonies linked to a powerful metaphorical incarnation, now forge Mikrokosmos's signature to serve a capella choral arts.
Creator and artistic director of the Mikrokosmos Chamber Choir since 1989, Loïc Pierre is a choir director, stage director, scenographer, composer and plastic artist. Always in search for originality, he draws his influences from Sam Francis, Ariane Mnouchkine, Jackson Pollock, Andrei Tarkovski, Bob Wilson, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese.
Emancipated from the unalterable ritual of concerts, he offers another ceremony and thus invents a choral theatre serving a renewed and perfectly modern art. His shows are the testimony of this claimed fusion: Tenebrae (2001), Ombres vives, une autre histoire du cinéma (Keen Shadows, another cinema's history, 2006), La Nuit Dévoilée (Unveiled Night, 2013), Retour à la terre (Back to earth, 2014), Jumala (2016), Chroniques des peuples oubliés (Forgotten people's chronicles, 2018) L’Origine du Monde (The World's Origin, 2019), Rituel (Ritual, 2020), profound and singular works, modern and perfectly handled by an innovative artist, generous towards his audience; the humble and sincere architect of the masters whose works he performs.
Loïc Pierre is also the artistic director of the Festival de la Voix (Voice Festival), Châteauroux, France.
MYRIAM DE ARANJO
Myriam de Aranjo studied singing with Christiane Patard, teacher at the Paris CNSMD (National Superior Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and completed her training in Italy with the maestro Gino Becchi in Florence, and Arrigo Pola (Luciano Pavarotti and Mirela Ferni's teacher) in Modene. In France as well, with Beatrice Burley and Lucia di Carlo.
She has a professional chorister career and performed in many French lyrical theatres: the Châtelet in Paris, Strasbourg, Nancy, Metz, Nantes, Tours… Myriam de Aranjo has been teaching the art of singing for 34 years. Today, within her associative structure La Fabrique du Chanteur (The Singer's Factory), she trains beginners as well as affirmed amateurs, professionalising young people and professionals.
She is preparing a new generation of artists for concerts and entrance exams to the Grandes Ecoles, and has been teaching vocal technique within the Mikrokosmos choir since 2008.
Singer and percussionist, Hélène combines several trainings mixing drama, singing, dance and percussions as the Compagnie Toumback (Toumback Troupe, directed by Stéphane Grosjean), l’Ensemble Poursuite (Pursuit Ensemble, directed by Édouard Monjanel Bensaïd), la Compagnie des Trois Sentiers (Three Paths Troup, directed by Lucie Berelovitch).
Hélène Gendek started her artistic experience by studying dance and classical percussion at the CRR (Regional Conservatory) in Bordeaux, Tours and Angers (France). Then she joined the Mikrokosmos choir and grew a passion for voice and the many possibilities a body can offer to express oneself through arts.
Under Loïc Pierre's impetus, she created a workshop called "Le Corps poétique" (The Poetic Body) which gives the singers tools for a better consciousness, imagination and bodily presence.
First, Félix Benati studied piano, then quickly headed towards orchestra and choir direction. He graduated in both these subjects as well as in Musical analysis and Musical training, and he is currently studying at the Paris CNSMD in Alain Altinoglu's class for orchestra direction. He has also received composition lessons from Benoît Menut.
With young accomplices, he created Les Temps Dérobés (The Purloined Times) in 2017. He handles the musical direction of this vocal ensemble which gathers 18 singers. He has also been co-directing the musical work of the Ensemble Poursuite (with Édouard Monjanel-Bensaïd) since 2019. He has been part of Mikrokosmos as a tenor singer and an assistant choir director since 2017.
Mathieu Bolcato is a singer, saxophonist and choir director. He is part of the rock band Sara (singing and keyboard) the Saxonium ensemble (saxophone) and the Ensemble Poursuite. He began to play music when he was 7 years old with transverse flute and then saxophone. Later, he entered the Conservatoire of Orléans (France) where he obtained a DEM (Musical Studies Diploma) and a saxophone First Price with a unanimous jury verdict.
At the same time, Mathieu studied musiology at the François Rabelais University (Tours) and choir direction with Régine Théodoresco and Manuel Simonnet. The vocal ensemble Lumen Laulu he created in 2013 took part in the Florilège Vocal (Vocal Collection) national contest in Tours, and won the 1st Price and the Price of the best interpretation of an a capella work. Mathieu has been a baritone singer with Mikrokosmos since 2013, and an assistant choir director since 2017.
A few years ago, when she saw the Mikrokosmos choir on stage, Hélène had a breakthrough. She is strongly attracted by its musical repertoire and shares the atmosphere it draws. The work on scenography, the bodies and the choral arts' theatrical aspect appears clearly to her and draws her to take part in the adventure. When she joins the Mikrokosmos choir in 2019, she only has a modest musical training and a few experiences with choirs, among which the Lumen Laulu ensemble. She enjoys learning a great deal from them and considers the choir as a school.
Hélène works on her versability, stimulates her creativity and sharpens her curiosity. Although she is a scientist, she explores and blends optical and sound arts. Her taste for colours, blending, decoration, photomontage, drawing, sewing and do-it-yourself... brings her to assist Loïc Pierre in conducting short films, choosing costumes and designing the scenography of PASSION, the new project which will be created in 2021.