YOM & QUATUOR IXI Illuminations

Yom’s first venture into composition for strings was marked by “Le Silence de l’Exode”. After that it was only logical that he should turn to the string quartet – so important in Western art music, as exemplified by composers from Mozart to Bartok, Ligeti to Schubert, – which offers boundless possibilities for exploring sound textures.

The string quartet has been renewed continually to the point of becoming a world unto itself, capable of expressing the full palette of human emotions, evoking the highest existential concerns or depicting the most magnificent landscapes.

The Quatuor iXi, formed in 1994 by Régis Huby (violin) and Guillaume Roy (viola), was a natural choice. This excellent quartet is noted for its strong identity and its unbounded musical freedom.

The complicity between Yom, for the compositions, and Régis Huby and Guillaume Roy, for the arrangements, makes "Illuminations" a work that moves between Western classical music, contemporary music and the modal music of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. A work containing the discreet influences of Pergolesi, J. S. Bach, Ligeti and Chostakovitch, and with the very recognisable sound of Yom’s hybrid clarinet.

The term “Illumination” was originally chosen in the sense of a spiritual or intellectual enlightenment, in keeping with the themes that inspire Yom in his work at present, but as it developed the project gradually became more generally a work about light and its various forms, from the most microscopic dimension of the photon to the incredibly powerful explosion of a supernova, and including the poetic, romantic appearance of a ray of light piercing the ominous clouds on a stormy evening. 

Yom invited Mathieu Ferry, a lighting designer and scenographer used to working in the theatre and with opera, to create the ideal lighting.


clarinets, compositions

Quatuor IXI

Régis Huby, violin, arrangements - Théo Ceccaldi, violin

Guillaume Roy, viola, arrangements - Valentin Ceccaldi, cello


Matthieu Ferry, Lighting


Creation as part of Yom’s residency at L’apostrophe, Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise.