In this unusual duo for clarinet and organ, Yom, a specialist in the music of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe, joins forces with Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard, who is head organist of St Eustache in Paris, the biggest organ in France, and is an international concert artist as well as a church musician.
Deeply impressed by the mystical vibrations of places of worship in general, Yom had long cherished the desire to play his clarinet with an instrument that has such a rich history.
This encounter does much more than compare and contrast Christian and Jewish sacred music: the two musicians gain nourishment from each other’s cultures and enrichment from their differences. The traditional Jewish prayer Eyli Ato, for instance, is played first of all on the Klezmer clarinet, before being taken up and transformed by the organ into a five-part fugue in the pure tradition of J.S. Bach.
The repertoire – mainly compositions by Yom – consists of musical prayers and offerings.
Through this repertoire, the two musicians focus on the sacred, the spiritual, that most universal of human feelings, which prompts us to ask questions, raises doubts to make us better, and creates magic in the heart of things. The result is like an offering, like a prayer that asks for nothing and is addressed to no one, like a small ritual with the simple, modest aim of celebrating Life.
Yom, clarinet, composition, arrangements
Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard, organ, arrangements
Creation as part of Yom’s residency at L’apostrophe, Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise et du Val d’Oise.