La Petite Bande Passante
8 singers and megaphones invades the sound space of the city to intends to have passers-by transformed into public of music lovers listen to the extraordinary musicality of the human voice brought out of the context of the concert hall.
Composers (we, in any case) have often been fascinated by the musicality of urban noise, by the emotional power of the human voice singing, yelling or chanting in an urban context. Calls from the muezzin for prayer, demonstrators' slogans, street vendors' gab, advertisements blaring from car radios, itinerant salesmen's' spiels, the spontaneous polyphony of markets, all of this vocal presence makes up a vast urban symphony.
La Petite Bande Passante intends to have curious onlookers transformed into public of music lovers listen to the extraordinary musicality of the human voice brought out of the context of the concert hall, by using the most mobile process for amplification possible, the megaphone.
Light, small, and autonomous, the megaphone becomes the extension of the performer, who can sweep the sound space with his very directive loudspeaker, like a sound projector. It is also a wonderful tool for examining and having the natural urban instrumentarium be heard, these sound objects which surround us with their whispers, which we pass next to without ever listening.