(Never Ending Searching for Exact Vocal Expression and Nuances)

Production management:
Marie Hoffmann

Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik
TŘESK for 6 vocal soloists und 4 percussionists
a production of Eklekto and N.E.S.E.V.E.N.
© Eric Oberdorff

The idea to form N.E.S.E.V.E.N. originated during the elaboration of Seven Stones, an opera composed by Ondrej Adamek and directed by Eric Oberdorff for the International Lyric Art Festival in Aix-en-Provence. The six singers of N.E.S.E.V.E.N. all participated in Seven Stones and were selected for their great vocal and instrumental flexibility.
N.E.S.E.V.E.N. deconstructs the cultural barriers that artificially isolate traditional, classical and instinctive music, in order to give music back its physicality. We believe this to be the key to unlocking our most unconscious perceptions.
In the same vein as the opera Seven Stones, N.E.S.E.V.E.N.’s work focuses on the search for the natural aspect of the voice, authenticity and the exactness of vocal expression. To achieve this, the six musicians of N.E.S.E.V.E.N. use their mastery of numerous vocal expression techniques: lyrical vocal technique, natural voice similar to speaking voice, chest voice for women, Malagasy chants, Corsican chants or Korean Pansori.

In 2018 the ensemble was invited to the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, in 2020 invitation to Paris (Festival Présence/Radio France), in 2022 Marseille (Festival Propagations) and Venice (Biennale Musica).

N.E.S.E.V.E.N. members

  • Ondrej Adámek: composer, conductor,
  • Eric Oberdorff: choreography
  • Anne-Emanuelle Davy: voice, objects
  • Olga Siemieńczuk: voice, objects
  • Shigeko Hata: voice, objects
  • Landy Andriamboavonjy: voice, objects
  • Nicolas Simeha: voice, objects, mandolin
  • Steve Zheng: voice, objects
  • Paul-Alexandre Dubois: voice, objects

Festival Présence, Radio France, Paris Februar 2020
Rehersing with Kent Nagano
Man Time Stone Time for 4 vocal soloists, objects, video
© Eric Oberdorff

Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik
Man Time Stone Time for 4 vocal soloists, objects, video
© WDR/Claus Langer

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Juli 2018
Seven Stones
Opera a capella for four soloist singers and twelve chorister singers
Libretto by Sjón