True novelty always arises from one’s roots”
– Edgar Morin
There is currently a widespread need felt among artists to make connections between their creative work and their history and origins, to re-establish visible or invisible links with their sources of inspiration and influences, to rebuild continuity, a journey, a descent, and to question or even sublimate their sources. This return to the roots provides the framework for the eighth Détours de Babel festival (2018).
Firstly, we will look back to the source of all music – sound. We will listen to how the sounds of nature, the noises of day-to-day life, soundscapes and sound objects have led to the creation of so many forms of music around the world. We will also take a historical perspective and listen to how repertoires of early, sacred and traditional music provide inspiration for contemporary forms.
We will travel to other parts of the world to discover how musical encounters can provide an inexhaustible source of influences, enrichment and transformation in a constant back-and-forth. Here, musical sources are many, mixed and in a constant state of change and interchange.
In 2018, there will be nearly 90 novel encounters over the course of a three-week exploration of sounds and music from near and far, the past and future, offering a chance to discover new musical territories.
Détours de Babel offers music to be listened to, discovered, danced to, shared, chosen, ignored, tasted and contemplated, indoors and outdoors, seated or standing, in the city or country, with concerts, brunches, night-time events, festive moments, music rooms and more. Here, acoustic music is listened to up close, amplified music is danced to, world music travels, experimental music experiments, and contemporary music invents tomorrow, hand-in-hand with dance, theatre and the visual arts.
This is an experience to be lived in real-time, at the sources of listening, where sounds come to life and give themselves over to those with their ears wide open.