La clôture des mystères de Dieu // The Enclosure of God’s Mysteries
Work in progress
The Enclosure of God’s Mysteries is an image defining the human being in the works of Hildegard von Bingen, the Twelfth Century composer, abbess, healer, visionary, prophetess and saint.
Her influence can be felt down to this day, and we still perform her works.
This image, The Enclosure of God’s Mysteries, is a good illustration of her vision of the human being inhabited by dense, flourishing and mystifying inner worlds which are beyond his comprehension.
Music is one of those dimensions which transports the human being and goes beyond him in many aspects.
After having delved into Hildegard von Bingen’s realm of songs and visions, Uriel Barthélémi and Claire Parsons have chosen certain pieces which they revisit in their own way and circumnavigate freely.
A number of these songs make use of images which are both close to God and nature. Hildegard von Bingen, who was a great observer of nature, always used charged words relating to the awareness of the elements surrounding us, giving her visions a simple yet deeply profound form.
The music’s mystical aspect, the question of the relationship with the divine, its ability to be intangible and ephemeral simultaneously, whilst giving the impression that it exists eternally and timelessly, is queried and explored, leading the performers – and the audience – into subtle, enchanting realms.
Through the distinctive quality of her melodies, Hildegard makes you think; she guides the mind; and she proffers a vast and brilliant field of creative possibilities. The very free and personal interpretation of these songs adds a dimension rarely explored in this type of music, providing it with a multifaceted backdrop which is both contemporary and timeless.
Claire Parsons : Chant, Keyboards, electronics
Uriel Barthélémi : Conception, Percussions, electronics
This project has been produced at Neimenster abbey, Luxembourg city
and been performed at Siren’s call festival on the 29th of June 2019 as a result of a first residency.
Claire Parsons is the rising star of Luxembourg’s musical scene. Not without a reason. The singer of British origin who’s been playing the piano as well as classical and electrical guitar since early childhood has made her passion a profession, and can be heard on stage regularly in different setups. Parsons won « Best upcoming musician » Award at the end of 2018 from the Luxembourg Music Awards. She plays and composes in various bands such as Claire Parsons & Eran Har Even Duo, Aishinka, deLäb Orchästra, etc, which allowed her to play on multiple international and national stages and festivals.