Nadar Ensemble

Adventure, interdisciplinarity and above all a strong and critical contact with today’s world through, among others, the use of new technologies. These are some of the main objectives for the Nadar Ensemble and what it hopes to share with Gaspard-Félix Tournachon (1820-1910), whose pseudonym was Nadar. He was not only a well-known photographer, balloonist, caricaturist, spy, art critic and curator, but regularly organized informal “salons” to which he invited artists, thinkers, writers and scientists, thus creating a true cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Since our 21st century is pluriform, multi- and transmedial, and is more and more inhabited by digital natives and a networked generation Nadar Ensemble is not only fascinated by contemporary music, but also by film, the visual arts, performance, theatre, installation art and all that is contained – or not – by these categories. The Nadar Ensemble wishes to develop forms of musical presentation that reflect this world, in an attempt to anchor new music more strongly in today’s world.

Nadar performed at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Tzlil Meudcan Festival (Tel Aviv), Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, Platforma (Moscow), Holland Festival, Göteborg Opera, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, conDit (Buenos Aires), Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln, Tampere Biennale in Finland, Harvard University in Boston, among others. Nadar was invited as guest curator for the SPOR festival in Aarhus. Although Nadar is artist in residence at DE SINGEL Antwerp, it’s hometown is Sint-Niklaas, known for its famous hot air balloon festival.

As of January 2023

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