Enluminures

Enluminures

Musical and visual creation composed by Judith Adler de Oliveira (music) and Isabelle Françaix (video) performed by the Akhtamar Quartet.

“Enluminures” is a series of miniatures composed for the Akhtamar Quartet on traditional Armenian themes. The title refers to the moving and free character of illuminated manuscript, where the line oscillates between letter and drawing, moving away from and towards the text according to our imagination.
Like the constantly changing relationship between letter and illuminated manuscript, these ancient elements are reworked in a spirit that is sometimes faithful to, and sometimes at odds with, the tradition. Some of the themes chosen already appear in the Komitas / Aslamazyan Miniatures (Garuna; Kakavik…), thus creating a gateway to this essential part of the Akhtamar Quartet repertoire. Others have been selected from Armenian heritage, thus paying tribute to the precious work of collection and preservation carried out by Komitas (Sareri hovin mernem; Yel; Hov Arek; Dle Yaman…).

January 2022