Rendez-Vous Musical #81

The last Rendez-Vous Musical of the 2021-22 artistic season will take place on May 15 in the Grand Salon, as a part of the Fête de la Cité. The musicians in residence and Harriet Hale Woolley scholars have prepared a special program for the occasion. Many collaborations and interdisciplinary projects are born on the fifth floor; this concert will combine music, performance and film, while also featuring some classical works.

Practical Information

Date : May 15 | Time : 5pm | Facebook Event

Free Tickets

COVID : Wearing a mask is not mandatory, however it is strongly recommended. Please use the hydroalcoholic gel at your disposal.


Tom Gurin (1995)
Tom Gurin, music
Owen Moran, video projection

Timothée Lambert (1997)
Timothée Lambert, film and performance

Michel Legrand (1932 – 2019)
Selections from Yentl
Where is it Written?
Papa, Can You Hear Me?
A Piece of Sky
Alessandra Gianino, voice
Simon Frisch, piano

Sarah Grace Graves (1995)
Sarah Grace Graves, music, performance, and edition
Anahita Navaei, cinematography

Simon Frisch (1990)
Dhyani Heath, violin

The Resident Musicians

Simon Frisch is a composer and recipient of a 2020-2021 Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Fellowship. During his residency at the Fondation des États-Unis, he aims to compose a song cycle for period instruments that explores the cultural legacy of Anne de Bretagne, Queen of France from 1491 to 1514. He is also a resident scholar at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique where he is studying the politics of musical practice at the court of Anne de Bretagne. Some of his recent projects include The Body Untied for soloists and baroque chamber orchestra (presented in New York by, among others, Région Bretagne, and Lightbox Gallery in collaboration with multimedia artist Rachel Libeskind), and Sandglass Vespers for chamber orchestra presented at Alice Tully Hall (with Joel Sachs and the New Juilliard Ensemble), as part of residencies and studies at the Banff Arts Centre and Wildacres. An advocate for mediation and emerging creative voices in music, Simon has organized a series of summer chamber music concerts in the Ille-et-Vilaine/Côtes-d’Armor regions of Bretagne, programming dozens of European and world premieres by various young composers in collaboration with local non-profit organizations. These concerts, praised by Le Télégramme, Ouest France and Bretagne Actuelle, have promoted creative and cultural heritage projects in many disciplines, including architecture and sculpture. He is currently a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he completed his graduate degree with Robert Beaser.

Sarah Grace Graves is a composer and singer of experimental music living in Paris. Her music contextualizes the voice and instrument within the internal landscape of the performer: emotions, physical sensations, and sense memory. In March 2021, her experimental vocal recital Songs from the Chalet was released as part of Divertimento Ensemble’s Young Performers on Digital Stage concert series. In it, Graves performs her own compositions as well as selections from Erin Gee’s Mouthpiece series and Giacinto Scelsi’s Canti del Capricorno. She has participated in numerous festivals including Voix Nouvelles Academy at Royaumont, Northwestern University New Music Conference, Westben Performer-Composer Residency, IlSuono Contemporary Music Week, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for contemporary music and electronics. She performs Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Stimmung with the Italian contemporary vocal ensemble Fragmente and is a founding member of Mockingbird and Magpie, an experimental voice/cello duo with Toronto composer and cellist Cory Harper-Latkovich. Sarah Grace holds a Master of Arts in composition from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Music in composition from Rice University. From 2021-2022, Sarah Grace was an Harriet Hale Woolley scholar at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris. She is studying voice with Nicholas Isherwood.

Tom Gurin is a composer recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Fullbright scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. He graduated from Yale University with Honors in Composition and received the Paul H. and Brigitte P. Fry Award for excellence. His music has been performed at the highSCORE New Music Festival in Pavia, Italy, the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Mannes School of Music in New York, the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, among others. The National Youth Orchestra of China, the Yale Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles have previewed his compositions. He is a former member of the Belgian American Educational Foundation and graduated from the Belgian Royal Carillon School. Recent awards include previews by the Sonus Foundation in Budapest, the Campanae Lovanienses in Leuven, and the Guilde des Carillonneurs in North America. The latter awarded him the Johan Franco Composition Award 2021. He is currently studying composition at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

Alessandra Gianino is a singer and pianist accomplished in various styles of music. After years of training in musical theatre, Alessandra transitioned to pop and jazz after joining The SoCal VoCals a cappella (1st place, International Champions of A Cappella, 2015). She moved to France in 2017 to tour with The One Hundred Voices of Gospel and has since performed with bands focused in rock, bossa nova/jazz, pop, and musique du monde. She has performed at notable venues including the Palais des Sports, the Beacon Theatre, Universal Studios, and the White House. In addition to performing, Alessandra gives lessons in piano and voice.

Born in 1994 in New York City, American-Javanese violinist Dhyani Heath has performed recitals in France, the United States, Canada, Austria, and the United Kingdom. She performed as a soloist with the American Romantics in 2017 and 2018, as well as with the Chamber Orchestra of Galicia in 2016. After studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and as a scholarship student at the Yale School of Music, she is completing her studies at the CNSMDP as a graduate artist and received a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Born in 1997, Timothée Lambert began his artistic studies in the preparatory class of ENSBA Lyon, before starting at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. After photography and stage design, he went back to his childhood obsession: drawings, stories, and lettering. His current works are taken and composed from diaries, impulsive ideas, to become comfortable with them and to create intimacy with the reader.

Owen Moran is trained as an art historian and film maker who now works as an interdisciplinary artist and educator. Moran’s art practice and educational practice coexist in the creation of alternative spaces to collect and engage with one another through audio visual installation and performance. Through these means, the work examines machines and technology placed in ecological and biological contexts. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he currently studies Transdisciplinary New Media at the Paris College of Art.

Anahita Navaei was born in February 1995 in Paris. She is a filmmaker and visual artist, passionate about images and synesthesia. Having completed a degree in Law and the History of Cinema at the Sorbonne, she went on to study writing and directing at the University of Corsica. She directed her first film, Iran è man, produced by the G.R.E.C (Groupe de Recherches et d’Essais Cinématographiques), in partnership with the Centre Méditerranéen de la Photographie. In 2020, she completed her Masters in Creation at University Paris 8-Saint-Denis. Her second film, Nahid and Sepideh, a fiction set in France and Iran was released at the Festival des 168 Heures. In December 2021, Villa Ndar, the French Institute of Saint Louis in Senegal, offered Anahita a residency to rewrite and develop her latest animated film project, Soum, an animated tale made of fabrics and spices, which takes place in the city of Saint-Louis. She received the “Sortie d’école” grant from the CNC for the project. Anahita Navaei has been an artist-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis since November 2020, where she works in her 5th floor artist studio. Anahita recently took part in the group exhibition Would Do Again and a film evening showcasing resident filmmakers.

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