A French Cellist on an Indian Odyssey!

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Thanks to Bonjour India 2017-18, France’s most gifted and well-known cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton came to India for a multicity tour piloted by Alliance Française de Delhi. Renowned for her talent and creativity, Sonia brought her initiative Odyssey to the subcontinent. This project, previously conducted in the Mediterranean, involves the musician incorporating a landscape of sounds recorded in situ into her performance of classical pieces. This enables the artist to explore  the question of how the world resonates in music through her performances.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Born in San Francisco of a mother of Romanian origin and an American father, Sonia grew up in New York and then Paris. At the Conservatoire National Supérieur, she found herself investigating form and sound with the aim of seeking a language that could be the common denominator for all music. At 19, she crossed the Iron Curtain to live in Moscow where she studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Ever since returning to France, she has pushed boundaries and continues to use music as a language for exploring the world. Interpreting contemporary composers and classical repertoires with equal fervour, she has created a unique niche for herself and frequently ventures with her cello into other artistic forms.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

The Odyssey in India is a follow up to the Odyssey for Cello and Imaginary Choir and is a means for the artist to lose herself in the sounds, narratives and songs of the country. For the project, Sonia travelled to different cities and met several people – taking time to record sounds which could be used as a score for the Odyssey alongside her cello. Each venue hosting a performance thus becomes the home of its own Odyssey variation – the Odyssey for that specific place and for a specific set of people. These residencies took place from Nov 20 to 24 in Trivandrum, Nov 26 to 30 in Pune, Dec 2 to Dec 7 in Bangalore, Dec 9 to Dec 13 in Delhi and Dec 15 to 16 in Udaipur. The mesmerising results of her unique meditations had audiences spellbound in a series of performances in Trivandrum (Nov 24), Pune (Nov 30), Bangalore (Dec 7), Delhi (Dec 13) and Udaipur (Dec 16).

In summation, Sonia states that music is not very different from life and can often be used to transmit what words cannot. A video of the artist talking about her creative process for the Odyssey in India can be found below :

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...