Quintet Clarinettes, five men playing their "treujenngaol" ....
at the Theatre de Cornouaille the five black-clad virtuoso clarinettists
played traditional airs at a brisk pace and in a very contemporary vein.
The music was characterised by sounds ressembling the cries of seagulls
- "a technique they use in Bulgaria" explained Erik Marchand after the
concert. "Blowing across the dismantled clarinette makes a flute sound".
Another eastern inspiration came from Michel Aumont, the bass clarinette
player, when he breathed in to play, instead of out! Counterpoint and
rhythm in abundance, the players never stopped moving for a moment,
and after the final encore the audience let rip as the players retreated
to the sound of rapturous applause.