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Founded fifty years ago and directed by Joël Suhubiette for the last twenty years, the Ensemble Jacques Moderne - composed of a vocal and instrumental ensemble and enriched by musicological research - performs two centuries of ancient European music, from Renaissance polyphony to Baroque vocal music.

The Ensemble

Published 22/02/2018

Conducted for 30 years by Joël Suhubiette, the Ensemble Jacques Moderne was founded in 1973 by musicologist Jean-Pierre Ouvrard. Enriched by musicological research, it performs two centuries of ancient European music, from Renaissance polyphony to the peak of Baroque vocal music. Based in Tours (France) and both a vocal and instrumental ensemble, it regularly performs at major venues and festivals in France and in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Latvia…), in South America (Colombia), in Asia (Japan), and recently in Canada.

For many years now, under Joël Suhubiette’s baguette, the ensemble focuses on French, Italian, German, and English repertoires, as evidenced in the latest records: Markuspassion – Reinhard Keiser in 2015, Au Long de la Loire in 2019 and Vêpres Romaines in 2023.

The Ensemble Jacques Moderne is devoted to the dissemination of unknown, forgotten, and unedited works (as testified by their recordings of Regnard, Mouton, Tabart, Gagliano, Bassano, and Keiser), as well as the interpretation of the repertoire of such great masters as Monteverdi, Carissimi, Charpentier, Purcell, Handel, and Bach.

The Ensemble Jacques Moderne is an ensemble conventionné with the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles du Centre-Val de Loire and with the Conseil Régional du Centre-Val de Loire, and is subsidized by the Conseil Départemental d’Indre-et-Loire and the Ville de Tours. It receives aid for specific projects from SPEDIDAM and CNM, and is a member of FEVIS and PROFEDIM.