The royal aviary – Artifices

Ensemble Artifices Balade des Oiseaux


Anonyme XVIIIe

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Prelude for the birds

Giga coucou

Giuseppe Giamberti (1600-1663)

Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
Pourquoy doux Rossignol

Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)
Les Ramages

Giuseppe Tartini(1692-1770)
L’hirondelle… Sur un poème de Metastasio

Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)

Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738)
Le Caquet

Michel Blavet (1700-1768)
Entrée de chasse

Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726)

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Airs de serinette
Airs de flageolet d’oiseau


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Le Chardonneret

Pietro Nardini
Le Rossignol, la caille et le coucou

Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Le Cygne

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667-1737)
Les Ramages

Alice Julien-Laferrière, violin
Matthieu Bertaud, flutes

The royal aviary

Monday July 29th, 15:00 – Espace culturel – Le Savoie (St-Michel-de-Maurienne)

Is there anything more perfect than birdsong imitated by a flute? This suave, melodious instrument can also soar to high-pitched notes and vie with the warble of these tiny winged creatures, in turn sweet turtle dove, virtuoso nightingale, or mocking cuckoo… Then, let the violin join the consort and show how ornamentation can indeed emulate birds’ trills…
But in the wealthy courts of Europe, not only are birds imitated, they are also trained to sing! The King himself has a canary which can sing twelve airs and a number of preludes faultlessly.
We are offering to take you on a tour of the King’s gardens, in search of a variety of birds and their symbolic dimension, at a time when the aviary is both a source of amusement and a motive of inspiration. Indeed, poets and musicians are inspired by the songs of these feathered friends, painters and hatters by their bright colours, and aristocratic audiences delight in their talents as imitators.


L’Ensemble Artifices

L’Ensemble Artifices was born from the research Alice Julien-Laferrière carried out on The influence of imitation on violin language – an iconic theme in Baroque thinking, ever avid of trompe-l’œil and illusion.
Alice Julien-Laferrière and the artists she gathers around her devise programmes at the confluence of several artistic domains: literature, historical research, drama, circus arts, songs, campanology, ecology, shadow play, ornithology, drawing…
Songbirds, bells in music and society, pasticcio or the imitation of everyday sounds, all of these favourite themes find their expression in various forms — in concerts and shows for all audiences, but also in musical promenades and in-school activities.
2018 was the year of the creation of a tale, Les Bottes de Sept Lieues ou les exploits du Petit Poucet devenu courrier, first as a CD-book, then as a play. Then followed another children’s show, Papa Bach! devoted to the composer. A second CD-book, Le Violon et l’Oiseau, will be published in october 2019.


Alice Julien-Laferrière
Alice studies the piano and the violin, as well as modern literature and drama, an eclectic mix. If she finally opts for Baroque violin, she combines all her former interests in the creations of the Ensemble Artifices, which she forms in 2012, after completing her studies at the Lyon CNSMD.
With viola da gamba player Mathilde Vialle, Alice also founds the Duo Coloquintes, whose first recording, Froberger en tête à tête, will be followed by a second opus devoted to Louis Couperin.
A specialist of 17th and 18th-century repertoires, Alice is regularly invited to perform with various ensembles, both in France and abroad.


Matthieu Bertaud
Trained at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Netherlands) and the Lyon CNSMD, Matthieu specialises in Early transverse flutes. A member of the Rencontres de flûtes à bec en Rhône-Alpes, he actively contributes to the revival of this instrument and Renaissance wind instruments, in general.
Much of his practice is devoted to the performance of chamber music within several ensembles, whether for recordings or concerts: Correspondances, Les Surprises, la Compagnie des Zeph’ or again, L’ Ensemble Artifices.

L’Ensemble Artifices is supported by the Caisse des Dépôts, its main sponsor.

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