The Irini ensemble, founded in 2014 by Lila Hajosi, is a polymorphic vocal ensemble favoring a capella work, resolved to create “links which set free” between time and musical areas. It’s journey goes from the European Middle Ages to Byzantine music, to contemporanean music (composer Zad Moultaka created Quel mystère que tu aies un corps for Irini in 2018 and Casus Ade in 2022), from the banks of the Fertile Crescent to the court of Bavaria via Constantinople.
Laureate of the Cité de la Voix de Vézelay, the ensemble is invited to prestigious festivals such as the Festival de Radiofrance Montpellier, Sacred Arts of Perpignan and Evron, Voix et Routes Romanes, Sinfonia en Périgord, and those of the Abbey of Sylvanès or Mont St Michel. Its first female trio program "Maria Nostra" gave birth in 2018 to Irini’s first album recorded at the Cité de la Voix and was awarded by a "Choc" of Classica magazine.
Committed in promoting early music and appropriating repertoires that are but little represented, it is towards Christian Mysticism that the Irini ensemble turns with “O Sidera”, through the figures of the Sibyls, the Cherubim, the Mystery of the Incarnation, around the divine “Great Beyond”, where reason is lost and where spirit and music take the paths of the dream. This mixed vocal quintet program puts the Prophecies of the Sibyls by Roland de Lassus into perspective with extracts from the Byzantine liturgy.
Direction : Lila Hajosi
Mezzo-sopranos : Eulalia Fantova and Clémence Faber
Contraltos : Julie Azoulay, Lauriane Le Prev – Gaudois and Marie Pons
Tenor : Benoît-Joseph Meier
Basses : Guglielmo Buonsanti and Alessandro Ravasio