Developed mostly in the XIIIth century, the Sirventés is a protesting or satirical poem who describes unceremoniously the violence of its century, the stupidity of the powerful and the fleetingness of human feelings. Sirventés express perfectly the soul of these poets-musicians plunged in their time, these troubadours here quite far from the expression of the courtly love.
Eight centuries later, an energetic trio seizes this anti-authority poetry without border.
Grégory Dargent and Youssef Hbeisch guide with power and distinction the singing of Manu Théron, in a renewed, passionate and bright interpretation of these timeless texts, arranged with boldness and character, transcending the work of these poets-musicians, that has never been more present.
Present from the beginning of Trobar (the poetry of the troubadours), the Sirventés is a difficult exercise where the poet makes a fool of the princes, laughs at the Church and questions the Creator, giving him friendly advice as well as merciless criticisms. Far from the cliché reducing the "troubadour" to a tearful lover in his ivory tower, the Sirventés sets the image of a poet-musician involved in his time, facing turmoil and war, beside his contemporaries. As he is the master of this art that he uses as a Lord, in the middle of the great wars of his time.
Three musicians chose to honour – by developing them or being inspired by them - the original melodies deposited in the end of the XIIIth century by the last troubadours. They will take advantage of their respective experiences fed by collaborations between oriental and occidental music, popular and art music, former and contemporary ones to investigate all the potentialities of the medieval Occitan monody. Mastering digression and improvisation, they will also propose a courteous, intemperate and especially unexpected answer to those who know - like our troubadours - what music and poetry can do to help us easing the nonsense of the world.
Manu Théron: vocals
Youssef Hbeisch: percussion
Grégory Dargent: oud - arrangements