La Nef

Biography

Active: 1991 - ; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
La Nef is a unique ensemble that presents a musical performance with narration, usually about some person or events from medieval and earlier times. Actually, the group stages what might be described as a mixture of music, storytelling, and acting. The instruments used by the members are typically of medieval origin and include the gemshorn, shawm, psaltery, Arab lute, oud, saz, viola da gamba, and many others. Sometimes the group performs modern Read more music on modern subjects via the New Music Sector offshoot. A typical performance by La Nef would involve six or more performers, including instrumentalists, singers, and narrators/actors. Every two years the ensemble devises a new show. In its early music productions, the music La Nef provides is not always directly related to the subject matter but does capture the historic flavor of the time. Thus, for example, the show Music for Joan the Mad featured the story of this sixteenth century queen, with music not necessarily written or performed for her, but music from her time that captures the mood of the period. La Nef has made nearly a dozen recordings, which have appeared on Dorian Discovery, Atma Classique, and Ambiance Magnétique.

La Nef was formed in Quebec, Canada, in 1991. The founding members were Sylvain Bergeron, Viviane Leblanc, and Claire Gignac, all of whom are still active in the ensemble. The name they chose, La Nef, pertains to the "nave" of a church, the area in which people gather for worship.

The group quickly attracted attention and in 1992 its first recording Musiques pour Jeanne la Folle was issued on Dorian Discovery. There followed several more highly successful recordings and by the turn of the century, La Nef was a major presence on the concert and recording scenes.

In 2001 Gignac established an offshoot she calls the New Music Sector in order to delve into modern and original music with integrated forms and using modern, even electronic instruments in performances. Among the New Music Sector's later efforts was the 2006 production of Last Kiss, which employs the works of Renaissance-era poets Louise Labé and Gaspara Stampa, and uses videography, photography, and other modern techniques in the production. By 2008 La Nef had made well over 500 concert appearances across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Among later recordings is the 2007 CD The Battle of Killikrankie on Atma Classique. Read less
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  • 1.
    Trobairitz: Poems Of Women Troubadours / Shannon Mercer, La Nef
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29846 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Seán Dagher
    Performer:  Shannon Mercer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    O Sweet Woods - Irish And Scottish Airs  / La Nef, Skye Consort
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 3012 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Dowland,  Niel Gow,  Alexander Munro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef,  Skye Consort
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    Turlutte et Reel / Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer, La Nef
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 23011 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer,  La Nef
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    Sacrum Mysterium - A Celtic Christmas Vespers / Sorrell, Apollo's Fire [CD & Bonus DVD]
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 2269 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron,  Jesse Blumberg,  Meredith Hall
    Conductor:  Jeannette Sorrell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef,  Apollo's Fire
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    Dowland In Dublin / Michael Slattery, La Nef
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2650 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland
    Performer:  Michael Slattery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    Nobil Donna / Suzie LeBlanc
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2605 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Felice Sances,  Giovanni Kapsberger,  Stefano Landi,  Marco Marazzoli  ... 
    Performer:  Suzie LeBlanc,  Alexander Weimann
    Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    La Traverse Miraculeuse / La Nef, Les Charbonniers De L'enfer
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2588 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer,  La Nef
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  • 8.
    The Battle Of Killiecrankie - Love And War Songs
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22510 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Hamish Moore,  James Oswald,  Alexander Munro
    Performer:  Meredith Hall,  Matthew White
    Conductor:  Sylvain Bergeron
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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  • 9.
    Musiques Des Montagnes / La Nef
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22390 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Mesut Cemil Bey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    Oikan Ayns Bethlehem / Hall, Bergeron, La Nef
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22365 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Andrew Gant,  John Playford
    Performer:  Sylvain Bergeron,  Meredith Hall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose - Chansons De Robert Burns
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22336 Release Date: 10/12/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Robert Burns,  Turlough O'Carolan,  John Playford
    Performer:  Robin Grenon,  Patrick Graham,  Betsy MacMillan,  Elise Guay  ... 
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    The Eternal Harp
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90019 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Jones,  Alfons X (El Sabio),  Stephen Foster,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  William Taylor,  Cheryl Ann Fulton,  Chris Norman,  Custer LaRue  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alcatraz Ensemble,  KITKA,  Ensemble Galilei  ... 
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    Perceval - The Quest For The Grail Vol 2 / Taylor, La Nef
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90294 Release Date: 03/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sylvain Bergeron
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    Perceval - The Quest For The Grail Vol 1 / La Nef
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90271 Release Date: 08/17/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sylvain Bergeron
    Performer:  Daniel Taylor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    Montségur - La Tragédie Cathare / La Nef
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90243 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfons X (El Sabio),  de Dia, Beatriz, Comtessa,  Anonymous,  Guillaume d'Amiens  ... 
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  • 16.
    La Nef - The Garden Of Earthly Delights
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80135 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Guillaume de Machaut
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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    La Nef - Music For Joan The Mad
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80128 Release Date: 03/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco de la Torre,  Sylvain Bergeron,  Anonymous,  Juan Vasquez  ... 
    Performer:  Isabelle Marchand,  Nicolas Lemieux,  Jean-Pierre Noiseux,  Sylvain Bergeron  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Nef
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Biography

Active: 1991 - ; Montreal, Quebec, Canada
La Nef is a unique ensemble that presents a musical performance with narration, usually about some person or events from medieval and earlier times. Actually, the group stages what might be described as a mixture of music, storytelling, and acting. The instruments used by the members are typically of medieval origin and include the gemshorn, shawm, psaltery, Arab lute, oud, saz, viola da gamba, and many others. Sometimes the group performs modern Read more
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