Apotropaïque, (adj): Something that brings the evil away.

…What if the ills of the century were transformed by music…



Clémence Niclas, voice and flute

Marie-Domitille Murez, gothic harp

Louise Bouedo-Mallet, bow fiddle

Clément Stagnol, medieval lute


Apotropaïk wins « Jeunes Talents Sinfonia » competition of 2019 !

The festival Sinfonia en Périgord is going to support the ensemble in many ways : concert in the festival, workshop, and several concerts in Périgord. Details to come…

Remembrance of the show Générations France Musique, le live of January 12, 2019 at the Theater of the Alliance Française.

Podcast !

Cantiga de Santa Maria, en video

Stella Splendens, en video

Quarte estampie, en video

Novembre 16, 2017 : Apotropaïk wins the 1st prize at the 2nd edition of the Vanves Early Music Competition!

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About us

With a large possibility of instrumentation, ApotropaïK wishes to renew the approach of medieval music.

Its members performed together for the first time in November 2015 to share a concert with Korean traditionnal musicians at the Lyon CNSMD, organised within the frame of the « Année France-Corée 2015-2015 » initiated by the Institut Français. The ensemble began its activity with an intercultural dialogue. ApotropaïK had the chance to approach its practice and repertoire in the light of traditional Korean music. Members of ApotropaïK participated in a similar experience in September 2016: the ensemble was chosen to represent the Lyon CNSMD in the « Transcultural Confluence » project, which was the first stage of an international program gathering the Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus, Denmark) and the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté (Bamako, Mali). Participants had one week to imagine a performance with various aesthetics mixing pop, jazz, early music and non-European traditional music and but also gathering on stage musicians and dancers. The ensemble worked from songs of Machaut and pieces from the London manuscript. This project week ended with a concert opened to a large audience at the Lyon CNSMD. It was a unique experience in terms of sharing. It raised the universal character of these repertoires, medieval secular monody being very representative in that sense, offering an infinite range of possible interpretations.

Since 2016, the ApotropaïK ensemble has been several times invited to play at the Cluny museum (National Museum of the Middle Ages) in Paris. It has also performed in prestigious festivals in France and Europe such as Mars en Baroque (Marseille) or the MAfestival (Bruges). In 2019 the ensemble will preform in the Gröpelinger Barock Festival (Bremen), the Festival de Sablé (Sablé-sur-Sarthe), the Heure Musicale du Jeudi (Nantes) and the Saison musicale des Chartreux (Lyon).
Its repertoire spreads from the 13th to the 15th century. It is focused on instrumental music such as Italian and French estampies from the London manuscript or the Chansonnier du Roi or diminutions from the Faenza Codex, and on vocal music such as troubadour’s songs, monodies from Machaut and Lescurel but also songs from Dufay for the Burgundian Court and Ars Subtilior melodies.

In November 2017 the ApotropaïK ensemble won the 1st prize of the second Vanves Early music festival competition.



16 November, 2019 – 15h30 – Rustrel’s church – Creation about troubadour music.


…Passed events

21 August, 2019 – 18h30 – Sablé Early Music Festival – Program “Ay Santa Maria”.

28 August 2019 – 15h – Sinfonia en Périgord (Périgueux) – Program “Aÿ Amours”.

August 8, 2019 – Simiane-la-Rotonde Festival (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) – Creation of a new program : “Le chant de l’oiseau pèlerin”. European travel trough music and tales of the 14th century.

July 28, 2019 – 16h – Gröpelinger Barock Festival of Bremen – Programm “Adieu amour”. www.groepelbarock.de

July 15 to 21, 2019  – Cité de la Voix in Vézelay (France) – Creative residency and daily concerts.

February 8, 2019, 20h19 – La Courroie, Entraigues – Programme “Aÿ Amours”

February 7, 2019, 20h – Chartreux high school’s chapel in Lyon, “Saison musicale des Chartreux” – Program “Aÿ Amours”

January 12, 2019, 16h – Théâtre de l’Alliance Française (Paris, France) –  radio program Générations France Musique, le live. Public and live broadcast. Podcast here.

November 8, 2018, 18h30 – Nantes, “Heure musicale du jeudi ” at the conservatory – Program “Aÿ Amours”

August 12, 2018 – Bruges MAfestival/Vélo baroque – Program focused on the Cantigas de Santa Maria/Llibre Vermeil

March, 2018 – Festival Mars en Baroque, History Museum of Marseille – “Aÿ Amour!”

February, 2018 – Cluny Museum, Paris – “Adieu mes amours” (concert and workshop)

May, 2017 –  Cluny Museum, Paris – “Chansons, danses et airs virtuoses à la cour de Bourgogne au XVe siècle” (concert and workshop)

November, 2016 – Cluny Museum, Paris – “Le Moyen-Âge finirait-il en Italie ?” (concert and workshop)

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