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


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 programme 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 traditionnal 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 inifite range of possible interpretations.

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 monodies from Machaut and Lescurel but also songs from Dufay for the Burgundian Court, Ars Subtilior.

The ApotropaïK ensemble is often invited at the Musée national du Moyen-Âge in Paris (Cluny Museum) and will perform in Marseille for the next edition of Mars en Baroque festival.



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

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

November 17, 2018, 19h – Theatre of Vanves (Paris), “Journées de musiques anciennes” -Program “Aÿ Amours”

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

July 28, 2019 : Gröpelinger Barock Festival de Bremen – Details to come. www.groepelbarock.de

August, 2019: Sablé sur Sarthe Early Music Festival – Details to come.




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