The ODO Ensemble is a Compagnie dedicated to reserch, interpretation and creation in Early Music, traditional music and world music.
Based in Cluny, ODO takes its name from Saint Odon, a Benedictine monk and musician who from 926 to 942 presided as the 2nd Abot of Cluny. The ODO Ensemble was founded in 2013 by the duo of vocalists Claire Merigoux and Olivier Marcaud. Enriched by numerous international experiences, the ensemble creates a link between diverse musical styles and time periods that traverses both time and space.
ODO takes its roots in medieval music and dialogue with traditional world cultures. Imagination, improvisation, and a solid historical context all play a large role in defining the ensemble.
ODO embarks on musical voyages that follow the paths of history, telling the epic stories of humans and their initial voyages that resonant strongly in today's modern world.
Following La Saga des Lusignan, ODO responded to a request from the Europäisches Festival geistlicher Musik (Festival Européen de Musique Sacrée) with the program "Compostela", produced at Aachener Domkapitel à Aix-la-Chapelle, in Germany. This performance commemorated 1200 years after the death of Charlemagne.
In 2016, Claire Merigoux became artistic director of the ensemble, and create news programs. The last one is MESOGEIOS, Songs of women from Medieval Mediterranean who was the subject of the inaugural concert this summer at Cluny's Abby.
ODO Ensemble, a member of the "Association ODO, Music at Cluny", is based out of the Cluny Abby.
New performances are being produced regularly...
For each of its projects, the ODO Ensemble calls for musicians coming from a wide range of backgrounds: medieval music, baroque, classical, traditional music, Celtic, oriental, world, jazz, rock,
In addition to concerts, ODO proposes seminars, cultural and/or pedagogical workshops presented to a diverse public audience: schools, universities, professionals, museums...
Claire Merigoux - Artistic Director
music at Cluny
The Association ODO, music at Cluny has its goal to support ODO Ensemble, a compagnie dedicated to reserch, interpretation and creation in Early Music, traditional music and world music.
By basing the ODO Ensemble at Cluny and in the surrounding areas, it joins an international network.
By supporting the ODO Ensemble, the association develops numerous musical performances and related activities.
The association ensures the production of concerts, the management and administration of activities: artists in residence, performances and tours, training programs, recording and editing of music, events for all to interact with music (musicians, historians, instrument makers, students, scholars, the public, etc.)
All of these activities strive to achieve the same goal.
The association evokes locale and international collaboration among musicians, researchers, instructors, and trainers. It also generates collaborations among other artistic domains.
By creating an open movement, the association offers a unique musical space at Cluny and its region. It promotes and creates a link between patrimonial architectural, history, the spirit and music of Cluny and beyond.
It revives the ancient and new music at Cluny and makes it assessable for all.