Ars Nova was created in Paris by Marius Constant in 1963, then director of music at Radio France and musical director of the Paris Opera. In 1988, the conductor composer entrusted the baton and artistic direction of the ensemble ars nova to his young assistant Philippe Nahon and his accomplice Benoît Baillergeau. With Maurice Fleuret, director of music, the three conceive a “relocation” in the region. La Rochelle first, then at the request of the Regional Council Poitou-Charentes, Poitiers. Ars Nova becomes the first decentralized ensemble.
ars nova Today the instrumental ensemble consists of a team of 26 musicians. Composed of talented musicians, faithful to the artistic project of Ars Nova, it is in the spirit of companionship that these musicians are dedicated to the repertoire of the twentieth century and to musical creation, around Philippe Nahon (conductor).
This training is dedicated to defending the new trends of today’s music. She is open to all the musical and artistic practices of her time, wants to be the place of the meeting, the exchange, and builds her projects according to a work done with the composers. Privileged relationships have been formed with Pascal Dusapin, Bernard Cavanna, Andy Emler, Georges Aperghis, Claude Barthelemy, Luc Ferrari, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Alexandros Markéas …
Apart from concerts, which offer a balanced program of research and discovery, one of Ars Nova’s objectives is to carry out projects that connect music and theater, dance and live performance.
Regularly invited to perform in France and abroad, Ars Nova is in residence in the Poitou-Charentes region and Poitiers (creative structure associated with the Theater, National Scene of Poitiers). Since 2000, a mission has been entrusted to Ars Nova in the Nord-Pas de Calais region. He continues with the musical and cultural milieu of these regions an awareness campaign about contemporary music with the composers he invites and his musicians. The latest records recorded by Ars Nova, be it the one devoted to ensemble music and Requiem’s by Pascal Dusapin, or Messe an ordinary day by Bernard Cavanna, have been hailed and rewarded by critics. In 2004 The Imprint Digitale, Marseilles label, publishes two CDs: Collection, by Luc Ferrari and Dimotika, by Alexandros Markeas. Dimotika received in January 2005 “The Shock” of the World of Music. Other CDs are in development project for the year 2005 around Luciano Berio and Sylvain Kassap. Ars Nova has the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Poitou-Charentes and DRAC Nord-Pas de Calais), the Regional Council Poitou-Charentes and Nord-Pas de Calais, the City of Poitiers, and the SACEM.