In line with his approach, Félicien federated a collective, surrounding himself with talented musicians of his generation and young composers.
First of all, he created the Pari des Bretelles where he chose to mix his breath with the bows of the double bass player Édouard Macarez and the Quatuor Hermès. For this sextet, he commissioned Thibault Perrine to write a piece of “learned” music inspired by the musette repertoire, Suite Musette, and several arrangements of works by Gershwin, Prokofiev and Piazzolla.
Continuing this approach, he imagined duets that were to become popular thanks to tours throughout France with the double bass player Édouard Macarez (soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France), the mandolin player Julien Martineau, the clarinet player Renaud Guy-Rousseau (soloist with the Orchestre National de France) and the trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin-Vary.
Despite the global pandemic, the year 2020 is rich in novelties. A programme called “NEUF” is created as a sextet, again with the Quatuor Hermès and Édouard Macarez, to pay tribute to Beethoven on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth. This programme includes nine creations by nine contemporary composers: Corentin Apparailly, Stéphane Delplace, Domi Emorine, Thomas Enhco, Cyrille Lehn, Patrice d’Ollone, Thibault Perrine, Fabien Waksman and Jean-François Zygel. It was recorded in May 2020 and the eponymous album was released in November 2020 on the Mirare label.
Another highlight of this very special year 2020 was the creation of a new duo in July, combining Félicien’s accordion with the guitar of Thibaut Garcia, Instrumental Soloist Revelation at the 2019 Victoires de la Musique. In June 2021, Thibaut and Félicien will create Lidia, a piece for guitar and accordion by Thibaut Perrine.
In 2021, a quintet will be created to celebrate the centenary of Astor Piazzolla. Félicien will pay tribute to the master of Tango Nuevo alongside four wonderful friends and musicians: violinist Jordan Victoria, pianist Thomas Enhco, guitarist Thibaut Garcia and double bassist Édouard Macarez. Thomas Enhco will compose a piece for this unusual group, Vol de Nuit, which will be premiered at the Radio-France Montpellier Occitanie Festival on 21 July 2021 at the Berlioz Opera in Montpellier.