Pendant huit mois, Henry Colomer a filmé le travail de deux facteurs de clavecins exceptionnels, Philippe Humeau et Emile Jobin, ainsi que les rencontres avec leurs amis interprètes, Yoann Moulin, François Guerrier, Kris Verhelst, Pierre Hantaï et Blandine Verlet. Le "Ricercar", c’est à la fois une forme musicale baroque, ancêtre de la fugue, et la recherche : la recherche, selon les mots de Philippe Humeau, de ses « fournisseurs de palettes sonores dans lesquelles les musiciens peuvent piocher pour s’exprimer au mieux ».
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The filmmaker gave such a clear explanation of his work in an interview in the magazine “Images Documentaire”, that we thought we’d show it here verbatim: “… a film about baroque instrument makers, about listening, about tuning your intuitive ear to hear the type of sound an instrument will make, but also listening through other musicians by sharing each other’s experiences.” He films: “people in search of a sound in sync with an era … the film, just like its subject, is improvised but also highly composed”. Here, artist and artisan blur into one.
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