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Thursday, June 15, 2023 • AASSM Great Hall • 21.00
François Joubert-Caillet, treble viol and direction
Andreas Linos, viol tenor
Marie-Suzanne de Loye, bass viol
Nolwenn Le Guern, bass viol
Sokratis Sinopoulos, Istanbul Lyre (Istanbul kemençesi)
In Greek mythology, the Acheron is the river Orpheus crosses to rescue Eurydice from the Underworld. As its name suggests, Acheron aims to open up a path between two apparently opposed worlds: that of the living and the dead, the past and the present, the ideal and reality. 
Founded in 2009 by François Joubert-Caillet, L'Achéron regularly works with artists from different backgrounds: traditional, contemporary, computer-assisted music, dance, theatre, etc. and wishes to strengthen the links between musicians and the public by making music accessible without distorting it, painting with the richest and most sensitive palette all kinds of music, whatever their origins.
L'Achéron has been invited to perform on the most important stages in Europe; on the recording front, L'Achéron has released some twenty CDs with Ricercar-Outhere (J. Schenck, A. Holborne, S. Scheidt, O. Gibbons, J.B. Bach, P.H. Erlebach), all of which have been awarded Diapasons d'Or, Chocs de Classica and Echo Klassik. Latest release: Johann Sebastian Bach's Orgelbüchlein adapted for voice, viola da gamba and bandoneon by Albus Fair Editions.
François Joubert-Caillet is today a leading figure in viola da gamba, following in the footsteps of the pioneers of early music by bringing to light forgotten beauties, but also by breaking down the boundaries between music with cross-disciplinary projects (traditional, contemporary, computer-assisted music, improvisation, contemporary dance, etc.).
François Joubert-Caillet has been leading L'Achéron since 2009 on the most important European stages and has made numerous recordings.
Professor of viola da gamba at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nancy, François Joubert-Caillet also created Albus Fair Editions, an independent, fair trade and eco-responsible publishing house in 2021 ( He has published a first opus of his own works for viola da gamba, Isola, as well as the latest disc of L'Achéron, the adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Orgelbüchlein for voice, viola da gamba and bandoneon.
Greek musician Sokratis Sinopoulos is a contemporary master of the lyra. His playing is delicate and nuanced yet highly expressive, and his proficiency on the instrument has been widely acclaimed. Sinopoulos has collaborated with numerous musicians throughout the world. He's equally comfortable crossing genre boundaries into jazz and classical, as he is to staying true to folk traditions of Greece and Eastern Mediterranean. 
Born in Athens in 1974, he studied Byzantine music and classical guitar as a child, and began playing the lyra in 1988, under the instruction of Ross Daly. Sinopoulos' remarkable talent was immediately apparent, and he joined Daly's group Labyrinthos a year later. 
He became highly prolific, contributing to recordings by countless musicians including Eleni Karaindrou for ECM, Charles Lloyd for Blue Note and Jean Guihen Queyras for Harmonia Mundi. He has also recorded with the French baroque ensemble L’ Achéron and with the Turk kementche virtuoso Derya Türkan. Sinopoulos was awarded the Melina Mercouri award for young artists in 1999. 
In 2010, he formed Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet with pianist Yann Keerim, bassist Dimitris Tsekouras, and drummer Dimitris Emmanouil. The debut album of the quartet “Eight Winds”, was produced by Manfred Eicher for ECM records and received excellent reviews globally. The second album of the quartet “Metamodal”, was released in 2019.  Sokratis Sinopoulos is an associate professor in the Department of Music Science and Art in the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.
ANDREAS LINOS, tenor viol
Passionate about the viola da gamba from the age of 11, Andreas Linos began studying this instrument with Nima Ben David at the CNR in Boulogne-Billancourt, that awarded him a First Prize in 2006. Since then, leading a career as a chamber musician, he notably plays in a duet with harpsichordist Oliver Fortin and performs in ensembles such as Le Poème Harmonique, Baroque Nomade, Capriccio Stravagante, Le Concert Étranger and La Camera delle Crime, with which he has recorded around twenty records. Alongside his musical studies, he enrolled at the School of Architecture in Versailles and trained in lutherie in the studio of Bernard Prunier; this is how he contracted the virus of the stage and fell in love with the baroque machinery, which led him to create concert-shows and to stage several works from the Baroque lyrical repertoire.
Marie-Suzanne de Loye works to explore the multiple colors of her instrument by collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds. A graduate of the Boulogne-Billancourt CRR in early music, and a degree in musicology from the Sorbonne, she is now a performing with early music ensembles (L'Achéron, La Tempête, Marguerite Louise) and contemporary composers ( Lionel Ginoux, Jean-Pierre Seyvos, Zad Moultaka). She plays in the Chakâm ensemble (creations of Iranian and Arabic inspiration), Atine (Iranian songs), the viol/voice duo Datura (French song), in Cathy Gringelli's folk quartet, as well as in the KBA#9 collective. (Breton music for voice, strings and electro).
Nolwenn Le Guern began his musical training with the cello. After a complete course, she turned to early music and studied the viola da gamba in the class of M. Muller at the CNSMD in Lyon. In 2011, she obtained a Master's degree in interpretation with honors with a subject devoted to the lyra (small bass viol) and composer Alfonso Ferrabosco II. She participated in the production of Don Quixotte by Henry Purcell at the CNSMD under the direction of P. Ayrton in 2012. Passionate about research, she is currently devoting a thesis on the music of court masks at the beginning of the 17th century for which she receives support of Société Generale. Nolwenn is co-founder of the Ensemble Barbaresque, a group dedicated to medieval music of the 14th and 15th centuries. In 2010, the ensemble received support from the La Caixa foundation to perform in many cities in Spain (Barcelona, ​​Valencia, etc.). She performs very regularly in ensembles such as Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Les Jardins de Courtoisie, Canticum Novum, the Boréades ensemble, the Céladon ensemble, Les Chantres de Saint-Hilaire and the Epsilon ensemble.



L’ACHÉRON “LACHRIMAE LYRAE - TEARS OF EXILE” - Program - Izmir Festival | İKSEV - İzmir Foundation For Culture Arts And Education