The international modal music network

The international modal music network gives a framework for reflection and research on modal musics.

Modal understanding, which is historically present in Western music, seems today reserved for describing non-European music. However, modality is the base of many Western Europe popular types of music, as it is for Western Brittany, where oral and popular modal music was common. And it was this that fuelled our reflection.

The modal music network will be a cornerstone for thought, research and meetings aimed at feeding creation. It will bring together performers, composers, instrument makers, teachers and musicologists around a range of musical styles: popular and classical music from oral traditions, traditional music from Western countries, jazz and contemporary classical music.

Beyond informal exchanges, the members of the centre gather in biennial conferences to deal with modality and its presence in contemporary musical creation. The first conference, which marked the start of the centre, took place in November 2011 around the topic “Modality, a bridge between East and West”.

  • International conference: modality, a bridge between East and West

    On 17 and 18 November 2011, a conference gathering musicians, composers, instrument makers and craftsmen, and musicologists was held at Le Quartz, Brest’s Cultural Centre, to discuss modality in contemporary creation and the common points it implies between East and West.

  • Modality, Brittany, Music

    Erik Marchand discusses modality in world music and in the music of Brittany.

  • Opening up to modal music

    A presentation by Amine Beyhom and Erik Marchand
    On Wednesday 16 November 2011, the conference will be preceded by a talk on modal music given by Amine Beyhom and Erik Marchand. While setting the tone for the next few days, this buffet event at Le Quartz will also be an opportunity to present the theoretical basis of modal music. This presentation is open to all interested parties.

  • Bibliography

    A few reference works on modal understanding.

  • Data archiving

    DROM’s modal music archives.

  • Archives

    November 4, 5, and 6, 2010: Brest lives to the rhythm of modal music

    The DROM association, Le Quartz and Musiques et Danses en Finistère have organised three days of modal music events in partnership with the Centre Breton d’Art Populaire, the Vivre le Monde association, the students from the Master’s degree in “Management du spectacle vivant” and the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique.

Association DROM

Au Quartz – 60, rue du château - BP 91039
29210 Brest - cedex 1

09 65 16 71 21


Remerciement photos : Eric Legret