"Les Fragments de la Nuit is a blossoming band created in 2005 by Ombeline Chardes (violin) and Michel Villar (piano), score composers for film.
In order to play their pieces on stage, they decided to set up a quintet made up of three violins, a cello and a piano.""Musique du Crépuscule"", their first album released in 2008, has been greeted with great fervor, and fascinated audiences in festivals such as the prestigious Wave Gotik Treffen, in Leipzig (DE), or Summer Darkness in Utrecht (NL).
With their music, which ranges from tragic to epic and atmospheric, Les Fragments de la Nuit crossed musical borders.
2010 - Their new album, ""Demain, c'était Hier"", perpetuates their timeless musical quest, blending the radiance of the stars with the dark forces that lurk in the Night.
The French ensemble have kept faithful to their trademark style, in which pulsing piano chords set the pace for the string-work woven by the cellist and the three violinists, haunted by female choirs that surface on occasion.
Yet, contrary to its predecessor, which mostly gathered pieces composed over the years, ""Demain, c'était Hier"" was devised as a complete opus, giving way to longer and more elaborate compositions.Although challenging in its complexity, ""Demain, cétait Hier"" is nevertheless immediately engaging, building a vibrant soundtrack to a tale of mystery and suspense.
The album holds quiet, melancholy-driven moments - such as those found on ""Teletemps"" or ""Cyrius B"", emphasized by beautiful violin solos, or the title track's slow motion waltz - that flow into stirring, violent passages on tracks like ""Lunistice"" or ""Des Restes Vivaces"".
Halfway through the record, ""Allegra Aeternae"" offers an epic crescendo, complete with choir, percussion and French horn, immediately preceding the eerie ""Marche Nocturne"" with its wickedly ceremonial atmosphere.