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Les Rencontres Musicales et Scientifiques are structured among contemporary and classical music concerts and pluridisciplinary roundtables. 


The combination of concerts and roundtables allows to offer in a single event, different approaches of music and to reunite people participating to its realisation.Composers, interprets, researchers in social and experimental sciences working on those concepts, are invited to join the RMS.

This initiative is the result of the collaboration between composer Elisabeth Angot and sociologist Célia Poulet, first realised during a symposium on rhetoric and linguistics at the University of Bruxelles (ULB) in April 2014. In order to combine sociology and composition, the first step was to produce a common definition of the music as a phenomenon allowing to group both the description of internal characteristics of music and the different social, anthropological, cultural etc. systems in which music is embedded.

Les Rencontres Musicales et Scientifiques aim to broaden this approach in the research of more complete knowledge of musical phenomenon, by the alliance of different disciplines.


They have many specific features:

  • In order to promote arts and scientific knowledge, they take place in a public space. Roundtables are access-free.

  • Concerts take place before roundtables and constitute for the public and for the participants something they can use for discussion.

  • Participants are from different disciplines: instrumental and mixt composition, electroacoustic composition, musical interpretation, social and experimental sciences, philosophy etc.

  • Concerts propose different repertoires: classical music, contemporary music, electroacoustic music.

  • Works might be ordered to young composers. 

Les Rencontres Musicales et Scientifiques are designed for a public of melomanes, researchers, musicians and students. 







Pascal Terrien


Aix-Marseille university

Professor of education sciences in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris