The Traffic Quintet is an atypical ensemble, born out of an initiative of the violinist Dominique Lemonnier, aka Solrey, exploring the great repertoire of films scores since 2005. The quintet invites itself in the world of chamber music and proposes unprecedented musical shows. Solrey collaborates closely with the composer Alexandre Desplat to offer creative transcriptions and ambitious projects of film music. Traffic Quintet recorded numerous scores for the composer as Fantastic Mr Fox, Lust Caution, Un héros très discret, Sur mes lèvres…
Surrounded by passionate musicians about new repertoires, Solrey creates a visual space for each show for this innovative formation (string quartet and double bass) structured around a theme, music and video creation. Their concerts are new sound and visual experiences for the audience.
After the success of Nouvelles Vagues, an homage to the film composers of the 1960’s, Solrey creates Divine Féminin for the Traffic Quintet, evoking the sacrificial women from Pascal Dusapin to Bernard Herrmann, then Eldorado (2011), a journey in the American dream from Miles Davis to Philip Glass, and Quai de Scènes (2013), dedicated to Alexandre Desplat’s music.
The Traffic Quintet has already performed in many prestigious venues in New York, Washington, Paris at La Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Grand Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio, Théâtre de l'Atelier, at the International Festival of Contemporary Music Musica in Strasbourg, in Kuwait City, in Rome at La Villa Médicis, at the Ravello International Festival, at the Mito Festival in Milan and travels through the international film festivals of Ghent, Thessaloniki, La Rochelle, Geneva and several times for the Cannes Film Festival.
© Xavier Forcioli