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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 In concert
  • May 13 – 17, 2020 (postponed): Festival des musiques de création: 29th edition / [Festival postponed to October 8-11, 2020]
    Presented by FCM
    Jonquière (Québec)
  • May 14 – 17, 2020 (cancelled): FIMAV 2020: 36th edition / Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville
    Presented by FIMAV
    Victoriaville (Québec)
  • May 18 – 24, 2020 (cancelled): Re:flux 15: 15th edition
    Presented by Re:flux
    Moncton (New Brunswick, Canada)
  • May 18 – 23, 2020 (to be confirmed): Musique action 20: 36th edition
    Presented by Musique action
    Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle, France)
  • June 4 – 7, 2020 (cancelled): Open Ears 2020: 13th edition / Festival of Music and Sound
    Presented by Open Ears
    Kitchener (Ontario, Canada)
  • July 11 – 18, 2020 (postponed): Sound Symposium XX: 20th edition / [Festival postponed to July 2021]
    Presented by Sound Symposium
    St John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada)
  • July 31 – August 2, 2020: Electric Eclectics 2020: 15th edition / Festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art
    Presented by Electric Eclectics
    Meaford (Ontario, Canada)
  • August 17 – 23, 2020: Salt Festival 2020: 8th edition / New Music Festival and Symposium
    Presented by Salt Festival
    Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
  • October 8 – 11, 2020: Festival des musiques de création: 29th edition
    Presented by FCM
    Jonquière (Québec)
  • May 20 – 23, 2021: FIMAV 2021: 36th edition / Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville
    Presented by FIMAV
    Victoriaville (Québec)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 General

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Critique

Roland Torres, SilenceAndSound, April 2, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020 Press

C’est de Montréal que nous arrive Siamois Synthesis, le super-groupe formé par Maxime Corbeil-Perron (électronique), Maya Kuroki (chant), Sylvain Gagné (basse) et Simon Trottier, auteur d’un premier album, Feu Aimant, qui conjugue habilement diverses tendances, entre post-rock et ambient, experimental folk et psychédélisme drone.

La grande force de Siamois Synthesis consiste dans sa capacité à créer des ambiances changeantes tout en suivant une identité sonore qui lui est propre, déclinant les montées énergiques sans franchir les limites menant à l’explosion.

Feu Aimant aime naviguer sur des territoires mouvants, lâchant les chevaux tout en les tenant de la bride, instituant des zones de confort aux frontières ténues flirtant avec les abysses. Le tout est une combinaison d’équilibre et d’abstraction, d’écoute intérieure et de chemins de traverse, de familiarité émotionnelle et de distanciation cérébrale.

Siamois Synthesis distille ses ingrédients avec modération, alternant titres instrumentaux et chantés, avec des parties de voix parfois disséminées dans la densité des compositions, faisant vaciller les instruments sur des surfaces à la froideur martiale digne des années 80, à l’image du somptueux Urizen. Un album riche et dense qui délivre au fil des écoutes son âme mystérieuse. Très fortement recommandé.

Un album riche et dense qui délivre au fil des écoutes son âme mystérieuse. Très fortement recommandé.

Review

Dolf Mulder, Vital, March 30, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020 Press

Quatuor Bozzini is a very enterprising and focused quartet operating since 1999. Members are: Clemens Merkel (violin), Alissa Cheung (violin), Stéphanie Bozzini (viola) and Isabelle Bozzini (cello). Most of their challenging projects concern modern experimental composers as you may know from earlier reviews. This time they concentrate on some compositions by Ana Sokolović. She is a composer from Belgrade, Serbia. She studied at the University of Novi Sad, Belgrade and Montréal where she is settled since two decades. She has composed for orchestra, solo piano, chamber music ensemble and theatre. The quartet choose following compositions to perform: Ghost 1 (2015), Commedia dell ‘arte I-II-III (2010-2013), Ghost 2 (2015), Blanc dominant (1988) and Troisième page après le soleil (2013). Commedia dell’ arte is the central work, on this release, a composition in 10 parts, inspired on this old Italian theatre tradition. Each one with its own characteristics. But all are very lively and dramatic with dominant elements that are playful and accessible. The composition is preceded and followed by two other ultra short compositions: Ghost I and Ghost II, the first one being very up tempo, while the second one in contrast is a very meditative and reflective piece. Blanc Dominant is inspired on another art form, contemplating the abstract paintings of Guido Molinari. Sokolović proves to be a composer of very intense and dynamic music with influences of (Balkan) folk music and theatre. In the hands of Quatuor Bozzini her compositions come in a very inspired and concentrated performance.

Sokolović proves to be a composer of very intense and dynamic music with influences of (Balkan) folk music and theatre. In the hands of Quatuor Bozzini her compositions come in a very inspired and concentrated performance.

Review

Dolf Mulder, Vital, March 30, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020 Press

Another long-standing collaboration is Castor et compagnie, started by Hétu in 1992. With this project she tries to shed new light on the ‘love song’, exploring new relations between text and vocals on the one hand and music on the other. After a long silence she presents now her third album of this project with music and texts by her hand. Performed by a quintet of veteran musicians: Joane Hétu (vocals, alto sax, objects), Jean Derome (sax, flute, keyboard, objects, voice), Diane Labrosse (sampler, voice), Pierre-Yves Martel (electric bass, synthesizer) and Pierre Tanguay (drums). Vocals (and texts) play a prominent role, and are essential for understanding what is happening here. Alas my knowledge of the French language is far too limited. Concentrating on the music then, we hear experimental song formats, of a style and quality we are used too from Hétu and her companions. They may be not very surprising, but again they are full of funny twists and arrangements with sensitive and expressive vocals and playing. It’s intimate atmosphere and drama is not to be missed.

… full of funny twists and arrangements with sensitive and expressive vocals and playing. It’s intimate atmosphere and drama is not to be missed.

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