Rituæls slowly and meticulously offers moments of beauty and calm during a time of mental and emotional turbulence. Rituæls is a mystical artistic experience confronting the infinitely large to the infinitely small, the cosmic with the microscopic, delicately questioning our place in the universe and in relation to our environment. The performance of the charismatic dancer Stacey Désilier accompanies us through the concert like a supreme presence, complementing this imagery.
The musical performance itself can be seen as an grand artistic ceremony during which the musicians occupy several spaces throughout the Church of Saint-Pierre-Apôtre in Montréal in a way that echoes the grandeur and depth of the pieces on the program and becomes our own ritual. The lighting, scenography, and staging contribute to the creation of a succession of moments that transport us and invite contemplation, creating a moment of connection despite what separates us.
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): O vis æternitatis
Arvo Pärt (1935 - ): Psalom et Summa
Nicole Lizée (1973 - ): Another Living Soul
Bryce Dessner (1976 - ): Aheym et Tenebre
Michael Tippett (1905-1998): Lament
Jocelyn Morlock (1969 - ): Exaudi (in an arrangement for solo cello and strings)
Chloé Chabanole, John Corban, Robert Margaryan, Elizabeth Skinner (violin)
Scott Chancey, Xavier Lepage-Brault (viola),
Jérémie Cloutier, Andrea Stewart (cello),
Thibault Bertin-Maghit (double bass),
Stacey Désilier (dancer)
Conception & artistic direction: Thibault Bertin-Maghit
Video production: Benoit Fry & Lucas Harrison Rupnik
Audio production: Carl Talbot
Lighting: Alexandre Péloquin
Scenography: Joëlle Harbec
Fully produced full-length "film-concerts"
exclusive license to rent for online broadcast
Available in English and in French
Educational Capsule: digital and live project development, classical music and indie culture, commissioning new works, and working with filmmakers (available upon request)
Interactive Online String Masterclasses
Social Media Takeovers
"It’s therefore quite marvelous to discover something displaying genuine mastery, created with a deep understanding of the issues facing the audience."
"But no matter how neatly shot, the visuals serve primarily to support one thing: the music. And what music! Mostly modern and contemporary, in the tradition of mystical contemplative minimalism, or, if not, one that “fades” perfectly with it."
- PANM 360
Recent Digital Performances:
Self-produced premiere of Rituæls in december 2020
The music of Rituæls was featured in a special programme on Radio-Canada to commemorate the victims of COVID-19 - Ottawa ChamberFest 2021
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Montréal’s classical string band collectif9 has been attracting varied audiences since their 2011 debut. Known for energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, the group performs “with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention” (The WholeNote). collectif9 has performed over 150 concerts across North America, Europe, and Asia. As performers of classical and contemporary music, the ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the agility of a chamber ensemble.