Forestare

guitar ensemble

“Forestare has managed to create a sound that is distinct... The effect created by this mass of guitars...is quite simply striking.”

— La Presse

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Biography

Quebec-based Guitar ensemble Forestare, composed of 12 guitars, double bass and conductor, has been performing for 15 years. Since Forestare's inception, the ensemble has participated in the creation of close to 50 original works and has adapted nearly another 100 for its unique instrumentation. In doing so, the ensemble has created the largest repertoire of music for guitar ensemble in the world.

Forestare's performances are rooted in a deep commitment to environmentalism and community engagement. Their programme from Tree to Guitar celebrates the unique qualities of the guitar ensemble, with a mise-en-scène emphasizing their arboreal origins. From their sold-out concert halls to their work with students, communities, and causes, Forestare radiates joy and warmth in their activities on and off the concert stage. 

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That concert focuses on the three grand schools of the Baroque era : the Italian, French and German schools, represented by Vivaldi with his Folia and the concerto L'estro Armonico, La Super Fantaisie, BWV651 pour orgue and the Concerto Brandebourgeois no.3 from Bach as well as a suite of pieces taken from the Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Lully.

The 14 musicians of Forestare will take you on an eclectic musical voyage. You will hear classical and contemporary works tinted with a touch of world music and even an arrangement of a country song that is sure to please, all of this with the stage direction of Dominick Trudeau. Truly unique!

Enter the magical world of the exceptional ensemble comprised of 12 guitars and double bass, Forestare. With influences from the world of guitar and Spanish music, Debussy and Ravel pushed the limits of musical
creation and brought forth impressionism to music.

Reviews

LA PRESSE

“Forestare has managed to create a sound that is distinct... The effect created by this mass of guitars...is quite simply striking.”

ALLMUSIC

“The sonority of 13 or so guitars, plus double bass once in a while to round out the lower end and add soaring lyricism, really isn't like anything else, especially when the mix of works explores all manner of playing techniques, mood, and character.” 

—  Patsy Morita

LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL

 

“Fulfilling, never redundant dynamics emphasize the impeccable arrangements and orchestral colors
that carry the listener courageously into ancient times.” 

—  Christophe Rodriguez

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