guitar ensemble

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

— La Presse

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About Forestare

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.

L’ensemble de guitares Forestare, composé de 12 guitares et d’une contrebasse, existe depuis maintenant 16 ans. Depuis ses débuts, Forestare a réalisé plus d’une cinquantaine d’oeuvres originales et adaptations, ce qui en fait l’ensemble de guitares ayant l’une des plus vastes répertoires au monde. Les performances de Forestare sont ancrées dans un engagement profond envers l'environnementalisme et l'engagement communautaire. 

Leurs programme De l'arbre à la guitare célèbre les qualités uniques de cet ensemble de guitares, avec une mise-en-scène qui met l'emphase sur leurs origines arboricoles. De leurs concerts à guichets fermés à leur travail avec les étudiants, les communautés et les causes, Forestare rayonne d'une joie chaleureuse dans leurs activités sur et en dehors de la scène de concert.

Programmes and projects

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.



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


“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



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

—  Christophe Rodriguez