Misceo evokes by its etymological and conceptual definition the mixtures of influences and miscegenation. The program highlights works written by composers who have distinguished themselves by their writing and their singular color. Just like Claude Debussy in France, Edward Grieg in Norway or Belà Bartok in Hungary at the beginning of the 20th century, the composers of this program perpetuate and bring to life the soul of their culture through their music. Works with a more traditional discourse are mixed with avant-garde or contemporary ones to offer you a slide show linked by the theme of folklore.
Misceo offers a repertoire ranging from 1970 to today highlighting Rasch works by George Aperghis (Greece), Naturale, by Luciano Berio (Italy), Dmaathen, by Iannis Xenakis (Greece) in addition to creations specially composed for the project by Ana Sokolovic (Serbia-Canada) and by the composer Anishinaabe Melody McKiver where the trio is sometimes reunited or deconstructed into duets.
Each composer presented evokes in a very personal way his contribution to tradition and culture. In Berio, Sokolovic and McKiver, the inspiration of respectively Italian, Serbian and indigenous folklore is obvious and assumed, while in Aperghis and Xenakis, the influences of Greek folklore are symbolized more by specific writing techniques.
This concert is recommended for both contemporary music enthusiasts and curious audiences wishing to discover the many faces of percussion, the saxophone and the viola.
About the Artists
Violist Marina Thibeault’s “plangent tone and expressive phrasing” (The Strad) foreground a great richness in its playing that is on display across genres. Since being named Radio-Canada's classical "Revelation" for 2016-2017, Marina has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with their elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence.
An accomplished soloist, Marina's many performance highlights include Berlioz's Harold in Italy with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal and the North American premiere of Peteris Vasks's concerto with the Sinfonia Toronto.
Marina's first album, Toquade, was released in April 2017 on the ATMA label, and was nominated by the ADISQ and Prix Opus for Album of the Year. Their critically-acclaimed 2020 JUNO award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking female and non-binary composers from Clara Schumann to the present day.
A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Marina has utilized the broad-ranging ELLES project in various iterations to reach out to at-risk women and raise awareness for organizations that support this important cause.
DUO AIRS is a contemporary chamber music duo with saxophone (Louis-Philippe Bonin) and percussion (David Brongo). As the only active saxophone and percussion chamber music performers in Quebec, their goal is to help discover the lesser-known facets of their instruments by programming chamber music and solo repertoire for saxophone and percussion and presenting it to a wide audience. Deeply committed to offer a dynamic and unique experience different from a traditional classical music recital, their artistic vision offers a holistic approach to their performance: each concert revolves around a specific theme where space, transitions and the music act as a “plus-value” to the audience's experience.
Louis-Philippe and David’s first musical collaboration goes back to the Laboratory of Contemporary Music of Montreal (LMCM) in 2013. Really quickly after this workshop, they accumulate many performance opportunities and are invited to perform their first show “La Virtuosité selon Philippe Hurel et Philippe Leroux’’ at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, 2015. The following year, they are produced by Code d’Accès to perform "Les Entrailles de La Terre" bringing together in the program works by composers from Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden. In May 2018, they present their show "Eau douce - Eau Trouble" in co-production with Codes D’Accès, Le Vivier and Festival Accès Asie which was chosen by Conseil des Arts en Tournée (CAM) for the duo’s first Montreal tour in March 2020.
In 2019 and with the support of the Canadian Council for the Arts (CAC), they perform "AIRS en Ré" at the Gesù Amphitheater and are part of the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur’s 2019-2020 season where they present their latest show "AIRS Spectraux" with baritone Vincent Ranallo.