This concert puts the notion of folklore at the center of the musical inspirations of yesterday's and today's composers. Misceo evokes by its etymological definition mixture, disorder and union, reflected artistically by the choice of works that present the performers in a variable geometry formula where the trio is sometimes reunited or deconstructed into duets.
United especially for the occasion, these three musicians offer a repertoire ranging from 1970 to the present day, highlighting works sur as Rasch by George Aperghis (Greece), Naturale by Luciano Berio (Italy) Dmaathen by Iannis Xenakis (Greece) in addition to creations by Ana Sokolovic (Serbia-Canada) and Ontario Anishiaabe composer Melody McKiver.
Each of the composers featured demonstrate their very personal attachment to tradition and culture. With Berio, Sokolovic and McKiver, the inspiration of Italian, Serbian and indigenous folklore is evident and assumed, while with Aperghis and Xenakis, influences of Greek folklore are more symbolized by specific writing techniques.
This concert is recommended for contemporary music enthusiasts as it is for the curious audience wishing to discover the many faces of percussion, saxophone and viola.
About the Artists
Violist Marina Thibeault’s “plangent tone and expressive phrasing” (The Strad) foreground a great richness in her playing that is on display across various styles. Named Radio-Canada's classical "Revelation" for 2016-2017, Marina has delighted audiences across Canada, the United States, and Europe with her elegant, spellbinding performances and engaging presence.
An accomplished concerto soloist, Marina has performed with the North Czech Philharmonic, Mariánské Lázně Symphony Orchestra, the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, the Verbier festival, the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Sinfonia Toronto, to mention a few.
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. Her 2020 JUNO Award-nominated album ELLES honours groundbreaking women composers from Clara Schumann to the present day. A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Thibeault 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. The concert adaptation of ELLES presents a wide-ranging program of works for solo viola by Ana Sokolović, Dorothy Chang, and Melody McKiver.
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.