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25th Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

2008 Edition (May 15 - 19, 2008)

  • Programming

  • Photos Report

  • Closing Words

CONCERTSfimav2008
JEAN DEROME ET LES DANGEREUX ZHOMS + 7
Quebec
JOHN ZORN
«The Dreamers»
USA — Canadian Premiere
THE FRIENDLY RICH SHOW
Canada
TIM BRADY / MARTIN MESSIER / BRADYWORKS
«Switch»
Quebec — World Premiere
GLEN HALL
«Ear / Cam»
Canada — Quebec Premiere
FRED FRITH
«Cosa Brava»
England, USA — Canadian Premiere
JOHN ZORN
«Moonchild»
USA — Canadian Premiere
THE PEEESSEYE
USA — Canadian Premiere
VIVIANE HOULE / STEFAN SMULOVITZ / NOAM GAGNON / JAMIE GRIFFITHS
«Gesture4»
Canada — Quebec Premiere
THE NIHILIST SPASM BAND + SUN PLEXUS 2
Canada, France — North American Premiere
FRANZISKA BAUMANN / MATTHIAS ZIEGLER
Switzerland — North American Premiere
SPUNK
Norway — North American Premiere
KTL
USA, Austria — North American Premiere
OM
USA — Quebec Premiere
NADJA
Canada
JOE MORRIS / SIMON H FELL / ALEX WARD
USA, England — World Premiere
NICK DIDKOVSKY
«Ice Cream Time»
USA, Switzerland — North American Premiere
GUNDA GOTTSCHALK / XU FENGXIA
Germany, China — North American Premiere
JOE MCPHEE / RAYMOND BONI / DAUNIK LAZRO / CLAUDE TCHAMITCHIAN
USA, France — North American Premiere
ROSCOE MITCHELL & THE NOTE FACTORY
USA — Canadian Premiere
MICHEL F CÔTÉ
«(Juste) Claudette»
Quebec
RENÉ LUSSIER / MARTIN TÉTREAULT / OTOMO YOSHIHIDE
Quebec, Japan — World Premiere
ELLIOTT SHARP SOLO
USA — Canadian Premiere
ART BEARS SONGBOOK
England, USA — World Premiere

All photos by Martin Morissette

Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms + 71.JeanDerome
Quebec
«On a eu droit à toute la palette de ce très doué compositeur, déployée sur deux fresques de musique actuelle... de chambre.»
La Presse, samedi 17 mai 2008, Alain Brunet

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Lori Freedman
Tom Walsh


John Zorn2.JohnZorn
«The Dreamers»
USA
Canadian Premiere
«The Dreamers est un projet très mélodique qui recoupe différents styles musicaux, servis par sept musiciens de haut calibre»
Ici, jeudi 15 mai 2008, Serge Paradis

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Cyro Baptista
Trevor Dunn
Jamie Saft


The Friendly Rich Show3.ThefriendlyRichShow
Canada
«Rien ne peut vraiment vous préparer à ce spectacle, inspiré à la fois du cirque, de Pee Wee Herman et du burlesque américain!»
Programme du FIMAV 2008, samedi 17 mai 2008, François Couture

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David Hannan
Friendly Rich


Tim Brady, Martin Messier, Bradyworks4.TimBrady
«Switch»
Quebec
World Premiere
«As a composer, Brady fits in alongside contemporaries including Evan Ziporyn, David Lang and Martin Bresnick»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

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Tim Brady
Bradyworks
Martin Messier
Catherine Meunier
Brigitte Poulin


Glen Hall5.GlenHall
«Ear / Cam»
Canada
Quebec Premiere
«Hall s’y trouve superbement entouré des artistes les plus audacieux que Toronto ait à offrir.»
Programme du FIMAV 2008, samedi 17 mai 2008, François Couture
«Ear/Cam» de Glen Hall: l’une des belles surprises du festival!»
ImproJazz, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Réjean Bocage

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Glen Hall
Mike Hansen


Fred Frith6.FredFrith
«Cosa Brava»
England, USA
Canadian Premiere
«The only downside about Cosa Brava’s show was that there was no CD to buy afterwards.»
All about Jazz, vendredi 16 mai 2008, John Kelman
«What I dug about this set was how inventive it was while still keeping the essence of memorable pop music mind.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

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Fred Frith
Zeena Parkins


John Zorn7.JohnZornmoonchild
«Moonchild»
USA
Canadian Premiere
«Zorn est un génie prolifique, mais il faut l’apprivoiser.»
Le Devoir, vendredi 16 mai 2008, Laurence Martin
«Le gourou de la musique actuelle est indéniablement l’homme des extrêmes!»
La Nouvelle, samedi 17 mai 2008, Kateline Grondin
«Mike Patton a fait ce soir-là des acrobaties vocales qui défient les lois de la physique»
ImproJazz, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Réjean Bocage

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Trevor Dunn
Mike Patton


The Peeesseye8.ThePeeesseye
USA
Canadian Premiere
«L’emmerde, la routine, The Peeeseye ne connait pas.»
Programme du FIMAV 2008, samedi 17 mai 2008, François Couture
«Le trio nous a servi une musique puissante et bien abstraite, colorée d’envolées vocales
que l’on aurait cru sorties de la bouche d’un Genesis P-Orridge»
ImproJazz, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Réjean Bocage

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The Peeesseye


Viviane Houle, Stefan Smulovitz9.VivianeHoule
Noam Gagnon, Jamie Griffiths
«Gesture4»
Canada
Quebec Premiere
«Deftly and seamlessly integrating visual arts, dance and music, Houle, Smulovitz, Gagnon and Griffiths delivered a performance
that set the tone for what was to come during the rest of the day’s events.»
All about Jazz, samedi 17 mai 2008, John Kelman

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Jamie Griffiths
Viviane Houle
Stefan Smulovitz


The Nihilist Spasm Band + Sun Plexus 210.TheNihilistSpasmBand
Canada, France
North American Premiere
«A rare performance by London, Ontario’s improve group Nihilist Spasm Band.»
Mirror, jeudi 8 mai 2008, Johnson Cummins
«Their MC and spoken word vocalist, Bill Exley, is often hilarious in things that he says.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

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Laurent Berger
The Nihilist Spasm Band
Sun Plexus 2


Franziska Baumann11FranziskaBaumann
Matthias Ziegler
Switzerland
North American Premiere
«Baumann possesses a voice with a remarkable range, and an ability to acoustically stretch its potential through multiple extended techniques, and that would have been enough to make the show a must-see.»
All about Jazz, samedi 17 mai 2008, John Kelman

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Franziska Baumann
Matthias Ziegler


Spunk12Spunk
Norway
North American Premiere
«La cohésion était si remarquable, pour ces improvisatrices, qu’on ne pouvait que se laisser bercer par les sentiments inspirés par cette suite musicale étrange, intuitive et audacieuse.»
La Nouvelle, dimanche 18 mai 2008, Kateline Grondin
«Norway’s all-female Spunk breaks the gender barrier when it comes to free improv with their combination of boldness and sensitivity and non-competitive spirit.»
The Gazette, lundi 19 mai 2008, Irwin Block
«Un des très beaux concerts du festival, dans lequel les idées musicales sont développées en interaction constante.... Jamais ennuyant, toujours étonnant.»
ImproJazz, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Réjean Bocage
«The music progressed with an overall sense ok arc, from spattered activity at the start, through freely pulsing waves, to glitched and looping quavering sheets, ending with a hushed resolution.»
Cadence, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Michael Rosenstein

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Lene Grenager
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
Spunk


KTL13KTL
USA, Austria
North American Premiere
«The sound grew more ominous and oppressive as it slowly evolved
and bore down on us like a vat of molten molasses.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

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Emil Amos
Peter Rehberg


OM14OM
USA
Quebec Premiere
«Sleep’s Al Cisneros wakes up to music again with his mind-melting new duo.»
Mirror, jeudi 15 mai 2008, Johnson Cummins
«Le mélange basse-batterie donne dans un rock lourd et hypnotique.»
Ici, jeudi 15 mai 2008, Serge Paradis

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Emil Amos
Peter Rehberg


Nadja15.Nadja
Canada
«Nadja propose un rock original qui découle d’une vision artistique solide et assurée.»
Programme du FIMAV 2008, samedi 17 mai 2008, François Couture

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Aidan Baker
Nadja


Joe Morris, Simon H Fell, Alex Ward16JoeMorris
USA, England
World Premiere
«The trio sounded like an ongoing three-way conversation in which there was a stream ideas that flowed back and forth between each member.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter
«From the first moments, though, it was clear that this was a perfect match!»
Cadence, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Michael Rosenstein

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Joe Morris


Nick Didkovsky17.nickDidkovsky
«Ice Cream Time»
États-Unis, Suisse
Première Nord-Américaine
«Très différent de la musique de Doctor Nerve, ce projet en rappelle pourtant la fougue, le mordant et la folie créatrice.»
Programme du FIMAV 2008, samedi 17 mai 2008, François Couture

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Arte Quartett
Thomas Dimuzio


Gunda Gottschalk18.GundaGottschalk
Xu Fengxia
Germany, China
North American Premiere
«À leurs jeux mélodieux, bruitistes ou percussifs, s’ajoutaient des dialogues de chant ou de voix exquis.»
Le Soleil, samedi 17 mai 2008, Nicolas Houle
«The connection between the two was palpable, and as the music became more rigorous it also became more profound, with Fengxia smiling at Gottschalk as moments of particularly deep simpatico occurred.»
All About Jazz, dimanche 18 mai 2008, John Kelman
«By the end of the set the audience was exhilarated and many were astonished by the level of intensity that these two women provided.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter
«Their playing alluded to folk themes and sonorities pushed into a conversational give-and-take»
Cadence, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Michael Rosenstein

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Xu Fengxia
Gunda Gottschalk


Joe McPhee, Raymond Boni19.JoeMcPhee
Daunik Lazro, Claude Tchamitchian
USA, France
North American Premiere
«What always amazes me is the way Joe McPhee has continued to find kindred spirits (gifted improvisers) from around the world and unite them to make a special/spiritual music that is without borders.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

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Joe McPhee


Roscoe Mitchell & The Note Factory20.RoscoeMitchell
USA
Canadian Premiere
«Sans tomber dans l’exubérance, il a su garder une grande sensibilité et musicalité, tout en expérimentant avec les différentes écoles de musique savante. Accompagné d’un double quatuor, il est véritablement un incontournable du jazz d’avant-garde.»
Ici, jeudi 15 mai 2008, Serge Paradis
«Avec The Note Factory, un double trio piano-contrebasse-batterie complété d’un côté par les sax et la flûte du leader, de l’autre par les trompettes de Corey Wilkes, le vieux manitou a offert un concert dense et exigeant.»
Le Soleil, dimanche 18 mai 2008, Nicolas Houle
«The music ranged from dark and spacious to chaotic and intense; but no matter where it went, there was always an underlying sense of purpose.»
All About Jazz, dimanche 18 mai 2008, John Kelman
«The entire group gradually built density, moving into a buffeting maelstrom propelled by Mitchell’s insistently cyclical circularly breathed soprano.»
Cadence, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Michael Rosenstein

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Vijay Iyer
Jaribu Shahid
Tani Tabbal
Corey Wilkes


Michel F Côté21.MichelFCote
«(Juste) Claudette»
Quebec
«Indeed, Claudette (for the intimates) is all about groove.»
PanPot, mardi 3 juin 2008, Mathieu Bélanger

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Alexander MacSween


René Lussier, Martin Tétreault, Otomo Yoshihide22.ReneLussier
Quebec, Japan
World Premiere
«Les trois compères ont donné forme à des bruitistes inspirées.»
Le Soleil, samedi 17 mai 2008, Nicolas Houle
«This was a most magical set that will hopefully be released in the future.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter
«Il y a là du bruitisme, bien sûr, et beaucoup, mais servi sur un nuage. Ce n’est plus la fin du monde,
mais plutôt quelque chose comme le big bang, avec tout ce que ça peut suggérer côté développement.»
ImproJazz, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Réjean Bocage

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René Lussier
Otomo Yoshihide


Elliott Sharp Solo23.ElliottSharpSolo
USA
Canadian Premiere
«L’alchimiste des sons»
Le Soleil, samedi 17 mai 2008, Nicolas Houle
«Nobody plays the guitar quite like Mr. Sharp!»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter
«The overarching form took the performance beyond a mere guitar-wonk recital of technical mastery.»
Cadence, mardi 1 juillet 2008, Michael Rosenstein

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Elliott Sharp


Art Bears Songbook24.ArtBearsSongbook
England, USA
World Premiere
«Une belle finale signée Art Bears!»
Le Soleil, mardi 20 mai 2008, Nicolas Houle
«The collective energy and, for material that in many instances was extraordinarily bleak, unmistakable enjoyment had by all that made this closing performance of FIMAV 2008 not just a highlight, but the highlight of the festival.»
All About Jazz, mardi 20 mai 2008, John Kelman
«What this concert did for me is that is showed that art/rock or progressive music is not dead and has never really gone away.»
Downtown Music Gallery, dimanche 1 juin 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

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Chris Cutler
Jewlia Eisenberg
Fred Frith
Zeena Parkins

25th Edition A Resounding Success!
May 20, 2008 (Victoriaville) — The 25th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) took place from Thursday the 15th to Monday the 19th of May 2008 and everyone agrees this was an edition to remember!

“Organizing a jubilee edition is always delicate. You need to do just enough to celebrate the event, create the right level of expectation, and hope the magic will work... and it did!” said Michel Levasseur, FIMAV Artistic Director & General Manager.

At 6,000 admissions, the 2008 edition ranks among the Festival’s best years, a result that matched the organizers expectations. Even more important for the management was the feeling of “plenitude” that emanated from the crowd after every concert. How often have we heard longtime FIMAV attendants say “this is the FIMAV’s best programming ever!”

Right from the first concert, a serene and emotional atmosphere settled in, creating a “euphoria bubble” in every participant. This mood crystallized as the concerts went by and never left!

Attendants got carried by a wave a satisfaction that led them from revelation to revelation. This overall rapture toward this year’s programming is emotionally welcomed by the FIMAV’s management, contract employees and volunteers!

The artists’ generosity was particularly tangible this year. Obviously, musicians were generously listening to each other, but more important, they managed to fulfil the attendants’ expectations by turning up high-quality performances. And they gladly and energetically answered the crowd’s requests for encores.

The 2008 edition featured grand and resolutely “actuel” programming. Our event’s uniqueness is well illustrated by a comment from Mark Keill (Ottawa), a FIMAV regular who was here for the 13th time.

Looking for a way to express what keeps bringing him back to Victoriaville, year after year, Keill spontaneously described “musique actuelle” as “now music.” What more could we say?

“Musique actuelle” happens through the power of action. Actualized, it impacts the now. This music exists through and for the synchronism of the music performance and the act of listening. This music is ever-acting!

Take, for instance, the “Art Bears Songbook” concert. Who could have said this music was 30 years old? The notes were as fresh and heartfelt as ever, hitting their targets at every moment, leaving everyone convinced they had just witnessed a larger-than-life closing event!

See you next year!