« Musique d'art (2022) »
SUNDAY MAY 22
ÉGLISE ST-CHRISTOPHE D'ARTHABASKA
1 pm - $ 28
Lyne Allard : alto
Victor Fournelle-Blain : alto
Jean René : alto
Émilie Girard-Charest : violoncelle
Étienne Lafrance : contrebasse
Simon Martin : composition
At barely over 40, Montréal-based composer SIMON MARTIN can be proud of his track record: collaborations with world-renowned ensembles (Zinc & Copper, Musikfabrik, Quatuor Bozzini), the 2016 OPUS Award for Best Composer, and most of all a totally unique catalogue.
MARTIN’s soundworld can bring to mind Morton Feldman, as it relies heavily on duration and harmonic textures, but there’s more. And he is working solely with number-based harmony, what is often called Just Intonation. Down with tempered scales! His concert-length works, all entitled « Musique d’art » followed by a year in brackets, are entirely composed using integer ratios. That choice, one only a handful of “microtonal” composers (like Harry Partch) have made in the past, requires a radically different approach to music and top-rate performers.
« Musique d’art (2022) » is MARTIN’s first concert-length piece to do without the involvement of electronics. And, for the first time, he has put together his own ensemble to perform it.
projectionsliberantes.ca (Simon Martin)