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Quatuor Bozzini

Simon Martin: Musique d'art

Quatuor Bozzini: Simon Martin: Musique d'art (Collection QB)

The Montreal string quartet Quatuor Bozzini of Alissa Cheung on violin, Clemens Merkel on violin, Stephanie Bozzini on viola, and Isabelle Bozzini on cello is extended with double bassist Pierre-Alexandre Maranda as they perform composer Simon Martin's work of long tones and timbres, exploring the nature and philosophy of sound, and our relationship to it.
 

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UPC: 771028372225

Label: Collection QB
Catalog ID: CQB 1922
Squidco Product Code: 26792

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Salle de concert Oscar-Peterson, at the University of Concordia, in Montreal, Canada, on Janurary 17th and 18th, 2018, by Stephan Schmidt.


Personnel:

Simon Martin-composer

Alissa Cheung-violin

Clemens Merkel-violin

Stephanie Bozzini-viola

Isabelle Bozzini-cello

Pierre-Alexandre Maranda-double bass

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"Born in Rouyn-Noranda (Québec), Simon Martin is a composer and producer of contemporary concert music. As the founding director of Projections libérantes (2011), he has completed four productions to this day:

Hommage à Leduc, Borduas et Riopelle (2012) was presented 8 times for a total in-hall audience of about 800, plus a broadcast on the national state radio (2014) and an album (DAME / Collection QB, 2015). This album was nominated for the Opus Award for Best Album - Modern / Contemporary Music.

Musique d'art pour quintette à cordes (2015) was premiered at Festival Montréal/Nouvelles musiques and reprised in Dresden (Festspielhaus Hellerau, 2016), Québec (Erreur de type 27, 2017) and Montréal (Suoni Per Il Popolo/Le Vivier, 2018). It was broadcasted by the German state radio (Deutschlandfunk, 2017).

Musique d'art pour cor, trombone, tuba et électronique (2017) was co-presented by Le Vivier in Montréal and featured the Berlin-based ensemble Zinc & Copper. This work was nominated for the Opus Award - Best Creation (2016-2017).

Musique d'art pour violon, alto, violoncelle, contrebasse et électronique (2019) will be premiered Febuary 24, 2019, by Ensemble Musikfabrik at Festival Montréal/Nouvelles musiques.

Following in the footsteps of American composers Harry Partch, La Monte Young and James Tenney, Martin's music increasingly focuses on natural intonation. His concert pieces, always full of drama, retain part of the ambition found in the large formats of German post-Romanticism.

In 2016, Martin was presented with $10,000 by Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec as the winner of the 2014-2015 Opus Prize - Composer of the year."

-Simon Martin Website (https://simonmartin.ca/en/)
3/6/2019

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" "... classical music without pretence... " is Alissa Cheung's approach to her multi-faceted career. A native of Edmonton (Alberta) violinist and composer, Ms Alissa Cheung (BSc '07, BMus '09, MM '13), is a tenured member of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) since 2010 and will move to Montréal in January 2015 to join the Bozzini Quartet.

She has been involved with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. Career highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall and Suntory Hall, and solos with the ESO and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra. Ms Cheung has been featured in Vue Weekly Magazine and Edmonton Sun, and was aired on CBC, CKUA, and WKPN Radio.

An adamant interpreter of new music, Alissa has performed numerous contemporary works and was an Artist in Residence at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival (2011), at the and at the Lucerne Festival Academy (2013).

As a composer, her works have been performed at the Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music (Edmonton), Jordan Hall (Boston), Morse Recital Hall (New Haven, CT), and the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Upcoming projects include a commission by the Arx Duo and the Bass Line Road Ensemble. Ms Cheung studied composition with Hannah Lash (Yale) and Piotr Grella-Mozejko (Edmonton).

In addition to private teaching, Ms Cheung has been Sessional Instructor at King's University College and faculty member of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. Educational outreach initiatives include being a Teaching Artist with ESO's Adopt-a-Player Program and with the National Arts Centre's Music Alive Program.

Ms Cheung's principal violin teachers were Marian Moody, Ranald Shean, Broderyck Olson (Edmonton), Thomas Williams (McGill), and Ani Kavafian (Yale). Other influential coaches include Malcolm Lowe, Mark Fewer, Rafael Rosenfeld, Kyoko Hashimoto, and members of the former Tokyo, Juilliard and Concord string quartets."

-Quatuor Bozzini Website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=cheung_al)
3/6/2019

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"Clemens Merkel's unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled understanding of microtonal or unconventional harmonic language, and its unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations of Bach and John Cage, and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montréal's Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging experimentalists to today's most revered composers.

For over a decade, Merkel's unusual sound has fused with that of the Quatuor Bozzini, considered one of the world's leading string quartets. Together they have mentored an entire generation of creators through the Composer's Kitchen; have released numerous critically acclaimed albums on their collection qb label; undertake multiple tours annually to be featured at festivals worldwide; and maintain a profound impact on the music scene across Canada and Europe in particular. They nourish Montréal audiences with unusual self-produced events that bridge worlds and cross boundaries of style, generation and culture.

Following an early career in Europe, where he contributed to the continent's leading ensembles, Merkel has made Montréal his home since 2000. He supports and advocates for new music in Québec and in Canada, and is regularly sought after as speaker, curator and adviser. His presence is felt in academia as well, through articles written for the Revue Circuit, and through his teaching at Concordia University. He's a passionate chef and lives in Montréal's Portuguese neighborhood together with his wife Isabelle Bozzini and children Félix and Béatrice."

-Quatuor Bozzini website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=merkel_cl)
3/6/2019

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"Stéphanie Bozzini. Born Montréal, Québec, 1974. Performer (viola)

Stéphanie Bozzini is a founding member of the Bozzini Quartet, a new music string quartet which performs regularly in major festivals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America. Her curiosity and interest in a number of musical styles, from historically informed period instrument playing to contemporary improvisation, have led her to become a remarkably versatile musician.

Solo performances include Huddersfield (UK), Ostrava Days Festival (Czech Rep), NY MUSIK (Sweden), and REDCAT CalArts (Los Angeles). She is principal viola with Arion, and plays regularly with other baroque music groups including Tafelmusik, Theatre of Early Music and SMCQ. Stéphanie has been a long-time collaborator with contemporary ensembles Bradyworks and Kore, as well as Ensemble Lunaire (Zürich). Major orchestral engagements include the Tonhalle of Zurich and the Winterthurer Stadtorchester, and chamber orchestras such as I Musici and Les Violons du Roy. Other chamber music projects have led to performances at The Banff Centre for the Arts, the Tonhalle Zurich, and the Festival des Îles du Bic. Stéphanie Bozzini teaches viola at the Music Department, Concordia University in Montréal."

-Quatuor Bozzini Website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=bozzini_st)
3/6/2019

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"Isabelle Bozzini. Born Montréal, Québec, 1969. Performer (cello).

A passionate chamber player, cellist Isabelle Bozzini is dedicated to exploring two parallel worlds - new music of all kinds and music on period instruments. This endeavour continuously challenges her and nourishes her artistic aspirations.

She is a founding member of the Quatuor Bozzini which since its inception in 1999 has become one of Canada's leading string quartets on national and international scenes. Playing close to forty concerts per year, the Bozzinis produce their own concert series in Montréal including the Salon des compositeurs + Composer's Kitchen event. They tour several times per year in Europe, the US and Canada and have launched the label collection qb in the Fall of 2004 in collaboration with DAME. Isabelle Bozzini also works with Kore Ensemble, and various improvising artists such as Malcolm Goldstein, François Houle, Benoît Delbecq, Diane Labrosse and Jean Derome. Having collaborated for many years with Joël Thiffault and the Montréal Baroque Orchestra, Isabelle Bozzini now plays regularly with Ensemble Arion. She also plays with Idées Heureuses, Ensemble Caprice, the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, and French harpsichordist and conductor Hervé Niquet."

-Quatuor Bozzini Website (http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/select/bio/?id=bozzini_is)
3/6/2019

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"Double bassist Pierre-Alexandre Maranda obtained a prize with great distinction in chamber music performance as well as in interpretation at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. In parallel, he has perfected his improvisational technique with René Lussier, Robert Marcel-Lepage and Lori Freedman. Distinguished by the variety of milieus in which he participates and his interest for new works, he plays contemporary music with different ensemble, he improvises, and he performs jazz, as well as pop and classical repertoire. Having often worked in interdisciplinary art, he has had the occasion to take part in multiple dance, film and theatre productions."

-Forestare (http://www.forestare.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Dossier2018en.pdf)
3/6/2019

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track listing:


1. A 14:41

2. B 12:04

3. C 11:34

4. D 14:10

5. E 10:03
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"Organizational structures hide the phenomena on which they are built. For example, spoken language requires both a certain perception of fundamental elements (phonemes), and a state of transcendence that enables us to forget these very elements. Similarly, in the aural sphere, music is the negation of sound for the benefit of its organization. Nevertheless, a sound that is completely left to its autonomous state (as opposed to it being collected for its potential as a poetic tool) goes back to the hum o f nature. thus, in order for it to be aesthetically perceivable, sound needs as much as music needs sound.

Musique d'art pour quintette a cordes articulates this dialectal tension between sound and music; seeking balance"-Simon Martin

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