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The Bozzini Quartet commissioned this work from the duo Derome/Hetu, which tackles the subject of making differences cohabit, calling for the musicians to move & improvise in response to a soundtrack in 4 languages.

Quatuor Bozzini - Jean Derome, Joane Hetu
Le mensonge et l'identite

Quatuor Bozzini - Jean Derome, Joane Hetu: Le mensonge et l'identite (Collection QB)
Label: Collection QB    
Released in: Canada    

Le Mensonge et l'Identité, written with four hands by the duo Derome/Hétu, was premiered at Deutschlandfunk's Forum Neue Musik in 2008. It was commissioned by the string quartet Bozzini Quartet, famous for their commitment towards creation. This political piece tackles the subject of making differences cohabit, in the form of a string quartet, calling for the musicians to move, improvise, play backed by a soundtrack and talk in four languages.

"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 (

"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 (

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Product Information:

UPC: 771028371020

Label: Collection QB
Catalog ID: CQB_1110
Squidco Product Code: 14589

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock 3 page foldover
Recorded at Studio 270, Montreal, on July 12th-15th, 2010.


Charles-Etienne Marchand-violin, voice

Clemens Merkel-violin, voice

Stéphanie Bozzini-viola, voice

Isabelle Bozzini-cello, voice

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Track Listing:

1. Le Relais 1:53

2. Demi-Vérité A 1:34

3. Demi-Vérité B 1:12

4. La nouvelle-Joane 1:06

5. Identité 1 1:38

6. ADN-Spirales 0:33

7. Identité 2 1:51

8. La nouvelle-Jean 1 1:10

9. Demi-Vérité C Et D 1:34

10. Appartenir I 1:00

11. La nouvelle-Jean 2 0:39

12. Appartenir II 2:13

13. Demi-Vérité F 1:00

14. Appartenir III 1:55

15. Demi-Vérité E 0:56

16. Le Mensonge 2:47

17. 4 Solos Violents 1:40

18. ADN-Montée 2:41

19. Demi-Vérité V 1:08

20. Pulsations 6:31

21. 38 Pièces 4:43

22. Shiatsu 1:52

23. Mélopées D'adn 3:47

24. 16 Lutrins 16:44

25. ADN-Folklore 1:46

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