Emilie Girard-Charest is a Montreal cellist, composer and improviser, here presenting 5 works, one of her own and 4 from Fredrik Gran, Sergio Castrillon, Maxime Corbeil-Perron and Joane Hetu, using extreme techniques and electroacoustic accompaniment in both joyful and terrifying ways.
Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM 223
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Recorded at Studio 270 in Montreal, Canada, in July 2015 by Maxime Corbeil-Perron.
Emilie Girard-Charest-composer, violine cello, voice
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1. S'offrir 12:17
2. Altered Grey 9:10
3. Detras de la montana 10:32
4. Espoir squelettique 9:06
5. Emilie prefere le chant 7:14
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"Emilie prefers singing is the fruit of the meeting between four composers: Fredrik Gran, Sergio Castrillon, Maxime Corbeil-Perron and Joane Hetu. The gesture and the texture are at the heart, at the origin of the writing of these five pieces. Momentum, textures, gesture, physicality, energy. It is a journey of extremes. At once delicate and cheerfully wild. Lyric and cerebral. Discreet and exuberant. Tender and violent. Playful and serious. Dark and bright. Living."-Ambiances Magnetiques
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"Émilie Girard-Charest. born Laval, Québec, 1987. Composer, Performer (cello).
Émilie Girard-Charest is a cellist, a composer and an improviser.
As a chamber musician, a soloist and with different ensembles (Allogène, Supermusique, La Machine, Quatuor d'occasion, Stéphane Pécas, Ensemble for New Music Tallinn, duo Collard-Neven-Girard-Charest), she dedicates herself to new music.
She has worked with many composers, including Malcolm Goldstein, Michel Gonneville, Maxime McKinley, Joane Hétu, Guillaume Primard, Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Hans Zender, Graciela Paraskevaidis and Fredrik Gran.
Émilie has played at numerous festivals in Québec (Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, OFF Festival de Jazz, Festival de jazz de Montréal, Festival de jazz de Québec, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques), in the United States (Avant-Music Festival, New York), in Belgium (Ars Musica), in Austria (Klangspuren Schwaz and Impuls), in Chile (Encuentro Internacional de Compositores), in Argentina (Sonido Presente), in Estonia (Autumn Festival), in Finland (MuTe Fest), in Spain (Mixtur) and in Macedonia (Macedonian Music Days). She also played concerts in France, Germany, Russia and Uruguay.
In addition to that, she took part in various theatre and dance productions, such as Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco (Troupe Éponyme directed by Jocelyn Sioui), Couloir et Chambres by Philippe Minyana and La fête à Jean by Pierre-Luc Lasalle (Théâtre L'Instant, directed by André-Marie Coudou), ADN by Dennis Kelly (Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal, directed by Sylvain Bélanger), the Physical Theater Choir Project (Vicki Tansey), The Sticks (Andrew Tay) and Reine et Oiseaux (théâtre Tête au Corps, Vincent Langlois and Émilie Sigouin). She is now working on a duet with the dancer and visual artist Sarah Bronsard.
Émilie holds a degree in cello (Denis Brott) and in composition (Michel Gonneville) from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. She is now enrolled as a student in the CoPeCo program (Contemporary Performance and Composition), a joint Master involving the Eesti Muusika - ja Teatriakadeemia (Estonia), the Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm (Sweden), the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (France) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (Germany). She is the recipient of the Bourse de développement de carrière from the foundation of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (2014) and of the Prix d'Europe of Composition Fernand Lindsay (2015).-ActuelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/girardcharest_em/)
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"Sergio Castrillón is a Colombian cellist who currently holds a doctorate at the University of Helsinki. His work specializes in graphic notation and sound improvisation, exploring "noise" and unconventional forms of musical improvisation. We have collaborated a couple of times mixing music and poetry in the elaboration of visual poems in graphic notation. At the beginning of August, he had the pleasure of designing and curatorial assistance for Sergio's sound exhibition at the Third Space gallery."-Daniel Malpica Blog (http://blog.danielmalpica.com/2014/08/sound-room-exhibition-sergio-castrillon.html)
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"Maxime Corbeil-Perron. Born Montréal, Québec, 1985. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer
Maxime Corbeil-Perron is a composer and multidisciplinary artist whose work has been noticed by many international competitions and events. His work has been qualified as an "infinite cosmos" (Etherreal, 2015), "pushing the boundaries of abstraction" (Silence and Sound, 2015), and "defying any explication or labeling" (La Folia, 2015).
He composes electroacoustic and mixed music, with a compositional approach that is inspired by electronic music, experimental cinema and visual arts - in a constant state of research to create an abstract, dynamic, spiritual and poetic sound-world.
He is also composes and produces electronic music (D R E S D E N, Le Poisson d'argent, Recepteurz), he is part of the drone/noise duo Political Ritual and the instrumental post-rock duo Le Pélican Noir. Also a video-artist, his audio-visual works have been shown in a many prestigious international film festivals.
He collaborates with many Montréal musicians (Félix-Antoine Morin, Émilie Girard-Charest, Ida Toninato, Sylvain Gagné, Marie-Chantal Leclair). He wrote a mixed work for Siren Organ (an instrument invented by Jean-François Laporte), processing and fixed media (commissioned by Productions Totem contemporain) and recently completed a piece for cello and fixed media (commissioned by Émilie Girard-Charest).
His work has received national and international prizes, among them the first prize from the Jeu de temps/Times Play (JTTP) competition (Canada, 2011), awarded by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community. A special mention and the Senato della repubblica Italiana medal from the Città di Udine international composition competition (Italy, 2012) and a second place (Motus prize) from the Destellos Foundation international composition competition (Argentina, 2012). In 2013 Musicworks magazine awarded an ex-aequo prize to two of his works: Vertiges, and Ghostly.
He graduated with highest honours from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where he studied electroacoustic composition. He started a PhD's degree at the Université de Montréal in fall of 2015."-AcutelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/corbeilperron_ma/)
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"Fredrik Gran is an award-winning composer originally from the Vällingby suburb in Stockholm, Sweden. His music and research intersects electroacoustic and acoustic sound ideas, employing mechanic/robotic interactive units, amplified instruments and objects, computer-assisted transcription of his own electroacoustic music and purpose-made electronic models into the notated sphere of acoustic instruments. Fredrik's work covers orchestral, chamber, vocal, electroacoustic and live electronic music, as well as music for installations, museums, dance, digital- and visual art.
Fredrik currently resides in Montréal, Canada, where he is a doctoral candidate in composition at McGill University, under the guidance of Philippe Leroux and Sean Ferguson. His research is connected to the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). He holds a B.A. and M.A. in composition from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Earlier studies include Musicology at the University of Stockholm, and composition studies at the Academy of Music and Drama in Göteborg and at the Gotland School of Music Composition in Visby. Among his previous supervisors is William Brunson, Pär Lindgren, Ole Lützow-Holm, Pär Mårtensson, Henrik Strindberg, Marie Samuelsson and Jesper Nordin. He has attended master classes with Natasha Barret, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Oswald, Lasse Thoresen, the Arditti Quartet and the Swedish Radio Choir.
Fredrik's compositions has been performed around the world, for example, at SICMF (Seoul), ICMC (Belfast), Tage Neue Musik (Weimar), Nordic Music Days (Copenghagen), Duskomanija Festival (Vilnius), Sound Wave Festival (Brighton), Norberg festival (Norberg), Cluster Festival (Winnipeg), SOS Festival (Stockholm), live@CIRMMT (Montreal), GAS Festival (Göteborg) and concerts in Tokyo, New York, Oslo and Paris.
Fredrik has written music for well-renowned ensembles, orchestras and musicians, among others, the International Contemporary Ensemble, KammarensembleN, Musica Vitae, The Pearls Before Swine Experience, Ensemble Parkour, Architek percussion quartet, Rank ensemble, Ensemble Arkea, Stockholm Symphonic Wind Orchestra, the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble , violinist George Kentros and cellist Emilie Girard- Charest.
Fredrik's music has been awarded multiple prices, recently first prize in Codes d'Acces's composition competition for the piece 'portmanteau morphemes' (string orchestra) and the nomination for the Swedish Art Music Prize (Nutida Musik) with his electroacoustic solo album 'an hour and a half' (Pink Pamphlet, NYC). In 2016 his EP with orchestral music will be released on Moderna Records (Montreal). Together with music technologists Marcello Giordano and Marlon Schumacher, the research project 'using haptic notifications for polyrhythmic/metric synchronization in ensemble performance' was one of the recipients of the CIRMMT Research Award 2014/2015, including his composition commission and world premiere of 'Champ magnétique' with the Quasar saxophone quartet.
Fredrik is a member of CIRMMT, ICMA, EMS, FST, STIM, SEAMS, Codes'daccess and Fylkingen."-Fredrik Gran Website (http://fredrikgran.com/bio/)
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"Joane Hétu. Born Montréal, Québec, 1958. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (alto saxophone, voice), Author/
It has been more than 30 years now since self-taught composer, vocalist and saxophonist Joane Hétu has been following her own highly distinctive path through the vast territory of creative, contemporary music. From her beginnings with song-based new-rock bands such as Wondeur Brass, Justine and Les Poules, Hétu turned to composition (the evocative triptych comprising Musique d'hiver, Filature and La femme territoire ou 21 fragments d'humus) and improvisation, more often than not combining both within her general approach to music. She has co-directed the Ensemble SuperMusique since its founding in 1998, as well as the weekly series Mercredimusics since 2002. More recently she gave birth to La chorale bruitiste Joker (2012). Joane Hétu was awarded the prestigious Freddie Stone Award in 2006."-ActuelleCD (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/hetu_jo/)
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