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Quatuor Bozzini

Ana Sokolovic: Short Stories

Quatuor Bozzini: Ana Sokolovic: Short Stories (Collection QB)

Long-time collaborators the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet of Clemens Merkel, Alissa Cheung, Stephanie Bozzini and Isabelle Bozzini join with Slavic composer living in Montreal Ana Sokolovic, to present a series of 14 short works -- "Ghost 1" & "Ghost 2"; "Commedia dell'arte" in 10 movements; "Blanc dominant"; and "Troisieme page apres le soleil".
 

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UPC: 771028372522

Label: Collection QB
Catalog ID: CQB 1925
Squidco Product Code: 28629

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Tracks 1-13 recorded at Salle Oscar-Peterson, at the University of Concordia, in Montreal, Canada, on January 28th ti February 2nd, 2019, by Stephan Schmidt.

Tracks 14 recorded at Nation Film Board Of Canada, in Montreal, Canada, on April 8th, 2013 by Geoffrey Mitchell.


Personnel:

Ana Sokolovic-composer

Clemens Merkel-violin

Alissa Cheung-violin

Stephanie Bozzini-viola

Isabelle Bozzini-cello

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"Ana Sokolović. Belgrade, Serbia, 1968, Composer.

Ana Sokolović was born in 1968 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She studied composition at the University of Novi Sad with Dusan Radic and at the University of Belgrade with Zoran Eric, prior to completing her master's degree at the Université de Montréal with José Evangelista. Her repertoire includes orchestral and piano works and several chamber music compositions. She has also written numerous theatrical scores. Between 1995 and 1998, Ana Sokolović received three prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. In 1999, she was awarded two prizes in the CBC National Young Composers' Competition, first prize in the "Chamber music" category, and the major prize, in "All categories." In 2005, Ana Sokolović received the Joseph S Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2007, she was awarded the Prix Opus - Composer of the Year and in 2008, the SOCAN Jan V Matejcek Prize for the "présence exceptionnelle de la musique de concert pour l'année écoulée" (exceptional concert music presense during the past year). In December 2009, she received an award from the National Arts Center in Ottawa consisting of commissions, artist-in-residencies and teaching projects for the next five years. In 2005 she created her first opera, The Midnight Court, performed by the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Co. During the summer of 2006 the work had its European premiere at London's Royal Opera House. Currently she teaches composition at the Université de Montréal. In 2011-12, Ana Sokolović was the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Homage Series composer, an event where her works were showcased at more than one hundred events and concerts."

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3/30/2020

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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."

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3/30/2020

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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)
3/30/2020

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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."

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3/30/2020

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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."

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3/30/2020

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track listing:


1. Ghost 1 (2015) 0:58

2. Commedia dell'arte, Capitano 2:50

3. Commedia dell'arte, Colombina 2:18

4. Commedia dell'arte, Dottore 4:23

5. Commedia dell'arte III, Brighella 3:17

6. Commedia dell'arte II, Pantalone 4:01

7. Commedia dell'arte II, Isabella 6:09

8. Commedia dell'arte II, Zanni 3:55

9. Commedia dell'arte III, Signora 4:50

10. Commedia dell'arte III, Innamorati 3:14

11. Commedia dell'arte II, Ruzzante 4:36

12. Ghost 2 1:32

13. Blanc dominant 14:28

14. Troisieme page apres le soleil 5:47
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"In most of Ana Sokolovic's work, an extra-musical element serves as a source of inspiration. This particular compositional process is intimately linked to the importance of "pluralities" for Sokolovic; a diversity of approaches, putting different art forms in dialogue.

Short Stories by Sokolovic's long-term collaborator, Quatuor Bozzini, enables us to listen to the encounter taking place between the composer's artistic sensitivity and four of her sources of inspiration. In the realm of visual arts we discover the composer's interest in sculpture; her miniatures, Ghost 1 and Ghost 2, were inspired by Verina Baxter and Klaus Duschat's Enzo's Tumpkin and Scetch II. Triggered by a contemplation of Guido Molinari's pictorial universe, the theme and variations Blanc dominant offers a musical connection to the artist's paintings; a sounding tribute, the "recording of an enchantment."

With "Troisieme page apres le soleil", Sokolovic enters the universe of a short film by Theodore Ushev. The music for this frenetic tableau takes on quasi-narrative qualities. The final piece is a three-part fresco work, Sokolovic's "Commedia dell'arte", which includes a commission by the Quatuor Bozzini. The characters that share the stage of the Commedia and their archetypal personalities have fascinated Sokolovic since childhood, and the theatricality of the genre still vividly resonates with the composer's entire musical production: a direct and intelligible discourse, music that is at once rich, complex, bringing forth archetypes that can be understood and transposed to any age and any nation."-Emanuelle Majeau-Bettez

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