Ensembles

 

Sequitur
Formed in the mid-1990s by pianist Sara Laimon, composer Harold Meltzer, and conductor David Amado, Sequitur has for more than fifteen years provided an alternative approach to how and where new music is performed and presented in New York City.  Our programming has always been catholic, involving collaborations with composers from North America, Europe, and Asia in a tremendous profusion of styles.  Our particular interest has been in crossing boundaries between music and other artistic disciplines, to perform music theater and works with video, dance, and spoken text not only in concert halls but in theaters and cabaret spaces such as Joe’s Pub, The Knitting Factory, and Theatre 80 St. Marks.  Our three cabarets, on the topics of Money, Sex, and Power, had sold out runs and featured commissions of new songs by a diverse group of composers including Eve Beglarian, David Del Tredici, David Lang, Tania León, and Lewis Spratlan.  Sequitur has released six recordings, four on Albany Records and two on Koch Classics, and has been featured as well on Naxos on its American Classics series.

 

Sixtrum
Sixtrum is a professional percussion ensemble in residence at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal. Created in 2007, the ensemble reunites Montreal percussionists João Catalão, Julien Grégoire, Philip Hornsey, Kristie Ibrahim, Sandra Joseph and Fabrice Marandola. Each member brings to the group years of experience in all areas of percussion. Together, they share a desire to renew and develop a repertoire for percussion ensemble introduced in the second half of the 20th Century.
The diversity of Sixtrum’s projects takes them from classical concert halls, to stages at international festivals, to school gymnasiums. As part of their mission for the development of percussion in Canada and abroad, Sixtrum strives to explore the extraordinary sonic universe of percussion through traditional concerts for percussion alone, as well as in more spectacular events including collaborations with creators and performers from other artistic disciplines. Their work with director Michel G. Barette has led to the creation of La Grande Tortue/How Great Turtle Rebuilt the World – a theatrical show designed to introduce young audiences to the exciting world of percussion.  Listen carefullycan you hear it? – in Sixtrum, there is always someone knocking at the door of your imagination! Sixtrum is supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal,  the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council of the Arts, and the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal.

 

Architek Percussion Quartet
Architek is a percussion group based in Montréal, Québec, with a performance focus on avant-garde, experimental, minimalist, and electroacoustic music.  Architek is also dedicated to the development of new works by Canadian and American composers, reflecting the dual nationalities of the group’s membership.  The group was formed in 2011 at McGill University (where its members were/are students).  Since its formation, Architek has staged successful performances in numerous Montreal venues, and at Toronto’s Music Gallery and Gallery 345. Architek was founded by Noam Bierstone, Mark Morton, Ryan Packard, and Alessandro Valiante.  In 2012, Ben Duinker joined the group as Noam departed for graduate studies in Paris.  The quartet’s 2012-2013 season will feature a series of concerts in Montreal, as well as other shows around Eastern Canada and the American Northeast.

 

McGill Percussion Ensemble
The McGill Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1969 by Pierre Béluse, Professor of Percussion in the Faculty of Music at McGill 1967-2001. From 2001-2005, the group has been under the direction of D’Arcy Philip Gray. In 1979 the group’s first recording entitled Percussion and produced on the McGill University label, won the Grand Prix du Disque-Canada for chamber music, awarded by the Canadian Music Council. This success was followed by a recording in 1980 for Radio Canada International which featured the work of Canadian composers Walter Boudreau, Vincent Dionne, and Claude Vivier. In 1988 the ensemble recorded its first compact disc with works by Edgar Varese, alcides lanza, Jo Kondo, Francois Morel, Mantel Hood, and Pierre Beluse. In 1992, the ensemble won the Darius Milhaud Prize at the Concours d’interpretation de Musique Francaise de Montréal. In 1996, a second CD was recorded featuring works by Osvaldo Budon, Alberto Ginastera, and Pierre Béluse. Since 2006, the McGill Percussion Ensemble is co-directed by Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola, both professors at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and traveled several time across North-America and to France. In May 2012, the DVD “Save Percussion Theater Music” under the direction of Aiyun Huang will feature the ensemble performing Aperghis and Kagel.