January 24, 2010

Quasar, Canadian tour

Quasar, saxophone quartet
André Leroux, Mathieu Leclair, Marie-Chantal Leclair and Jean-Marc Bouchard

Quasar, the Montreal based saxophone quartet, is one of the best contemporary music ensemble I have heard. Their technical skills, energy and devotion conveyed in their interpretation of contemporary music transforms their concert in real uplifting experiences.

As stated in their press release:
"Ardent devotees of the music of our time, the Quasar saxophone quartet is dedicated to premiering and promoting contemporary music that is multi-dimensionally conceived. (...) Quasar explores different aspects of artistic creation from instrumental music to live electronics , from improvisation to instrumental theatre.

The quartet reserved pride of place for a number of Canadian composers, with whom it has formed solid partnerships. It aims to contribute to the development of our musical language and provide a platform for new music experiments, exploration and production. The quartet premiered over 50 works. At the same time, Quasar constantly seeks out new works on the international scene, which are frequently integrated in its repertoire."

They are now undertaking a Canadian Tour that maybe coming close to you. If you have the chance to attend one of their concerts, don't miss it! It truly brings a new light to contemporary music.

Canadian Tour
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January-February 2010

Victoria : January 28
Vancouver : January 29 and 30
Winnipeg : February 1st and 2nd
Calgary : February 3 and 4
Edmonton : February 6
Kitchener-Waterloo : February 12
Toronto : February 11 and 13
St. John's : February 17 and 18

In this video you can see an excerpt of Quasar performing Pulua Dewata by Quebec composer Claude Vivier.

January 4, 2010

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

47th Annual

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

Event dates: June 25, 26 & 27 2010

Lake Oswego, Oregon USA

Next June the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts will present the exhibition Luminous Layers, Exploring Contemporary Encaustic. I had the pleasure to be invited by the curator Linda Womack to be one of the featured artist of this event. I will take this opportunity to exhibit encaustic monoprints for the first time. This new series will be posted later on. For your information, there will be a Juried Exhibit on encaustic works and the deadline is February 1st to send in your proposal. This Festival draws in an impressive 22-25,000 people and the featured artists form a dynamic and impressive group. Therefore this should definitely be an interesting event. For more information please click here.