L'Outre-rêve
Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) presents

L'Outre-rêve

September 9th 2021
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm / Doors: 7:15 pm (EDT)
For more information about this event, please contact Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) at fbailly@ecm.qc.ca.

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A large-scale multidisciplinary show combining orchestral and electroacoustic creations, dance and vocal art, visual arts and poetry, L’Outre-rêve borrows the voice and form of the initiatory narrative written by poet and composer Symon Henry—recently a finalist for a Governor General's Literary Award—and explores the relationship between memories, bodies and identities, beyond borders.

In a mesmerizing and unrestrained voice, these themes are conveyed by four archetype characters inspired by Henry’s origins steeped in a cultural heritage blending East and West. The Vieux Clown, Louve que j’aime, Djinn l’éphémère and Nour d’Outre-rêve call out to each other over the projected sounding pictures, in turn, present the four new works for ensemble commissioned for the occasion to composers Symon Henry, Annesley Black, Myriam Boucher and Snežana Nešić. 

On stage, the ECM+, its conductor, soprano Sarah Albu and three soloists in perpetual mutation transport the audience into a dreamlike world that ignores borders and give life to myriad creations that are as enigmatic as they are unpredictable. 

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4 multidisciplinary new works:
Annesley Black (DE / CA): peripheral exploder
Myriam Boucher (CA): Recommencement
Symon Henry (CA): L'amour des oiseaux moches
Snežana Nešić (DE / SR): Inverted light

Soloists:
Sarah Albu, vocal art
Émilie Girard-Charest, musical saw and cello
Matti Pulkki, accordion
Lucie Vigneault, dance

ECM+: 9 musicians conducted by Véronique Lacroix

Artistic Team:
Véronique Lacroix and Symon Henry, artistic direction
Marie-Josée Chartier, staging and choreography
Marie-Eve Fortier, scenography
Marilène Bastien, costumes
Cédric Delorme-Bouchard, lighting design
Kevin Gironnay, sound engineering
Rodolphe St-Arneault, technical direction

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Trailer

Program

A large-scale multidisciplinary show combining orchestral and electroacoustic creations, dance and vocal art, visual arts and poetry, L’Outre-rêve borrows the voice and form of the initiatory narrative written by poet and composer Symon Henry—recently a finalist for a Governor General's Literary Award—and explores the relationship between memories, bodies and identities, beyond borders.

In a mesmerizing and unrestrained voice, these themes are conveyed by four archetype characters inspired by Henry’s origins steeped in a cultural heritage blending East and West. The Vieux Clown, Louve que j’aime, Djinn l’éphémère and Nour d’Outre-rêve call out to each other over the projected sounding pictures, in turn, present the four new works for ensemble commissioned for the occasion to composers Symon Henry, Annesley Black, Myriam Boucher and Snežana Nešić. 

On stage, the ECM+, its conductor, soprano Sarah Albu and three soloists in perpetual mutation transport the audience into a dreamlike world that ignores borders and give life to myriad creations that are as enigmatic as they are unpredictable. 

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4 multidisciplinary new works:
Annesley Black (DE / CA): peripheral exploder
Myriam Boucher (CA): Recommencement
Symon Henry (CA): L'amour des oiseaux moches
Snežana Nešić (DE / SR): Inverted light

Soloists:
Sarah Albu, vocal art
Émilie Girard-Charest, musical saw and cello
Matti Pulkki, accordion
Lucie Vigneault, dance

ECM+: 9 musicians conducted by Véronique Lacroix

Artistic Team:
Véronique Lacroix and Symon Henry, artistic direction
Marie-Josée Chartier, staging and choreography
Marie-Eve Fortier, scenography
Marilène Bastien, costumes
Cédric Delorme-Bouchard, lighting design
Kevin Gironnay, sound engineering
Rodolphe St-Arneault, technical direction

Sarah Albu, art vocal | vocal art

Sarah Albu is an experimental vocalist, composer and performance-maker. Her background in theatre and obsession with science fiction feed quirky and darkly comedic imagined worlds. She has been an invited artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the National Arts Centre of Canada, the Koumaria Residency in Greece, and international series and festivals across Canada, Europe, the US and Mexico. Active in free improvisation, new music and Balkan folklore, she is comfortable lending her voice to settings ranging from 15th century polyphony to noise and psychedelic rock. Her first solo album was released independently in 2013, featuring 8 commissions for solo voice. She is a founding member of the experimental voice collective Phth and frequently collaborates with artists working in video, installation, contemporary dance, textiles and digital media. An avid knitter and folk dancer, her recent work explores the effects of rapidly developing technology on our bodies and lives through a mix of curiosity and nostalgia.

Émilie Girard-Charest, scie musicale et violoncelle | musical saw and cello

Cellist, composer and improviser Émilie Girard-Charest is actively involved in new music both as a soloist and in various ensembles. She performs regularly in concert in Canada, Europe and South America. She has recorded several albums, including Enthousiasme viscéral (duet with Sergio Castrillón, 2019, Mikroclimat), Uncanny Valley (duet with Marc Vilanova, 2017, audiotalaia), Émilie préfère le chant (2016, Ambiances Magnétiques), Race with time (duet with Mart Soo, 2016, Improtest Records), Avec (2016, Kohlenstoff Records) and Musica in camera (Quatuor d’occasion, 2014, &records). Émilie is a graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and is enrolled at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon and at the Université Jean Monnet in Saint-Étienne, where she began a doctorate in September 2016 on the development of ergonomic microtonal writing for the cello.

Matti Pulkki, accordéon | accordion

Finnish accordionist Matti Pulkki performs frequently with different chamber groups and as a soloist around the world. Recently he has focused on collaborating with composers on renewing the soundscape of the instrument through experimentation. Pulkki primarily concentrates on original music written for accordion, and also arranges, transcribes, and performs music from a wide range of styles and works as a creative artist and musician on diverse projects from interdisciplinary productions to music theatre and opera. Pulkki holds a Master’s degree from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Toronto, studying with professor Joseph Macerollo.

Véronique Lacroix, chef et direction artistique | conductor and artistic direction

The recipient of multiple conducting awards, Véronique Lacroix founded the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) in 1987 to work closely with composers, and, for several years, served as artistic director for a number of symphonic ensembles in Quebec and Ontario. Now wholly dedicated to her passion for new Canadian works, over the years, she has discovered and showcased dozens of emerging composers through the Generation project. The thematic concerts that Lacroix has integrated into the programming since the beginning of the Ensemble are at the heart of the orchestra’s mission and aim to bring contemporary music to as wide an audience as possible. The ECM+ takes a multidisciplinary approach, presenting music with other art forms into total artworks so as to create for audiences an immersive and multi-sensorial experience appropriate for appreciating new ideas and sounds. In addition to her work with ECM+, Véronique Lacroix has enjoyed for nearly 25 years directing the young virtuosos at the Conservatoire de Montréal, where her contributions as a teacher are highly regarded. Every summer, she leads the New Music workshop at the Orford Music Academy with longtime partners, including Ana Sokolović, with whom she’s been collaborating since 1996. ecm.qc.ca