A look back at 2021-2022

Quasar Flex saison 2021-2022

In 2021-2022, we celebrated the 27th year of our career amidst a global pandemic very much still in full swing. However, closures of performance halls, re-openings (but at reduced capacities) and public sanitary measures were not about to prevent us from continuing to share creative music from here and elsewhere with the general public.

Quasar's 2021-2022 season in stats:

  • 5 countries: Canada, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and the Basque Autonomous Community (Spain);
  • 4 Canadian provinces: Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories;
  • Over 20 cities around the world;
  • More than 10 schools in which we held workshops, master classes and school concerts.
  • 1 album launched: Disque Bleu;
  • Collaborations and exchanges with such ensembles as the Trio Zukan, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, ur.werk, Flex Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini and many others;
  • Participation in festivals: the Festival des Musiques de Création, Festival Images Sonores, the SALT Festival, the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Résonance croisée, etc.;
  • More than 45 Canadian and/or international premieres!

This very busy season would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of our many partners and collaborators:

  • Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal;
  • The Le Vivier group;
  • The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), Musikagileak, the Centre d'Expérimentation Musicale, the Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of music (SACEM), the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, the Trio Zukan, Flex Ensemble, ur.werk, Ensemble Tsilumos and the Quatuor Bozzini;
  • Etxepare Basque Institute, Goethe-Institut, Swedish Art Council, Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien Hannover, Hochscule für Musik und Theater München, Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, ARTS², le Conservatoire royal de Liège, le programme Arts-Études de L'École secondaire de Rivière-du-Loup, Queen's University, the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV), L'association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife, Black Ice Sounds;
  • Vandoren;
  • Quasar's Board of Directors;
  • Réjean Myette (Fugazi), graphic design;
  • Claude et Robert Leroux (Percumédia), webmasters;
  • Anthony Collins, translator;
  • All the composers, designers, artists and collaborators with whom we have worked, either directly or indirectly, to make our projects a reality.

And, above all, thanks to our beloved public for being there all along the way throughout our 2021-2022 season
We wish everyone a great summer vacation, and we'll see you in August for a new season of creation, sharing and exchanges!

- Quasar

Here are some pictures from the season:

Quasar et Flex mai 2022
May 2022 | In concert with the Flex Ensemble at the Sprengel Museum, Hannover. Photo credit: Helge Krückeberg
Chaleurs 2022
February 2022 | CHALEURS by Walter Boudreau at the Wilder Building, a co-production with Le Vivier.
Photo credit: William Laplante
QCPB Zukan
October 2021 | QUÉBEC-PAYS-BASQUE at the Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur along with the Trio Zukan, a co-production with Le Vivier. Photo credit: William Laplante
Ode au métal Chicoutimi
December 2021 | The team of Ode au métal at the Centre d'Expérimentation Musicale in Chicoutimi
May 2022 | In concert at the St-Christophe d'Arthabaska church for FIMAV. Photo credit: Martin Morissette
Queen's University
March 2022 | A weekend of workshops and concerts with Jeffrey Leung's saxophone class at Queen's University.
EMUC 2021
August/September 2021 | The 2nd edition of EMUC (also known as the Contemporary Urban Music Squads) a bit here and there all over Montreal! Photo credit: Guillaume Barrette