Unveiling the new Season!

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The entire Quasar team is pleased to unveil the 2019-2020 season program, which also celebrates our 25th anniversary! We're very grateful for all the opportunities to be presented this season, one which already promises to be diverse, abounding in international tours, collaborative projects, residencies and new creations! Add to that prestigious guests, inspiring invitations and our customary Montreal Series, which is part of the programming of the 11th season of the Groupe Le Vivier, and we have a season that is guaranteed to make some noise!

Don't miss our tragicomic, experimental technoperaballet concert, Je ne suis pas un robot, on September 26th and 27th!

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September 26 & 27, 2019
Doors open at 6:00 pm, show begins at 7:00 pm
Alcoholic beverages on sale on site
Camp Éthel, 4015 Wellington Street

On September 26 and 27, at Camp Éthel on the Promenade Wellington, we are joining forces with  Les Escales improbables de Montréal to present Je ne suis pas un robot, a tragicomic and experimental technopéraballet!

Join us on the surprising terrace of the Éthel parking lot, an unique space with a breathtaking view of Montreal, to take part in this extraordinary event offering a fusion of invented instruments, exploded scenography and new music.

With both playful and profound reflections on the "machinization" of humans and the humanization of machines, Je ne suis pas un robot navigates the murky waters of this line of inquiry. A unique event-spectacle that promises not to leave anyone feeling indifferent!

A collective creation of:
Jean-Marc Bouchard - Music, original idea
Jean-François Laporte - Music, instrumental conception
Jérôme Minière - Music, text, dramaturgy
Marie-Pierre Normand - Scenography, costumes
Quasar - Musicians


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September 28, 2019, 2:00 pm
Amphithéâtre du Gesù, Montreal

FREE - This year we once again have the pleasure of taking part in the Journées de la Culture! As part of the Le Vivier Group's programming, and their Journées découvertes, we will present an outdoor public performance, highlighting our famous trompes-sax, in addition to a performance of the works of Michel Frigon and Jean-François Laporte. A wonderful opportunity to discover - or rediscover - the flavour of Quasar through engaging and accessible works, celebrating our culture here!

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October 17, 2019, 7:30 pm
Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montreal

 Un pour tous et tous pour un! is a chance to underline our own colour as a quartet and also the uniqueness of our musicians. Each member of Quasar will be performing a solo work, in addition to a piece for quartet in the finale. On the program, a creation by Gordon Williamson, as well as works by André Hamel and Pierre Jodlowski. Tickets available September 19th.


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November 17, 2019, 4:00 pm
Amphithéâtre du Gesù, Montreal

We will begin our 25th season with the spiritual suite that is Quasar-Chestra. This second installment will place the saxophone at the heart of a great musical celebration. We will be accompanied by the celebrated Stockholms Saxofonqvartett, who will arrive straight from Sweden in the middle of their 50th season! On the program, creations by Simon Bertrand and Jenny Hettne as well as works by Alexandre David and Dawn Hatfield. Sax Organ will also be performed, by an impressive total of 16 saxophones, along with students from McGill University's Schulich School of Music.

The concert will be preceded by the Journée du saxophone, presented chiefly at the Wirth Opera Studio of McGill University's Schulich School of Music, in partnership with Twigg, Vandoren and Buffet Crampon! Saxophonists of all levels are invited to join us for workshops, master classes and exclusive performances!


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November 22 2019, 7;30 pm
Salle Bourgie, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

As part of the 9th season of Arte Musica presented in the magnificent Salle Bourgie of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, we have the privilege of presenting a concert celebrating our 25 years of activity and musical creation! On the menu, works that have marked our career in very meaningful ways, namely pieces by Florent Schmitt, Michel Frigon, Iannis Xenakis, Michael Œsterle and Ülo Krigul.


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January 23, 2020, 8:00 pm
Espace Aline-Letendre of the Gesù, Montreal

As part of the Tribute Series presented by the SMCQ, Quasar is proud to honour the work of composer Katia Makdissi-Warren. Through a concert exploring the theme of identity in multiple forms, Makdissi-Warren's work will be brought into dialogue with those of Daniel Peter Biro, Chinese composer Xue Han, and Israeli-Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi.


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February 12th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Cabaret du Lion d'Or, Montreal

Propelled by our collaborator Jean Saint-Onge, the bold Anticosti Project is an original creation inspired by Anticosti Island: its isolation, liveliness and originality. Presented at the Cabaret du Lion d'Or, the concert will also feature our friends from the Molinari quartet, and other guest musicians!

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April 23 & 24, 2020, 8:00 pm
Music Multimedia Room, Schulich School of Music

McGill University, Montreal

Under the aegis of our partners at CIRMMT, December 2019 will be marked by a residency with esteemed collaborator composers, which will conclude with a public workshop on December 6th at 5:00 pm, at the MMR of the Schulich School of Music.

Following these experiments and reflections, on April 23rd and 24th we will present an exploratory concert of electronic music, in which we will have the pleasure of introducing you to new creations by Myriam Bleau (Montreal), Bertrand Dubedout (Toulouse), Örjan Sandred (Winnipeg) and Gene Coleman (Philadelphia).

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June 5, 2020, 8:00 pm
Amphithéâtre du Gesù, Montreal

Our 25th season will conclude with a concert presented at the Gesù in association with Le Cartel, which will revisit 20 years of creating and performing mixed music. Through new creations and classics, this best of format will offer a vast and astonishing portrait of our electronic repertoire! On the menu, construct / deconstruct by Sergej Maingardt, Pim'po by Michel Frigon, In specific cities by James O'Callaghan and much more!


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Cette année encore, nous serons de retour avec nos Rencontres incendiaires, tables rondes qui adressent des questions essentielles mais trop peu abordées dans le milieu des musiques nouvelles. Une pléiade d'invités surprenants et audacieux viendront débattre et discuter de ces enjeux, dans une formule présentée en pré-concert de notre Série montréalaise, à l'Espace Custeau du Gesù.

Once again this year, we will be back with our Fiery Encounters, round-table discussions that address essential questions too rarely addressed in the world of new music. A host of surprising and daring guests will come to debate and discuss these issues, presented in a pre-concert format of our Montreal Series, at the Espace Custeau du Gesù.

Should we renew the concert format?
November 17, 2019, 3:00 pm

What is your musical DNA?
January 23, 2020, 7:00 pm

Are we controlled by machines?
June 5, 2020, 7:00 pm



We have the immense privilege of going on several international tours this year. After taking part in the SALT 2019 New Music Festival and Symposium last August in Victoria (BC), we will be exploring Europe next October and November. 2020 promises to be even more exciting with no less than four international tours on our agenda.

SALT 2019 New Music Festival and Symposium
Victoria (British Columbia)
August 19 to 24, 2019

European Tour pt. I
Dusseldorf & Hanover (Germany), Liège (Belgium)
October 26 to November 9, 2019

Territoires sonores Tour
London & Waterloo (Ontario)
January 27 to 31, 2020

US Tour
Washington, Seattle, Stanford and more
February 18 to 20, 2020

Mexican Tour
Morelia & Monterrey
March 1 to 10, 2020

European Tour pt. 2
Tel-Aviv (Israel), Stockholm (Sweden),
Liège & Mons (Belgium), Hanover (Germany)
May 4 to 20, 2020