With Incantation, Quasar pursues a long and fruitful collaboration with Jean-François Laporte. Indeed, this partnership started in 2001 with Le chant de l’inaudible, the first quartet Laporte composed for Quasar. Since then, Quasar and Jean-François Laporte have collaborated in many projects such as Tribal (2002), Procession (2002), Vortex (2004), La Plénitude du vide (2005), Dégonflement (2006), and Psukhô (2008).
Incantation is in keeping with my work Procession (2002) which was also a work of spatialized music to be adapted differently according to each performance location. This work uses the acoustic, scenic and theatrical possibilities of the site in order to emphasize and highlight them. Incantation offers listeners a different music experience by placing them in the middle of the sound continuum.
A commission of Quasar with the assistance of the Canada Council for the arts, Incantation was premiered on February 19, 2011 as part of the En 3 mouvements concert (MNM Festival).