A portrait of new music in Canada

Selected composers : Rebecca Bruton (AB), Ana Dall'Ara Majek (QC), Émilie Girard-Charest (QC), Alec Hall (ON), William Kuo (BC),  Jim O'Leary (PEI), Ofer Pelz (QC), Hiroki Tsurumoto (ON)

On the occasion of Canada's 150th anniversary, Quasar commissioned 8 work to 8 Canadian composers. A jury representing all regions of Canada selected a composer for each of the following five regions: Maritimes, Prairies, British Columbia / Yukon, Ontario and Quebec. The selection of the other three composers was left to the jury's discretion.

A true sonic portrait of Canadian new music, this project has enabled the creation of inspiring works that reflect the world in which we live. A current and vibrant anthology of the diversity, creativity and richness of artists from across the country. More than a series of commissions, this project is a gathering, sharing and exchange space for the music community and for the public. Indeed, the composers will have participated in a series of research and creation workshops with the performers of Quasar during the fall of 2017.

This project was made possible by the New Chapter program of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Research and creation workshops

From November 20 to 24, 2017, four composers participated in a first week of creative workshops in Montreal at Gesù.

From November 26 to 30, 2017, four other composers participated in a second week of creative workshops in Vancouver at the Western Front.

Premiers / On tour

All the works have been premiered in Montreal at the Gesù in collaboration with Le Vivier, on May 30 and 31, 2018 in the presence of the composers.

The project will start touring in winter 2019, visiting St.John's (NF), Banff, Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria. A second phase of touring will occur in 2019-2020.


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