ECM+: World New Music Days—ENCORE

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Montreal, October 17, 2017 — For immediate release. To open its season, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM +) is presenting a must-attend concert for both fans of musical discovery, with three internationally renowned composers, as well as devotees of the music of Ana Sokolović, one of ECM+’s iconic composers. The concert takes place on November 14, 2017 at the Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
As part of the 2017 edition of World New Music Days, presented by the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) and being hosted in Canada this year, ECM+ will first perform in Vancouver before returning to Montreal for an encore performance.

Audiences will hear recent works by composers from various ISCM member countries, including Martin Rane Bauck (Norway), Iñaki Estrada (Spain) and Grzegorz Pieniek (Poland). The concert will also be a rare opportunity to take the pulse of contemporary music around the world, with works that span a broad musical spectrum.

“The composers express themselves with highly contrasting styles of writing: the virtuosity of Iñaki Estrada—who makes room for the creativity of each instrumentalist—is a foil to the conceptual and minimalist music of Martin Bauck. And Pienieck’s piece seduces by bringing sound and resonance to centre stage.” – Véronique Lacroix, artistic director and conductor

Two works by Ana Sokolović, including the premiere of her violin concerto Evta, which is heavily influenced by Gypsy violin music played in the Balkans, are also on the bill for this event.
Pesma, the second Sokolović work, also reflects the international dimension of the concert. Performed by Krisztina Szabó, this masterpiece of the composer’s repertoire is a vocal work based on a poem sung in five languages (Serbian, Arabic, French, Indonesian and Niger-Kordofanian).

An evening of contrasts that offers the public a chance to hear works that are rarely performed here and to enjoy a varied musical geography while kicking off the 30th anniversary season on a festive note.

World New Music Days—ENCORE
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Salle de concert du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal
On tour: Vancouver, Monday, November 6, 2017

Ana Sokolović: Evta (premiere); Pesma
Grzegorz Pieniek: Jede Nacht besucht uns ein Traum
Martin Rane Bauck: wie tau von dem frühgras
Iñaki Estrada: Astiro

ECM+, 12 musicians | Véronique Lacroix, conductor
Soloists: Andréa Tyniec, violin | Krisztina Szabó, mezzo

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More than an ensemble, ECM+ produces innovative, multidisciplinary concerts and showcases Canadian musical creation throughout the country. Renowned for her flair and her appetite for risk-taking, artistic director Véronique Lacroix is passionate about creation and, with her musicians, is helping to foster the next generation of composers. Since it was founded in 1987, ECM+ has premiered 246 mostly Canadian works. Its productions have garnered prestigious awards, including the 2002 Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, the 2002 Prix Opus for Musical Event of the Year, and the 2007 Prix Opus for Artistic Direction of the Year. In addition to its regular season’s productions, ECM+ has toured Canada with the Generation project every two years since 2000. Moreover, the ensemble has participated in international exchanges with France, Belgium, Mexico, Ukraine, and Singapore. ECM+ has performed at 21C Music Festival of Toronto, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Montreal/New Music Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Québec’s Musiques au present festival, Toronto’s Massey Hall New Music Festival, and Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. The ensemble has released ten CDs, and its concerts were regularly broadcast on Radio-Canada’s ICI Musique and CBC Radio Two. ECM+ is in residence at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal since 1998. THE ECM+, SINCE 1987: + 246 World Premieres + 160 Composers + 10 CD Recordings + 9 Quebec Tours + 9 Canadian Tours + 9 International Exchanges

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