Flute in the Wild (Centredisques, 2021)

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Flute in the Wild Jaye Marsh, flutes; Heidi Elise Bearcroft, harp; Darren Hicks, bassoon; Andrew Morris, percussion; John Rice, storyteller; Christina Marie Faye and Richard Herriott, piano Label: Centrediscs, 2021

The album lives up to its name. Flute in the Wild, the flute in nature. Initiated by the flautist Jaye Marsh, this new release of Centredisques indeed immerses us in a rural universe, sometimes peaceful, sometimes intriguing, even scary. No need to know the music of Diane Berry, Elizabeth Raum, Richard Mascall and Richard Herriot to appreciate them as they awaken in us an imagination of sounds. Everything begins serenely with a piece, Calling, which features the cries of a loon, an animal that has become a Canadian national emblem, alongside the flute.

We continue our bucolic journey with a piece by Elizabeth Raum, much longer than the first of the album, a work by Richard Mascall which combines a tale recited by John Rice of the Wasauksing First Nation, with musical passages which imbue words as witnesses to the ancestral practices, beliefs and wisdom of Indigenous peoples who are one with nature. The recording ends with a dreamy work by Richard Herriott and another more substantial work by Elizabeth Raum.

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If you like to pick up your phone from time to time or recharge your batteries in contact with wide open spaces, this album is made for you.

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Justin Bernard est détenteur d’un doctorat en musique de l’Université de Montréal. Ses recherches portent sur la médiation musicale, notamment par le biais des nouveaux outils numériques, ainsi que sur la relation entre opéra et cinéma. Membre de l’Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM), il a réalisé une série de capsules vidéo éducatives pour l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Justin Bernard est également l’auteur de notes de programme pour le compte de la salle Bourgie du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal et chargé de cours à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Par ailleurs, il anime une émission d’opéra et une chronique musicale à Radio VM (91,3 FM).

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