On May 11th, 2018, at 12h15 at the Sanctuaire Marie-Reine-des-Coeurs in Montréal, Canada, Jean-Pierre Couturier gave the word premiere of my work Salve Regina for baritone and piano and the 2017 revision of my 2001 composition Non pur la morte on text by Michelangelo Buonarroti. I performed the organ for this concert, which was part of the annual sanctuary series called L’orgue en mai.
On April 21, 2018 at 17h30, An excerpt of my “Cantata No 2, Orphic” and my work “Non pur la morte” were performed in the Church of Truth in Victoria, BC, Canada, by Jessica Wagner (soprano) and Collin Maloy (Marimba) at a concert, organized by Hugo Harmens with the financial assistance of the Norwegian Society of Composers.
On Friday, March 30th, 2018, at 3 PM, I performed The Passion of Jean-Pierre Couturier together with singers Marie-Annick Béliveau, Valérie Walker and Jean-Pierre Couturier at Missione Maria Ausiliatrice, 8555, boul. Maurice-Duplessis.
On March 13 and 14 at Saint-Bonaventure church I recorded as a singer and organist repertoire for two upcoming Disques Benedictus CD releases, one expected this year, the other one – in 2019. The other performers were Marie-Annick Béliveau, Valérie Walker and Jean-Pierre Couturier (singers) and Viviana Gosselin (violoncello). The repertoire includes my work Salve, Regina, as well as Te Deum by Jean-Pierre Couturier, considered the first original composition (non-adapted) work in the Mohawk language, which I premiered in October of 2017 at the Kahnawake reservation.
Nuit Blanche took place tonight, March 3-4 2018! I participated as a singer in Véronique Girard’s improvisation group on an animated score by her. The event, “Les Insomniaques ont soif… de Mix”, part of this year’s Montréal en lumière festival, took place at L’Escalier bar on 552, rue Sainte-Cathérine Est.
On February 28th at 20h Ensemble Paramirabò, in a coproduction with the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, performed for the third time my work “Les trois diables” in its unstaged, music-only version. The concert took place at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montréal.
On February 20th, Ensemble Paramirabò performed the children’s version of my show “Les trois diables” at 11h and at 16h30 at Tanna Schulich Hall, Montréal, as guest of Allegra Chamber Music’s children’s season “Bach avant dodo”. The 45-minute work comprises not only music, but also my dramatization of the québécois fairy tale with the same name and an accompanying powerpoint presentation.
The composition was sponsored by the Canada Council of the Arts and Linda Diez.