After Hélène Paul and His Excellency Lionel Gendron, bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, the Vital Organ Project (USA), a duo founded by Graeme Shields and Tyler Jamison Pimm, to promote contemporary organ music, joined the consortium of sponsors of my Organ Interlude cycle, a project of organist Gabrielle Tessier. They commissioned the third Interlude of the series, which will ideally comprise five.
On October 8th, 2018, I gave workshop on liturgical improvisation at Saint-François-d’Assise parish in Ottawa, ON. The workshop was part of the annual Study day of LAUDEM, the Association of liturgical musicians of Canada. Other presenters included Michel Guimont, Gilles Leclerc and Pierre Grondines.
During the night between October 6th and 7th 2018, during the Radio programme “Night horizon” on Bulgarian National Radio, were played the recordings of my work Salve, Regina, sung by Jean-Pierre Couturier, and of his Te Deum in the Mohawk language, sung by myself. The disc can be purchased HERE
On September 30, 1028, for the third time I played the organ for the largest annual religious gathering in Québec: the pilgrimage of the Italian communities in Montréal at the Saint-Joseph Oratory, organized by the Conferenza dei sacerdoti italiani di Montréal.
I am particularly proud of the Offertory hymn, À cause d’une croix by Robert Lebel, used and translated by Lina Saracino, with his permission. Some of the older Italians speak only rudimentary French, but they worked really hard to perform it.
The official video, made by Leandro Phederrico, lasts 16 min. You can watch it HERE
You can watch a short excerpt of the Offertory HERE
His Excellency, Monseigneur Lionel Gendron, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, became the second person after Hélène Paul to commission me an Interlude for organ. Gabrielle Tessier’s ongoing project to commission me a cycle of Organ Interludes for a traditional post-Homily performance at the Co-cathedral at Longueuil seeks three more contributors.
On Sunday, September 16, 2018, Radio Classique presented the CD “La Passione secondo Giovanni” at 15h15, 99,5 FM (Montréal region) 92,7 FM (Québec region), together with track 1. Special thanks to Marie-Ève Lalonde.
On Friday, September 14th 2018, took place the launch of the CD album “La Passione secondo Giovanni”, a Disques Benedictus production, where I feature as composer, organist and singer. This album of sacred music contains, among others, two monumental works by Jean-Pierre Couturier: a 33-minute long a cappella setting of the Passion according to John and the first original piece written in the Mohawk language that is not an adaptation of previously existing music, or a translation. The CD also contains a work of mine, Salve, Regina.
The CD can be purchased online here: https://www.disquesbenedictus.ca/ The cost of $25,75 includes tax and shipping.
For in-person purchases in Montréal, Canada:
- Bertrand-Foucher-Bélanger, 4023 Hochelaga
- Éditions Médiaspaul, 3965, boul. Henri-Bourassa Est
- Éditions Pauline, 2653, rue Masson
- Radio Maria (bureau Montréal), 1700, boul. Jean-Talon
- Mission Marie-Auxiliatrice, 8550, avenue Joliot-Curie
A description of the CD in Italian can be read in Il Corriere Italiano from September 5th HERE
A description of the CD in French and English can be read in La Scena Musicale HERE
A special thanks also to the CMC, which announced the event, because I, a member, have a piece on the CD!