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Artistic Team

Anne Carson  /  Linda Bouchard  /  Keith Turnbull  /  Yan Breuleux  /  Frédéric St-Hilaire
Guy Few  /  Joseph Petric  /  Eric Vaillancourt  /  Roger Psutka


 

Anne Carson
Anne Carson lives in Montreal, where she is Director of Graduate Studies, Classics, at McGill University. Her first book published in Britain, Glass and God, was shortlisted for the 1998 Forward Prize; her second, Autobiography of Red, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She has been the recipient of the Lannan Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the MacArthur Fellowship, and was named a member of the Order of Canada in August, 2005. Her recent works include her translation of If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, and Decreation, which combines poetry with opera libretto, oratorio, essays and more, both published by Knopf.She lives in Canada

Anne Carson is a writer with two desks. In the literal sense she uses one desk for classical scholarship and another for creative writing, but in her mind she marries these desks to produce original essays and astounding poetry that break and bend the rules in ways that continually surprise her readers. In her book Economy of the Unlost, for instance, she explores the idea of a “language economy” by aligning the writings of the Greek lyric poet Simonides and the modern Romanian poet and Holocaust survivor Paul Celan; through this technique Carson offers an explanation for what is lost when words are wasted and who profits when words are saved. She believes both poets stand in a state of alienation between two worlds, but through her “two desked-self,” she deftly brings the worlds of these poets together in a writing style that echoes the lyricism of poetry.

As both a classicist and a poet, she invents new forms and transforms old ones to blur the boundaries between genres. In her own words, “Form is a rough approximation of what the facts are doing. Their activity more than their surface appearance. I mean, when we say that form imitates reality or something like that it sounds like an image. I’m saying it’s more like a tempo being covered, like a movement within an event or thing.” This loose line between her poetry and prose transcends all her work, and is most apparent in her books Short Talks, where she condenses the form of essay into a prose poem and Autobiography of Red, a novel-in-verse.

Unlike many contemporary poets, Carson abhors self-involvement in her writing. While a poem like “The Glass Essay” makes references to her life, Carson does not see these moments as any more important or meaningful than the other “facts” contained in the poem. "I find the idea of the essay as self-exploration kind of creepy. Because when you write an essay you’re giving a gift, it seems to me. You’re giving this grace as the ancients would say. A gift shouldn’t turn back into the self and stop there," she explains. "That’s why facts are so important, because a fact is something already given. It’s a gift from the world or from wherever you found it. And then you take that gift and you do something with it, and you give it again to the world or to some person, and that keeps it going."

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Linda Bouchard
Linda Bouchard is a composer, arranger, conductor and producer. The French Canadian lived in Montréal until 1978 and then went to study composition with Henry Brant at Bennington College. She will keep a close contact with her mentor until his death in 2008. She did her graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and has composed over 60 works in a variety of genres, from orchestral and chamber works to dance scores, concerti, and vocal pieces. Her works have been heard extensively on both sides of the Atlantic and have been recorded by the CBC and Analekta in Canada, ECM in Germany, and CRI in the US. She has won four SOCAN awards in Canada and her honors in the US include first prizes in the Princeton Composition Contest, the Indiana State Competition and the National Association of Composers USA Contest. Lately she was awarded a Fromm Foundation award from Harvard University and a SF Foundation for the Arts Commisison Grant as well as a Canada council for the Arts project grant to develop a new work for the Swiss virtuoso Charlotte Hug for viola and electronics.

She lived in New York City from 1979 to 1990 where she composed, led contemporary music groups such as the New York New Music Ensemble and the New Music Consort, and made orchestral arrangements for the Washington Ballet, the St. Luke’s Orchestra and various churches in the Metropolitan area. She was Assistant Conductor for the New York Children’s Free Opera with the St. Luke’s Orchestra from 1985 to 1988. 

In 1990, she moved back to Montréal just in time for the premiere of her first orchestral work Elan which was commissioned by the New Music America Festival. From September 1992 to August 1995, Ms. Bouchard held the position of Composer in Residence for the National Arts Centre (NAC) Orchestra in Ottawa, Trevor Pinnock, Music Director. During her residency, she composed several works for the orchestra and organized 20th-Century Music events such as the First Orchestral Workshop and the Summer Music Festival: Atonal Departure.

In 1997, Ms. Bouchard received the Prix Opus as “Composer of the Year” by the Conseil Quebecois de la Culture and she won the Joseph S.Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts for her outstanding contributions in music.

In June 2001, Ms Bouchard was invited to participate at IRCAM’s “Stage d’Informatique Musicale” in Paris. Her opera “The House of Words” was premiered at the NYU Experimental Theatre department in 2003.

In the fall 2005, she founded NEXMAP, a non-for-profit arts organization dedicated to the presentation of artistic events. She has bee living in San Francisco with her husband and her son since 1997.

www.lindabouchard.com
www.nexmap.org

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Keith Turnbull
Keith Turnbull is a director, dramaturge and producer committed to contemporary and new work in both theatre and opera. He was artistic director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre; of Second Stage, Neptune Theatre; and founding artistic director of the NDWT Co. with which he started a First Nations theatre company from which emerged many of Canada's most noted native performers and writers. He is the past Artistic Director/Executive Producer of Banff Theatre Arts. He has taught extensively throughout Canada.

He has directed over eighty plays in theatres across Canada and has directed opera/music theatre for Cultural Industries (Toronto), Music Theatre Wales, Peteå Chamber Opera (Sweden), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (Cardiff & Swansea), UK in NY Festival (New York) and Vancouver Opera. For Banff Theatre Arts, he directed works by Aperghis, Maxwell Davies, Finnessy, Kagel, Menotti, Stravinsky, Weill, and Zimmermann; produced works by Antheil, Berg, Birtwistle, Daugherty, Henze, Nyman and Vivier; and directed the world premieres of Boiler Room Suite (Doolittle), Ubu (Toovey), Kafka's Chimp (Metcalf) and Zürich:1916 (Butterfield). In Montreal he recently directed José Evangelista's Exercices d'Opera and Isabelle Panneton's L'Arche.

www.achairinlove.ca

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Yan Breuleux
Yan Breuleux specializes in experimental animation video. For ten years he has collaborated with musicians and composers to create multi-screen, panoramic, and hemispherical pieces. His works have been broadcast at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin (1999, 2004); ISEA in Paris (2000) and Japan (2002); Dissonanze in Rome (2003) and Lille (2004); Scopitone in Nantes (2009); and the Nemo Festival in Paris (2010). His online projects were presented to the Museum of Quebec, Rimouski and the New Museum of Contemporary Art of New York. Following the project Black Box he served as co-design and project management artist for Museums Nature of Montreal and the Society of Arts and Technology. He recently completed a multi-screen HD video for the Centre de la Francophonie of America. Breuleux has collaborated with the duo PurForm and composer Alain Thibault. Breuleux graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Master of Industrial Design (MASc), and he is currently completing a doctorate in composition in the Faculty of Music at the University of Montreal.

www.purform.com

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Frédéric St-Hilaire
Frédéric St-Hilaire has been involved in the electronic art scene for the last ten years. While studying filmmaking, he started experimenting with video and found is passion: the use of video in scenographic contexts. His work brought him to collaborate on multiple projects with musicians, composers, directors, and choreographers. The video images that he creates are regularly presented in artistic events in Canada and abroad.

fsthilaire.weebly.com

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Guy Few
Guy Few is a virtuoso. As a pianist, trumpeter, cornist, and singer, he delights audiences with his intensity and charm. Montreal’s Le Devoir calls him “outrageously gifted” and “quite simply phenomenal”. It is no wonder that he is in demand as a soloist, performing with many orchestras and festivals in Canada and the USA.

Guy is equally at home in classical or contemporary genres. Through the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, he has debuted new works by Canadian composers including Glen Buhr, Peter Hatch, Alain Trudel, Melissa Hui, Boyd McDonald and Jacques Hétu among others. Jacques Hétu’s concerto, written for Mr. Few, is available on Canadian Trumpet Concerti with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Raffi Armenian (CBC SM5000). He has also recorded for S.N.E., Arsis Classics, Musica Viva, ibs, Naxos and the Hänssler Classics labels. Hänssler recordings include the Grammy Award winning Credo of Penderecki with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling conductor. Upcoming CD releases include Bacchanale, with Nadina Mackie Jackson and The Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Kevin Mallon conductor, for MSR Classics (June 2007) .

Guy has won innumerable prizes for piano and trumpet performance. He was a finalist in the CBC Young Performer’s Competition and the Grand Prize Winner of the CIBC National Music Festival. In 1988 he received the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award from the Canada Council of the Arts when he was chosen as Most Promising Artist in both piano and brass categories. He has been invited as a professor, adjudicator, soloist, principal and recitalist to many festivals including The Festival of the Sound, Scotiafest, The Orford Festival, The Kiwanis National Music Festival, The Ottawa Chamber Festival, The Vancouver Chamber Festival, The Elora Festival, Tanglewood, Takefu International Music Festival and The Oregon Bach Festival (USA). Clinics and master classes have been presented from Japan to the USA including Scotiafest, Takefu International Music Festival, Orford and The Guelph Spring Festival, as well as post-secondary institutions such as the Montreal Conservatory, the University of Toronto, Memorial University, New York State University at Fredonia and Sonoma State University.

A frequent perfomer on various Quebec musical stages, Guy performs in duo with Alain Trudel. He has appeared with the Quebec Symphony, Début Atlantic, Prairie Debut,, Jeunesses Musicales, at the Orford Festival, la Maison trestler, le Domaine Forget, la Chapelle du Bon Pasteur, and at la Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts.

Guy is a gold medal graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario and holds a Fellowship Diploma from Trinity College, London, England. He performs and records on a regular basis with Bellows and Brass, Nadina Mackie Jackson (bassoon), and Stephanie Mara (piano). Guy has appeared on CBC-TV, CTV, BRAVO, TV5 and European television broadcasts and is heard regularly on CBC Radio and NPR.

Guy lives in Elora, Ontario, Canada, and is a part time faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University where he conducts the Wilfrid Laurier Brass Ensemble and teaches trumpet and duo piano. He is a Yamaha Artist and performs on XENO and Custom trumpets.

www.guyfew.com

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Joseph Petric
Accordionist Joseph Petric has appeared as soloist at Seiji Ozawa Hall, London’s South Bank, Philips Gallery and Kennedy Centre Washington, IRCAM Paris, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, with most Canadian new music societies including New Music Concerts, NEM, SMCQ, ACREQ, Festival Domaine Forget, Montreal Biennale, VNMS, and as concerto soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Boston Modern Orchestra, Camerata Roman Sweden. He has received commission support from the Koussevitsky Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Societe Radio Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, Swedish Reikskonzerter, QALC, Ludlow Foundation (Wales), and John Lewis Partnership (UK), and is the 2005 recipient of the Friend of Canadian Music Award, a JUNO, Hunter Prize 2003 and Prix Opus 2005 nominee.

His notable collaborations include performances with the Penderecki String Quartet (Can), Vanbrugh (Ire) Duke Quartet (Eng) Arriaga Quartet (Belg) Pentaedre Wind Quintet, Alain Trudel, Guy Few, David Mott, Normand Forget and the Adaskin String Trio.

Mr Petric performs commissioned texts in every genre written expressly for him by Canadian and international composers. His commission list includes 199 works and he is responsible for the collaborative creation of 6 more works with accordion including Paul Frehner’s opera Sirius on Earth and Chris Paul Harmon’s Otogo No Kuni E for Orchestra and Cello. His commitment to the process of adaptation resulted in the first recordings of the Bach Trio Sonatas Odeofon 2006, Rameau’s Pieces de Clavecin Air Records 2006, and works by CPE Bach Analekta 2001.

Current activity includes an interdisciplinary collaboration with choreographer Heidi Strauss and stage director Jeremy Minmagh, a new concerto with funding support from the Koussevitsky Foundation, and extended American and British tours featuring the complete Bach Trio Sonatas. Mr Petric gives up to 70 concerts annually.

www.josephpetric.com

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Eric Vaillancourt
After receiving a first prize from the Quebec Conservatory in Hull and winning the National Arts Center Orchestra Bursary, Eric Vaillancourt made the encounter that would shape his future career. In a master class, Alain Trudel immediately recognised his talent and took Vaillancourt on as his only private student. Vaillancourt progressed so rapidly that within a few years he became Trudel's assistant at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, from 2000 to 2003.

Eric has taken part in numerous concerts and recordings, notably for CBC's Concert for a Sunday Afternoon, the CBC Montreal Christmas Sing-in (broadcast across the country) and with I Musici de Montréal on the Chandos label.

A member of Ottawa's Cathedral Brass, Eric has performed more than 50 concerts and is featured as a soloist on their latest CD. He can also be seen on the documentary, "Trombone: The Voice of God" and on Angele Dubeau's, "la Fête de la musique" on Radio-Canada.

Vaillancourt is a founding member of Fusion, an ensemble that concentrates on the music of our time. He will be featured as a soloist with the group in Alexina Louie's, Ricochet. His love for Baroque music led him to play sackbut on tour with Les idées Heureuses.

Eric has also toured with Bellows and Brass in a Columbia Artist concert tour of the United States.

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Roger Psutka
Roger is an accomplished Audio Engineer and Technical Director. His expertise was instrumental in the successful premiere of Murderous Little World at NUMUS in February 2011. He is currently the Audio Engineer and Tour manager for FOH Dean Brody and Sound Engineer at Earshot. He is
well versed in many aspects of the entertainment business: training, artistic sound design, service, troubleshooting and maintenance of d&b sound system, inventory control, supervision of musical instrument team, budget and expenses and all ordering of supplies and stock, management of aspects of show production, and maintaining artistic show direction. From January 1989 to January 2007 he had experience in tour management, production event management, international touring and studio engineering. He was the Audio Supervisor in Orlando for the Blue Man Group from 2005 to 2010, and today is a self-employed live sound engineer. Roger is currently based in Kitchener, Canada.

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