Greece headlines of Pointe-à-Callière’s Port Symphonies
Sunday February 22 and March 8, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. on Place Royale and around the Museum. Free
Pointe-à-Callière’s Port Symphonies for 2015 shine a spotlight on Greece, with the participation of Québec composer, instrumentalist, and sound artist Philippe Lauzier who is presenting an original composition entitled Oreste sur les territoires sirènes. For this unique outdoor concert, the sounds of trains, boats moored in the Old Port, the bells of Notre-Dame Basilica, and other urban instruments will come together to create an original piece of contemporary music of the most unusual kind.
The inspiration for the Symphony presented at Pointe-à-Callière this year is Orestes, a work by Greek writer Euripides. From this work, a 35-note melody on ragged papyrus has withstood the test of time. Supporting Lauzier’s work—accompanying all of the sounds heard echoing around the Museum and in the area of the Old Port of Montréal—will be a brass and percussion ensemble. This group will also perform an overture, based on this ancient melody dating back to the days of Alexander the Great.
Philippe Lauzier, composer of creative music
Philippe Lauzier is an active member of the Québec creative music scene. An instrumentalist, composer, and sound artist, in 2013, he recorded the album Transparence, which was hailed by critics. As a soloist, he is largely defined by his research of, and experimentation with, the acoustic possibilities of the bass clarinet and alto and soprano saxophones. His playing blends the influence of contemporary musical languages with sounds from non-Western sources. His research has also led him to create his first sound installation, which was presented at the 30th Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville.