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16 May 2024, 7 pm : meet & greet + album launch; 7:30 pm : music
$20 regular tickets , $35 "Amis de la musique"

Intimes exubérances

@ Collectif MTL, 397 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal

Pianist Cheryl Duvall will perform Intimes exubérances, an ambitious hour-long work composed by Patrick Giguère in 2023. It will also be an occasion to celebrate the release of their eponymous album!

« While touching upon a multitude of textures and colours, and spanning a vast duration, Intimes exubérances’ focus remains steadfast and unbroken throughout. For listeners, this sense is contagious, hypnotic even. The energy of each movement somehow explores intimacy and exuberance and the kaleidoscope of ways that these two opposites can be combined, which quite an emotional journey. The work is the result of a curious, tactile, and instinctual creative process, one that nurtures a playful and enjoyable physical relationship between Cheryl and the piano. The mutual trust that Cheryl and Patrick established during this project is instrumental in cementing the piece’s unique affect. » – extracts from the album liner notes, by Nick Storring

The first version of Intimes exubérances was presented by Innovations en concert in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, in a version featuring live video by Elysha Poirier. We are delighted to bring this newest version to Montreal audiences!

Toronto-based musician Cheryl Duvall has established herself as one of Canada’s foremost contemporary music interpreters, immersing herself in a wide variety of compositional aesthetics and collaborative endeavours. Her lucid sense of contour, evocative sonic and emotional presence, and boundless versatility make her both a dynamic soloist and in-demand collaborator. Duvall has been presented as a solo performer by, among others, Innovations en concert, Suoni per il Popolo, The National Arts Centre, Bang On A Can, MTU Cork School Of Music (Ireland), and University of Huddersfield (UK). She has toured and performed throughout Canada, Japan, Europe, Argentina and the U.S. In 2016, Duvall’s artistry was recognized with a nomination for the KM Hunter Award. Her debut album Harbour, featuring music by Anna Höstman, received considerable acclaim and was broadcasted on CBC Radio, chosen as the #1 Modern Composition Recording of 2020 by The Wire Magazine and was nominated for Classical Composition of the Year at the JUNOs.

She co-founded the “adventurous and smartly programmed” (Musicworks Magazine) chamber group Thin Edge New Music Collective alongside Ilana Waniuk in 2011. Since their inception, they’ve commissioned over 80+ works and mounted lavish multidisciplinary productions. Their tours and residencies across Europe, Japan and Argentina have positioned them as ambassadors for Canadian music abroad. TENMC was awarded the 2020 Friends of Canadian Music Award from the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre. Their 2023 album featuring Linda Catlin Smith’s music, Dark Flower, received numerous accolades including appearances on the BBC, and year-end lists from tastemakers like The Wire Magazine and Bandcamp Daily. Cheryl is also the artistic director of The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga.

Patrick Giguère is a musician and composer based in Montréal. He mostly writes music for acoustic instruments, from solos to orchestral works, but is increasingly interested in improvised musical practices and in making more and more space for collaboration within his creative process. His music is simultaneously personal but designed to be shared; meditative, but alive and intense; complex but direct; an object of contemplation but politically engaged. It is performed in the Americas and in Europe.

Highlights of his career include his work Laisser surgir, which was released on a Ravello Records album by percussionist David Therrien Brongo in 2023. His collaborative project émettre un son, vérifier sa propre existence was featured in the Picanto Festival of the Canadian Music Center in 2022. In 2021, Ensemble Paramirabo, Vincent Ranallo and Jean-François Daigneault premiered his ambitious vocal work Lui. His piece Revealing was recorded by François-Xavier Roth and the London Symphony Orchestra in 2020 and premiered by Susanna Mälkki in 2018 at the Barbican. He took part in the Generation 2018 Canadian Tour with ECM+ . His piece Le sel de la terre was broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 in 2017, recorded by Thin Edge New Music Collective and awarded the 3rd Serge-Garant Prize from the SOCAN Foundation in 2015. He also collaborated with the Bozzini Quartet, Aventa Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Daniel Añez, Mark McGregor, and many more.


Produced in collaboration with Fondation LRDG

Innovations en concert would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts for their support.

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