Wandelweiser in Montréal

  • Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble
  • Jürg Frey

The Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble is an international group of composers/performers, founded more than 20 years ago. Although their compositional output is varied, the members of this group share a similar aesthetic and philosophical sensibility towards composing, playing, and listening.

Wandelweiser composer Radu Malfatti has described their music as “the evaluation and integration of silence (s) rather than an ongoing carpet of never-ending sounds.”

Although stunningly beautiful in performance, this music more often finds its home in interdisciplinary contexts and art venues than in concert halls. The music unravels over time, often stretching the temporal limits commonly expected from concerts, and is available for those willing to allow themselves the time to listen.

The music of the Wandelweiser composers has slowly but surely made its profound mark on the Canadian new-music scene. Through their ongoing programming of Wandelweiser composers, and their widely distributed CD of Jürg Frey’s String Quartets, the Quatuor Bozzini has contributed to the development of an audience for this music in Canada.

The Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble was first presented in Canada in 2003 at the Théatre La Chapelle in Montréal, and the Quatuor Bozzini is thrilled to present the ensemble and their music again this June, in the larger context of 10 concerts in two different cities.

Our five invited Wandelweiser composers are:

As a special guest we welcome the legendary composer, Christian Wolff (Hanover/New Hampshire), who has a longstanding relationship with the Wandelweiser composers. Together with Bozzini and Wandelweiser, he will perform a concert of pieces from his Prose Collection. This promises to be a landmark event.

This project is produced by the Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal), Festival suoni per il popolo (Montréal), Immersound at Oboro (Montréal), and Open Space (Victoria), with financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Past concerts

17 June 2013
8:30 pm
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BrandesMalfattiStiegler
Montréal (Québec)
16 June 2013
8:00 pm
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Wolff
Montréal (Québec)
15 June 2013
7:30 pm
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ArnoldFrey
Montréal (Québec)
15 June 2013
5:00 pm
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FreyPisaro
Montréal (Québec)
15 June 2013
3:00 pm
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BeugerPisaro
Montréal (Québec)
14 June 2013
7:00 pm
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BeugerWerder
Montréal (Québec)

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