Music review: Chamberfest’s first multimedia theatrical ‘happening’


Ottawa Citizen

Illusions

At the Ecole seondaire publique De La Salle

Reviewed Sunday evening

The first of three multimedia theatrical “happenings” at Chamberfest took place Sunday night with a joint production between the Gryphon Trio and the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+), Illusions. The program, which has already been performed in Toronto and Montreal, featured three new works by emerging Montreal-based composers, interspersed with the three movements of Charles Ives’ Piano Trio.

Simon Martin’s Musique d’art pour orchestre de chambre unfolds at a glacial pace, a hypnotic exercise in microtones and the birth and decay of sound. Ultimately, it suffers from being a little too experimental for the sake of experiment, and comes across as self-indulgent. ECM’s founding conductor Véronique Lacroix applied her usual understated, efficient style on the podium. She epitomizes rigour without rigidity.

At the other end of the spectrum was Gabriel Dharmoo’s Wanmansho (a play on “one man show”)…

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