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Monday, 9 March 2015

This Week in Montreal: March 9 to 15

Suzie Templeton (Photo: Hugh Gordon)

This Week in Montreal: March 9 to 15

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Festival of New Trumpet

Launched in mid-March of last year, FONT (Festival of New Trumpet, Canada) is an extension of a similarly-named event held in the Fall in New York. This pocket-sized fest is spread over four evenings (March 12 to 15), the first two at the Café Résonance (Park and Fairmount), the latter at 185 van Horne, at the corner of ­l’Esplanade, a loft space formerly known as l’Envers.

While jazz (and improvised musics) are its stylistic backbone, it is ­intent on stretching its boundaries, with forays into the contemporary classical music idiom and other experimental forms. Amy Horvey (now with the MSO) premieres new composed music for a five-piece chamber ensemble, while Frédéric Demers performs a piece with electronics, to be premiered at the MNM festival in late February.

On the jazz side of the ledger, Ingrid Jensen will be back again in a new quartet with a special guest, guitar hero Ben Monder. The latter will also perform in duo with Shragge (guitar fans do take note). The ­Altsys Jazz Orchestra will come out swinging, with brassman and co-leader Bill Mahar at the forefront, not to forget its lead Jocelyn Couture and his trademark pyrotechnics. Epps also will chip with his improv stylings at the helm of his trio Pink Saliva.
Marc Chénard

Appassionata – Pierre et le loup en direct

For the delight of children and adults, Appassionata once again puts on this show, which combines music and animated cinema. The orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s must-hear Peter and the Wolf while pictures from the animated movie by British cineaste Suzie Templeton will be presented. The show opens with a presentation of the instruments. Maison de la culture Frontenac, March 14, 2 pm.
- Renée Banville

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