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Chants du Capricorne by Massimo Guerrera

What was your modus operandi for the conception of the environment?  My reflection developed by means of the text and the score, but also through numerous conversations with Pauline. I proposed sketches which corresponded to the project; we exchanged ideas through... Read More

Chants du Capricorne by Pauline Vaillancourt

What is the origin of the production?  In 1993, the Royaumont Foundation in France invited me to work on this score with the soprano Mishiko Hyrayama, the favoured performer of Giacinto Scelsi. She put her trust in me, offering me... Read More

La Grande Nuit 2020

TOTAL VOCAL IMMERSION AT LA GRANDE NUIT By Michel Joanny-Furtin When the Groupe de recherche sur la médiatisation du son (GRMS) takes part in Nuit Blanche, it goes above and beyond, presenting a marvelous musical, vocal and artistic evening, which... Read More

Interview with Pauline Vaillancourt: La princesse blanche

How did you discover this text, La princesse blanche? By reading this wonderful novel by Rainer-Maria Rilke, The White Princess, which is built around the favourite theme of the author: the small death versus the great death. What made you... Read More

Interview with Lorraine Vaillancourt:  Il suffit d’un peu d’air

Tell us about Il suffit d’un peu d’air This was the first collaboration between Chants Libres and le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and it wasn’t the simplest. Claude Ballif’s music, which uses a lot of microtonality, made for a lot of... Read More

Interview with Joseph Saint-Gelais : Il suffit d’un peu d’air

How did you take part in the Chants Libres adventure? Joseph Saint-Gelais : Pauline Vaillancourt, Renald Tremblay and I were friends and all passionate about creation. Pauline and I shared a deep interest in contemporary music. So it was a natural... Read More

Interview with Pauline Vaillancourt: Il suffit d’un peu d’air

What is the genesis of the production Il suffit d’un peu d’air? We wanted our young organization to open with a piece with real scope : 4 performers and a 15-piece orchestra, versus the solo performance we had just presented. Based... Read More

Interview with Pauline Vaillancourt: Ne blâmez jamais les bédouins

Tell us about the first Chants Libres production, Ne blâmez jamais les bédouins In the unabridged text by René-Daniel Dubois (Governor General Award, 1984), 29 characters come together in humorous, tender and beautifully crazy contexts. This unique text takes on... Read More

Ne blâmez jamais les bédouins: Interview with Alain Thibault, composer

Interview with Alain Thibault, composer of the first Chants Libres production Ne blâmez jamais les bédouins What convinced you to be a part of the opera Ne blâmez jamais les bédouins? Alain Thibault: Having generally worked in electronics, I was interested... Read More