Louis Dufort is finishing the opera L’archange, on a libretto by Alexis Nouss, with visual work by Alain Pelletier, and staged by Pauline Vaillancourt. The opera is produced by Chants libres and will be presented at Sation C (Montréal) on April 28, 29, 30 as well as on May 5, 6, 7, 2005. It will also be presented during the Elektra festival on May 12, 13, 14, 2005. With Jean Maheux, Fides Krucker, Émilie Laforest, and Frédéricka Petit-Homme.
The ZKM — Institut für Musik und Akustik in Karlsruhe (Germany) presented the “trans_canada: Tendenzen in Akusmatik und Soundscapes / Trends in Acousmatics and Soundscapes” event on February 10 — 13, 2005. Four days of concerts and discussions organized by Sabine Breitsameter and Ludger Brümmer with 9 ZKM commissions and world premières by Canadian composers Francis Dhomont, Darren Copeland, Nicolas Bernier, Hildegard Westerkamp, Barry Truax, Louis Dufort, Robert Normandeau, and Gilles Gobeil along with conferences by Jean-François Denis, Christoph von Blumröder (Köln), Rudolf Frisius (Karlsruhe), and Daniel Teruggi (Paris).
This fall, the audio works of Louis Dufort and Nancy Tobin will be featured in two choreographies presented at Agora de la danse (Montréal). Louis Dufort composed the music for Dans le silence des bambous (In the silence of the bamboos) by choreographer Jocelyne Montpetit, presented from October 27 to 30, 2004. As for Nancy Tobin, she created the sound design for Duos pour corps et instruments (Duos for bodies and instruments) by choreographer Danièle Desnoyers, on stage from November 16 to 20, 2004.
For the “Monde parallèle Montréal 45°N//” event, organized by Lille — Cultural Capital of Europe, label empreintes DIGITALes presented a portrait of Montréal’s electroacoustic creation since 1971 through 24 works by 21 Montréal composers: Serge Arcuri, Yves Beaupré, Christian Bouchard, Ned Bouhalassa, Christian Calon, Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux, Yves Daoust, Francis Dhomont, Paul Dolden, Louis Dufort, Gilles Gobeil, Monique Jean, René Lussier, Robert Normandeau, Arturo Parra, Mario Rodrigue, Stéphane Roy, Alain Thibault, Jacques Tremblay, Marc Tremblay, Roxanne Turcotte. Electroacoustic label empreintes DIGITALes, new media and electronic art festivals Elektra and Mutek with the collaboration of the Society for arts and technology (SAT) all teamed up to present the best of Montréal’s electronic music and video.
Chants libres presents “Opér’Actuel — Works in progress 2004” on April 4, 2004 in Montréal. Six works are on the programme including “Cantate du lit” by young composer Gabriel Dharmoo, and L’archange by Louis Dufort and Alexis Nouss (with soprano Véronique Dubois and Émilie Laforest).