On Monday September 30, 2002, the 4th Orgue et couleurs festival invites you to a “connected” evening where traditional instruments and current technology meet for our greater pleasure. Robert Normandeau will present Chorus, recently awarded at the 2002 Freiburg International Sacred Music Composition competition; Gilles Gobeil will reveal to the Québec public his new creation, La perle et l’oubli for tape and ondes Martenot (performed by Suzanne Binet-Audet); also, the organ and piano duet Majoya. In Montréal’s Saint-Nom-de-Jésus church at 8pm.
The jury of the Métamorphoses 2002 competition (Francis Dhomont, Beatriz Ferreyra, Annette Vande Gorne, Hans Tutschku) met in the Métamorphoses d’Orphée studios, in Ohain (Belgium), in order to determine the finalists and the participants for the public finale to be held at the L’Espace du son festival in Brussels, on October 2, 2002. Amongst the finalists are composers Gilles Gobeil, Monique Jean and Robert Normandeau.
A free interpretation of a gnostic text from the 2nd century entitled Anthem of the Pearl, La perle et l’oubli (“Pearl and Lapse of Memory”) is a work by Gilles Gobeil for ondes Martenot and tape which will be presented by Vancouver New Music Society on September 14, 2002. Premiered in Köln (Germany) at a concert produced by the WDR3 at the Stadtgarten on January 7, 2002, the piece features the ondist Suzanne Binet-Audet.
Arturo Parra is a Colombian composer and guitar player living in Québec for the past ten years. With his new release Parr(A)cousmatique, we are treated with a splendid bouquet of works for guitar and tape. Five acousmatic works, five passionate meetings with the acoustic guitar, played without acessories or special preparation. With musical propositions from Bejarano, Dhomont, Gobeil, Normandeau and Roy, Parra builds organic sonic weddings far away from the usual clichés of contemporary guitar.
The annual SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) national conference will be held in Iowa City (USA), April 4 - 6, 2002. Denis Smalley is the guest composer and will present his composition Base Metals, available on the album Sources / scènes. He will also participate in various panel discusions. One of the research presentations take one of Gilles Gobeil’s composition as subject; Joseph Harchanko’s paper, “Using Spectro-morpholgy to Explain Structuring Process in Gilles Gobeil’s ‘Le vertige inconnu’.” This piece is released on Gobeil’s first CD, La mécanique des ruptures.
“… one of the most talented and sensitive jugglers of sounds we’ve heard” (Sonoloco Record Reviews, Sweden). Since its release, Gilles Gobeil’s new disc, … dans le silence de la nuit…, attracts a lot of praises and attention. Dark and fascinating, his sonic universe routs bias and produces extraordinary sonic depth. Inspired by both readings (Proust, HG Wells, Verne) and travels (Venice), Gobeil’s compositions leaves the listener breathless with its moving images and secret atmospheres. 50 minutes expressly remastered for this edition, illustrated by Luc Beauchemin.