The 9th Opus prizes winners were announced yesterday, January 22, 2006, in Montréal. The “Concert of the Year – actuelle and electroacoustic musics” category goes to the Theresa Transistor quartet (Christian Bouchard, Christian Calon, Mario Gauthier, Monique Jean) while the “Disc of the Year — Musique actuelle, Electroacoustics” is Trilogie d’ondes by Gilles Gobeil.
Theresa Transistor, a quartet of improvised electroacoustics, will play live at La Sala Rossa (Montréal) on January 24, 2006. Winner of the Opus Prize for “Concert of the Year — actuelle and electroacoustic musics”, Theresa Transistor features Christian Bouchard, Christian Calon, Monique Jean, and Mario Gauthier.
Many electrocd.com artists are nominated for the 9th Opus prizes, awarded since 1996 by the Conseil québécois de la musique. The concert Pulsar *1, unveiling the musics from Puzzles by Robert Normandeau, is nominated for “Concert of the Year – Musique actuelle, Electroacoustics”, as well as the Theresa Transistor quartet (Christian Bouchard, Christian Calon, Mario Gauthier, Monique Jean), presented during the Akousma concert series. Estrapade by morceaux_de_machines, Trilogie d’ondes by Gilles Gobeil, and Puzzles by Robert Normandeau are nominated for “Disc of the Year — Musique actuelle, Electroacoustics”. Finally, Frank Zappa: 10 ans après (Frank Zappa: Ten Years After) directed by Réjean Beaucage, is nominated for “Book of the Year”. Winners will be announced on January 22, 2006.
Musiques & Recherches presents Patchwork au féminin (A Feminine Patchwork), a concert of acousmatique music dedicated to works composed by women, on November 11, 2005 in Brussels. Natasha Barrett, Marcelle Deschênes, Beatriz Ferreyra, Monique Jean, Elainie Lillios, Roxanne Turcotte and Annette Vande Gorne are amongst the selected composers.
Composer Monique Jean presents her installation, entitled Point d’attaches ou les infidélités rotatives, at Montréal’s Oboro gallery from January 8 to February 5, 2005. This sound installation comprises a large vertical plane hanging from the ceiling, on which 80 speaker cones from the 1950s and the 1960s are attached.
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.