Slow and quiet music
in search of electrical happiness
A co-production of Instruments of Happiness / Le Vivier, with Sinha Danse
February 15, 2020, 8 p.m.
Espace Aline-Letendre – Church of Gesù
1200 de Bleury, Montreal
Tickets: $ 35 ($ 25) / $ 18
Instruments of Happiness is known for its extravagant spatialised works for 100 electric guitars, with performances in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal to sell-out shows. The last spectacular event, Symphony #9 for 150 guitars, drew a crowd of 3,200 to Saint Joseph’s Oratory during the 2019 MNM festival.
The 30th anniversary edition is a spatialised program for the more intimate Instruments of Happiness quartet: the four electric guitarists will be placed around the vast Église du Gesù. The public will be invited to sit or move around and to luxuriate in the massive reverb and beautiful acoustics of this Montreal landmark building.
Director Tim Brady has collaborated with four composers from across Canada to create calm and reflective music specifically tailored for this project: Louise Campbell (Montréal), Rose Bolton (Toronto), Andrew Staniland (St. John’s) and Andrew Noseworthy (London). The performance lasts 56 minutes with no interruption.
Dancers Roger Sinha, Marie-Ève Lafontaine and Citlali Germé-Trevino from Sinha Danse will be reacting in real time to the sonic explorations.
Big news! The quartet won a Prix Opus, Album de l’année – Musiques actuelle, électroacoustique, for “The Happiness Handbook” (January 19, 2020).
In September 1989 Bradyworks produced its first major event: the music/contemporary dance collaboration “Inventions” featuring the Bradyworks ensemble and the Julie West Dance company in performances in Ottawa and Montréal. Thirty years later, artistic director Tim Brady is still pursing his mission of breaking down musical boundaries and redefining the electric guitar.
This 56-minute program will be presented without interruption.
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