collectif9 :: Heroes
Created as part of the 250th Anniversary Celebrations of Beethoven’s birth.
Duration approx.: 45 minutes
We are delighted to present a first glimpse of HEROES, a music and video creation composed by a super duo: Myriam Boucher (with whom we collaborated for My Backyard, Somewhere) and Pierre-Luc Lecours!
Leading up to the show’s premiere in Nantes in January 2020 (more details to come), we will be in creative residency at the Centennial Theatre in Lennoxville – we will present the fruits of our work to the public on January 22nd. Come and join us if you can, it’ll be something to see and hear!
collectif9 presents Heroes , a reflection on our attachment to significant composers of the past – in this instance, Beethoven – and their ability to continue to live through the passage of time, affecting our ears, our musical tastes and programming, and our impressions of what art music is, even today. The glorification of these composers, no w considered heroes, generates several questions. Do we consider the past to be “perfection”? How does this preoccupation with impactful music from 300, 200, 100 years ago affect creation today?
With composers and video artists Pierre-Luc Lecours and Myriam Boucher , collectif9 distorts time in a piece inspired by Beethoven. For this project, Lecours and Boucher dive into the composer’s repertoire to extract movements and harmonic and melodic constructions; these musical ideas are modified, stretched over time, and reworked with a contemporary attention to timbre and sound. Adopting a process approaching sampling, they integrate composition techniques of contemporary electronic music with those of annotated music, thus bringing together different aesthetic cultures and musical eras in dialogue.
The musical work is complemented by video projections comprised of excerpts from nature, manipulated to create a fantastical backdrop. In this way, nature becomes a protagonist in constant communication with the moving musicians and with the music. Interpreted in real time, the visual composition is inspired by the pictorial art of the Romantic period and proposes an aesthetic that is at times expressionist, symbolic, and abstract. The video projection becomes as much an echo of the music as a suggestion (and motor) of its interpretation.
:: About Myriam Boucher
Myriam Boucher is a video and sound artist based in Montreal (Canada). Her sensitive and polymorphic work concerns
the intimate dialogue between music, sound and image, through visual music, audiovisual performance, Vjing and immersive projects. Fascinated by the natural environment, she creates audiovisual compositions from the landscape and the relationship that humans maintain with it.
:: About Pierre-Luc Lecours
Pierre-Luc Lecours is a composer and
multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal (Canada). His practice covers many different mediums and aesthetics, ranging from music to video and performance. His work is characterized by a search for expressiveness in projects exploring themes related to nature, social phenomena and politics. He draws influences as much from the currents of instrumental and electroacoustic contemporary music as from electronic and experimental music.
:: About collectif9
Montreal’s classical string band collectif9 has been attracting varied audiences since their 2011 debut. Known for energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, the group performs “with an infectious energy and vigor that grabs an audience’s attention” (The WholeNote). collectif9 has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia. The ensemble believes that a change of context can influence communication and experience.
Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band collectif9 has been gathering steam since its 2011 debut. Known for energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, collectif9 heralds a new age in genre-bending classical performance.