Exposure 4. (2009-10)
Saxophone Quartet and Live Electronics
Commissioned by the Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Montreal
First Performance: Version 4.1 April 2009 SARC, Version 4.2 31.03.2010 Espace Dell arte Montreal
Other Performances: 01.04.2010 Montreal
The piece explores the space between determinacy and indeterminacy in regards to the use of musical materials between the four instruments. This results in an ambiguous musical environment in which precision in the articulation of pitch and timbre is conflated with derivative events arising from a disjunction in playing techniques.
The quartet is treated both as a whole and as a discontinuous aggregate of four instruments which themselves become dissected by playing techniques which require the performer to revisit the habitual body-instrument relationship.
The piece was commissioned by the Quasar Saxophone Quartet.
First Performance Programme:
Les Mutations dynamiques – Quasar Saxophone Quartet performs Exposure 4, Montreal
André Leroux, Mathieu Leclair, Marie-Chantal Leclair, Jean-Marc Bouchard
Quasar presents :
Les Mutations dynamiques
A digital odyssey in music, light and motion…
March 31 mars, April 1rst 2010– 8 pm –
Espace Dell’Arte : 40, Jean-Talon E, Montreal
” 4 new works for saxophones and live electronics ”
Nicolas Gilbert (Montreal)—La vie quotidienne
Pedro Rebelo (Belfast)— Exposure 4.0
Daniel Peter Biro (Victoria)— Udvarim Achadim
Jesper Nordin (Stockholm)— Aftermath
Lighting : Alexandre Péloquin
QUASAR saxophone quartet
Celebrated for its energy, audacity and exceptional technical ability, Quasar explores different aspects of artistic creation from instrumental music to live electronics, from improvisation to instrumental theatre. It aims to contribute to the development of our musical language and provide a platform for new music experiments, exploration and production. The quartet has played throughout Canada, and has also toured in several European countries. Involved in the area of live electronics since 2002, Quasar has taken part in its constant evolution, notably with events like Électrochocs (Opus prize), Électro Energico (Opus prize), Ondes porteuses and Ondes de chocs. Its 15 creations involving live electronics constitute a significant contribution to this body of work.