Petit bestiaire

  • Thursday, April 29, 2004
    8:30 pm
La Sala Rossa
4848, boulevard Saint-Laurent, 3e (près de l’angle Saint-Joseph)
métro Laurier + autobus 51 / métro Saint-Laurent + autobus 55
  • Friday, April 30, 2004
    8:30 pm
La Sala Rossa
4848, boulevard Saint-Laurent, 3e (près de l’angle Saint-Joseph)
métro Laurier + autobus 51 / métro Saint-Laurent + autobus 55
{w/Petit bestiaire/w} by Diane Labrosse; texts by Guy Marchamps

Conceived by Diane Labrosse, {w/Petit bestiaire/w} is a suite of short musical stories. They can take the form of refreshingly candid songs or narrative melodies or even soundscapes evoking specific habitats. An accomplished musician, composer and improviser, Diane Labrosse, as an artist, loves to approach creation from a playful angle. Petit bestiaire draws its inspiration from the meaning of and musicality within words. The texts, inhabited by a subtle sense of humor, are taken from Guy Marchamps’ book Bestiaire.

L’écureuil est une petite bête qui s’interroge constamment, on le sait à sa queue en forme de point d’interrogation.

This is not the first time Diane Labrosse combines texts and music. She did it a first time with Sagesse pratique (1999), a collage-concert of 50 miniature songs with unusual texts inspired by hijacked proverbs. In Animal Tales (2003), a work composed for the Toronto ensemble Array Music, she followed a similar path and, if there were no texts per se, the music was in essence highly narrative. Petit bestiaire draws from the results of both works and performs a successful synthesis: strong texts over melodious and textural music.

Avant chaque repas l’aigle appose sa griffe sur un parchemin de chair et de sang. En somme, l’aigle vit de sa plume.

The instrumentation for this Petit bestiaire should not be overlooked: alongside the usual piano, clarinets and percussion, we find a French horn, a sampler and a theremin. All five musicians are well known on the creative music scenes, not only for their virtuosity but also for their inventiveness and their improvising chops. The texts are either spoken or sung by Diane Labrosse and Frank Martel.

Full of wit and humor, this Petit Bestiaire will conjure up sweet and strange worlds, “right before your ears.”