Pusar: Montreal Planetarium Serie

Subject: Pusar: Montreal Planetarium Serie
From: Robert Normandeau (robert.normandeau@umontreal.ca)
Date: Tue Nov 30 2004 - 12:30:04 EST

PULSAR, a new concert series from RÉSEAUX, at the Montreal PLANETARIUM
RÉSEAUX and empreintes DIGITALes present PUZZLES

A first for empreintes DIGITALes:
The presentation and launch of Robert Normandeau's first Surround DVD
Monday, December 6 2004, 8 p.m.

Robert Normandeau is releasing his fifth solo disc, Puzzles, which will
come out in DVD audio surround format-a first for empreintes DIGITALes.
For Réseaux, which produced the RIEN À VOIR concert series, this will
mark the launch of a new series, PULSAR, at the Montreal Planetarium.
For music lovers, this will be an opportunity to see and hear Puzzles
at the Montréal Planetarium on December 6 at 8 p.m.

Robert Normandeau's new disc features concert works created from the
stage music for five plays directed by Brigitte Haentjens. These
productions, which were staged between 2001 and 2003, are
Hamlet-Machine (Heiner Müller, Union Française, 2001), Mademoiselle
Julie (August Strindberg, Espace GO, 2001), Antigone (Sophocles,
Trident, 2002), L'Éden cinéma (Marguerite Duras, MACM, 2003) and Les
farces conjugales (Georges Feydeau, Rideau-Vert, 2003).

As each of these plays has given birth to concert versions, we now have
the opportunity to hear Hamlet-Machine with Actors (2003), StrinGDberg
(2001), Chorus (2002), Éden (2003) and Puzzles (2003) on disc. All of
these works were commissioned by producers from either here or abroad;
some of them have never before been performed in concert in Montreal.
Hamlet-Machine with Actors was commissioned by Vancouver New Music in
2003 and has never been heard live in Montreal. StrinGDberg, the final
version of which has never been performed in Montreal, was commissioned
by the Groupe de recherches musicales de Paris (2001). Chorus was
commissioned by Réseaux (2002) and has been heard both here and
elsewhere a number of times. Éden was a commission from the Groupe de
musique expérimentale de Marseille (2003) that has never been heard
live in Montreal. Finally, Puzzles was commissioned by Victoria's Open
Space Gallery (2003); it has never been performed in Montreal before

This fifth solo disc will be produced in 5.1 format, which will provide
listeners with a full appreciation of the multiphonic sound
spatialization of the concert versions. These will be presented in
16-track format at the Montreal Planetarium. The composer had to remix
all of the pieces in order to ensure compatibility with the 5.1 format
used by home theatre systems, and this will open up a spectacular new
aspect to this music. The package will also include a stereo version.

Information: (514) 527-4735 - www.rien.qc.ca
Tickets for the concert: Adults $10, Students $5
Launch special: DVD-A + concert: Adults $20, Students $15

Natalie Bibeau (514) 803-1471 nata@nataprod.com
Anne-Marie Talbot (514) 524-1471 anne@nataprod.com

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