Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
15 au 18 mai 2014
Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

25th Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
2008 Edition (May 15 — 19, 2008)

Archives

All photos by Martin Morissette.

On the web…

Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms + 7

Quebec

“On a eu droit à toute la palette de ce très doué compositeur, déployée sur deux fresques de musique actuelle… de chambre.”

La Presse, Saturday, May 17, 2008, Alain Brunet

John Zorn
«The Dreamers»

USA

Canadian Premiere

“The Dreamers est un projet très mélodique qui recoupe différents styles musicaux, servis par sept musiciens de haut calibre”

Ici, Thursday, May 15, 2008, Serge Paradis

On the web…

The Friendly Rich Show

Canada

“Rien ne peut vraiment vous préparer à ce spectacle, inspiré à la fois du cirque, de Pee Wee Herman et du burlesque américain!”

Programme du FIMAV 2008, Saturday, May 17, 2008, François Couture

Tim Brady
Martin Messier
Bradyworks
«Switch»

Quebec

World Premiere

“As a composer, Brady fits in alongside contemporaries including Evan Ziporyn, David Lang and Martin Bresnick”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

On the web…

Glen Hall
«Ear / Cam»

Canada

Quebec Premiere

“Hall s’y trouve superbement entouré des artistes les plus audacieux que Toronto ait à offrir.”

Programme du FIMAV 2008, Saturday, May 17, 2008, François Couture

“Ear/Cam» de Glen Hall: l’une des belles surprises du festival!”

ImproJazz, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Réjean Bocage

On the web…

Fred Frith
«Cosa Brava»

England, USA

Canadian Premiere

“The only downside about Cosa Brava’s show was that there was no CD to buy afterwards.”

All about Jazz, Friday, May 16, 2008, John Kelman

“What I dug about this set was how inventive it was while still keeping the essence of memorable pop music mind.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

On the web…

John Zorn
«Moonchild»

USA

Canadian Premiere

“Zorn est un génie prolifique, mais il faut l’apprivoiser.”

Le Devoir, Friday, May 16, 2008, Laurence Martin

“Le gourou de la musique actuelle est indéniablement l’homme des extrêmes!”

La Nouvelle, Saturday, May 17, 2008, Kateline Grondin

“Mike Patton a fait ce soir-là des acrobaties vocales qui défient les lois de la physique”

ImproJazz, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Réjean Bocage

On the web…

The Peeesseye

USA

Canadian Premiere

“L’emmerde, la routine, The Peeeseye ne connait pas.”

Programme du FIMAV 2008, Saturday, May 17, 2008, François Couture

“Le trio nous a servi une musique puissante et bien abstraite, colorée d’envolées vocales que l’on aurait cru sorties de la bouche d’un Genesis P-Orridge”

ImproJazz, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Réjean Bocage

Viviane Houle
Stefan Smulovitz
Noam Gagnon
Jamie Griffiths
«Gesture4»

Canada

Quebec Premiere

“Deftly and seamlessly integrating visual arts, dance and music, Houle, Smulovitz, Gagnon and Griffiths delivered a performance that set the tone for what was to come during the rest of the day’s events.”

All about Jazz, Saturday, May 17, 2008, John Kelman

The Nihilist Spasm Band + Sun Plexus 2

Canada, France

North American Premiere

“A rare performance by London, Ontario’s improve group Nihilist Spasm Band.”

Mirror, Thursday, May 8, 2008, Johnson Cummins

“Their MC and spoken word vocalist, Bill Exley, is often hilarious in things that he says.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

Franziska Baumann
Matthias Ziegler

Switzerland

North American Premiere

“Baumann possesses a voice with a remarkable range, and an ability to acoustically stretch its potential through multiple extended techniques, and that would have been enough to make the show a must-see.”

All about Jazz, Saturday, May 17, 2008, John Kelman

Spunk

Norway

North American Premiere

“La cohésion était si remarquable, pour ces improvisatrices, qu’on ne pouvait que se laisser bercer par les sentiments inspirés par cette suite musicale étrange, intuitive et audacieuse.”

La Nouvelle, Sunday, May 18, 2008, Kateline Grondin

“Norway’s all-female Spunk breaks the gender barrier when it comes to free improv with their combination of boldness and sensitivity and non-competitive spirit.”

The Gazette, Monday, May 19, 2008, Irwin Block

“Un des très beaux concerts du festival, dans lequel les idées musicales sont développées en interaction constante…. Jamais ennuyant, toujours étonnant.”

ImproJazz, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Réjean Bocage

“The music progressed with an overall sense ok arc, from spattered activity at the start, through freely pulsing waves, to glitched and looping quavering sheets, ending with a hushed resolution.”

Cadence, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Michael Rosenstein

On the web…

KTL

USA, Austria

North American Premiere

“The sound grew more ominous and oppressive as it slowly evolved and bore down on us like a vat of molten molasses.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

On the web…

OM

USA

Quebec Premiere

“Sleep’s Al Cisneros wakes up to music again with his mind-melting new duo.”

Mirror, Thursday, May 15, 2008, Johnson Cummins

“Le mélange basse-batterie donne dans un rock lourd et hypnotique.”

Ici, Thursday, May 15, 2008, Serge Paradis

On the web…

Nadja

Canada

“Nadja propose un rock original qui découle d’une vision artistique solide et assurée.”

Programme du FIMAV 2008, Saturday, May 17, 2008, François Couture

On the web…

Joe Morris
Simon H Fell
Alex Ward

USA, England

World Premiere

“The trio sounded like an ongoing three-way conversation in which there was a stream ideas that flowed back and forth between each member.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

“From the first moments, though, it was clear that this was a perfect match!”

Cadence, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Michael Rosenstein

Nick Didkovsky
«Ice Cream Time»

USA, Switzerland

North American Premiere

“Très différent de la musique de Doctor Nerve, ce projet en rappelle pourtant la fougue, le mordant et la folie créatrice.”

Programme du FIMAV 2008, Saturday, May 17, 2008, François Couture

Gunda Gottschalk
Xu Fengxia

Germany, China

North American Premiere

“À leurs jeux mélodieux, bruitistes ou percussifs, s’ajoutaient des dialogues de chant ou de voix exquis.”

Le Soleil, Saturday, May 17, 2008, Nicolas Houle

“The connection between the two was palpable, and as the music became more rigorous it also became more profound, with Fengxia smiling at Gottschalk as moments of particularly deep simpatico occurred.”

All About Jazz, Sunday, May 18, 2008, John Kelman

“By the end of the set the audience was exhilarated and many were astonished by the level of intensity that these two women provided.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

“Their playing alluded to folk themes and sonorities pushed into a conversational give-and-take”

Cadence, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Michael Rosenstein

Joe McPhee
Raymond Boni
Daunik Lazro
Claude Tchamitchian

USA, France

North American Premiere

“What always amazes me is the way Joe McPhee has continued to find kindred spirits (gifted improvisers) from around the world and unite them to make a special/spiritual music that is without borders.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

Roscoe Mitchell & The Note Factory

USA

Canadian Premiere

“Sans tomber dans l’exubérance, il a su garder une grande sensibilité et musicalité, tout en expérimentant avec les différentes écoles de musique savante. Accompagné d’un double quatuor, il est véritablement un incontournable du jazz d’avant-garde.”

Ici, Thursday, May 15, 2008, Serge Paradis

“Avec The Note Factory, un double trio piano-contrebasse-batterie complété d’un côté par les sax et la flûte du leader, de l’autre par les trompettes de Corey Wilkes, le vieux manitou a offert un concert dense et exigeant.”

Le Soleil, Sunday, May 18, 2008, Nicolas Houle

“The music ranged from dark and spacious to chaotic and intense; but no matter where it went, there was always an underlying sense of purpose.”

All About Jazz, Sunday, May 18, 2008, John Kelman

“The entire group gradually built density, moving into a buffeting maelstrom propelled by Mitchell’s insistently cyclical circularly breathed soprano.”

Cadence, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Michael Rosenstein

On the web…

Michel F Côté
«(Juste) Claudette»

Quebec

“Indeed, Claudette (for the intimates) is all about groove.”

PanPot, Tuesday, June 3, 2008, Mathieu Bélanger

René Lussier
Martin Tétreault
Otomo Yoshihide

Quebec, Japan

World Premiere

“Les trois compères ont donné forme à des bruitistes inspirées.”

Le Soleil, Saturday, May 17, 2008, Nicolas Houle

“This was a most magical set that will hopefully be released in the future.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

“Il y a là du bruitisme, bien sûr, et beaucoup, mais servi sur un nuage. Ce n’est plus la fin du monde, mais plutôt quelque chose comme le big bang, avec tout ce que ça peut suggérer côté développement.”

ImproJazz, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Réjean Bocage

On the web…

Elliott Sharp Solo

USA

Canadian Premiere

“L’alchimiste des sons”

Le Soleil, Saturday, May 17, 2008, Nicolas Houle

“Nobody plays the guitar quite like Mr. Sharp!”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter

“The overarching form took the performance beyond a mere guitar-wonk recital of technical mastery.”

Cadence, Tuesday, July 1, 2008, Michael Rosenstein

Art Bears Songbook

England, USA

World Premiere

“Une belle finale signée Art Bears!”

Le Soleil, Tuesday, May 20, 2008, Nicolas Houle

“The collective energy and, for material that in many instances was extraordinarily bleak, unmistakable enjoyment had by all that made this closing performance of FIMAV 2008 not just a highlight, but the highlight of the festival.”

All About Jazz, Tuesday, May 20, 2008, John Kelman

“What this concert did for me is that is showed that art/rock or progressive music is not dead and has never really gone away.”

Downtown Music Gallery, Sunday, June 1, 2008, Bruce Lee Gallenter