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PassionBurlesqueetViva Diverse Productionsprésente: SultryCabaret2! –
en son genre.
One show only – 9pm Saturday May 30th 2015 @ Cafe Cleopatra,
1230 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal,
H2X 1K4, Saint-Laurent metro.
Un spectacleseulement– 21h00 Samedi30 Mai 2015@CaféCléopâtre,
1230, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal,
H2X1K4, métro Saint-Laurent.
The show was hosted by Montreal drag king ‘Nat King Pole’ who
delivered her introductions with brash comedic irreverence including plenty of
double entendres, in both French and English. Performances, by some of the most irresistible
burlesque stars in Montreal, included Lolita Blanca, Mikki Michele (from
Australia), Black Mamba, Devine Medusa,
Coré Dorofté and Ruby Rhapsody. Lolita sang a stirring rendition of James
Brown’s “”, strengthening my conviction that this song has a more powerful
effect when sung by a woman. The stand out performance of the evening (taking
nothing away from the others) was Ruby’s who clearly showed her ten years of
ballroom dance experience. With her impeccable timing and her overwhelmingly
breathtaking presence, she definitely commanded the whole stage. With her
costume she created an aura of mystery; a climactic end to a thoroughly
exciting and enjoyable evening.
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sens, à la fois enFrançais et en
Anglais. Les performances, par
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danse de salon. Avec sontiming
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The music was handled by DJ Frank (Francis). He set the mood before with an enticing mix of
jive, swing blues, disco and house which he continued during the break and
afterwards as well. Many in the audience were enticed to dance; one couple
actually did so.
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parDJFrank(Francis). Il a misl'ambiance
avantavec un mélangealléchant
dejive, le swing de blues,
une discothèque et maison qu'ila
continuépendant la pauseet
aprèsaussi.Beaucoupdans le publicont été attirésà la danse; un couple l’a effectivement fait
Friday,May 22 at19h30at the / Vendredi,
22 Mai à 19 h 30 à la:
Chapelle Historiquedu Bon-Pasteur
review by Nancy Snipper follows / Commentaire completpar NancySnippersuit
Julie-Anne Derome : violin / violon
Gabriel Prynn: cello / violoncelliste
Wonny Song: piano /
The Trio Fibonacci’s16th season (2014-2015)ends with acelebration of today’s Canadianmusic – four composers each with a unique vision originating
from a different region.
La 16e saison (2014-2015)
du Trio Fibonacci se termine avec une célébration de la musique Canadienne
d’aujourd’hui – quatre compositeurschacune avecune vision uniqueprovenant d'unerégion différente.
Jeffrey Ryan (Vancouver; born in / né en 1962) – Elemental
for / pour trio (2014)
A four-part cycle evoking the basic elements – Earth, Water,
Air and Fire – of life.
Uncycle de quatrepartiesévoquant leséléments
de base –terre, eau,air et le
feu–de la vie.
Uriel Vanchestein (Montreal / Montréal; born 1984 / né en 1984) – Trio (2015) - Creation / Création
Centered on a single motif of
four notes appearing throughout the piece composed in sonata form – experimental
Centré surun seulmotifde quatre notesqui
apparaissenttout au long dela
piècecomposée enforme sonate-expérimentale etcérébrale.
Intermission / Entracte
(Montreal / Montréal; born in / né en 1955) - On the Wake of the Wind
for violin, cello andcomputer / pour violon, violoncelle et
Poetic and musical interpretation of the unpredictable
nature of the wind.
poétiqueetmusical dela nature
François-Hugues Leclair (Montreal / Montréal; born in / né en 1962) - Hymnen
an die Nacht (Hymnes à la Nuit) for / pour trio (2014) - Creation /
A slow progression into night as the final moments of the
light of day disappears. The most evocative and melodious piece of the evening –
final movement had a lulling beauty that evoked the tranquility of night.
Unelente progressiondans la nuitque lesderniers
moments dela lumière du jourdisparaît.
La pièce la plusévocatrice etmélodieusede la soirée–le mouvementfinal a
unebeautéberçantqui évoquela tranquillitéde la nuit.
It was an evening of unabashed
contemporary-style compositions by four daring creators, two of which were
commissioned by Trio Fibonacci. This evening’s works fell into two lines of
thought regarding contemporary music; it can either be conceptual in image
input or completely cerebral in form. The first piece – Elemental was written in 2014 by Jeffrey Ryan. Its four sections – Earth,
Water, Air and Fire offered astounding burst of crescendos and dramatic
contrasts in use of the instrumental application and expression. To my mind,
this fell into the image category. Piano strings were played inside the piano
itself; I was hearing and seeing the naissance of the Big Bang, and as it
exploded, and then the aftermath -what ensued: the creation of the four vital
elements. I loved the rain-drop type lightness of water and its subsequent
flow. The music evoked eruptive moments in our planet which from the beginning
introduced the sostenuto of the violin and cello on a single note. This piece
for me was conceptual in composition, and image visualizations were born via
the music we heard.
The second work by Uriel Vanchestein was
commissioned by the Trio and premiered in this concert. Cerebral in approach,
the composer told me he had no feeling – no sentiment behind the piece. It was really an
intricate play of notes in the sonata – rondo form of four basic notes: F, E,
D# and C# used in a motif in three parts. The piece was called Création, and
compared to the first piece, it was not nearly as interesting for me, despite
the grand variety of instrumental application. It would be a marvellous piece
put to a ballet of some sort as Stravinsky did in The Rite of Spring.
The third work performed was titled On the wake of the wind for violin, and
the composer David Eagle definitely succeeded in conjuring up images of the
wind on water and the transformative mutations of turbulence. Inspired by the
poem written by Daniel David Moses. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that the
computer was subtly used to create an echoing sound at the beginning or the
tail end of phrases. It was as if the wind was dying out and new gusts came
into the air. The electronic aspect of this work was masterfully planned, and
the effect was wonderful.
Finally, my favourite work of three
continuous parts was composed by the genius, François-Hugues Leclair. Titled, Hymnen an de Nacht (Hymn at Night), this
astounding work – commissioned by Trio Fibonacci – was positively
inspirational. I could feel night coming on, and then I was led into its
mysterious qualities of its magical darkness. The piece opened with the strings
inside the piano being brushed. Here the bows of the artists were set down to
create the dying down of light as night begins to ascend. The
piano was muted several times so the inside strings when ‘brushed” would create
their own tonal lines. It was so ethereal.Ever-so
quiet slides up and down the string instruments then came into play as the
artists returned to their instruments; good thing violinist, Julie-Anne Derome
had taken off her high-heel shoes to avoid any sound as she returned to her
Nighttime held me in its grip. The
ending part of the piece which offered moving harmony in ascension was
Trio Fibionacci pulled off a
remarkable feat playing this highly interesting and challenging program. Their
timing and virtuoso attack perfectly conveyed the excitement and ever-changing
contrasts that marked each work. This composition fittingly marked the finality
to the Trio’s programming season
Trio Fibonacci’s 2015-2016 season
will take place on October 13th inside Bourgie Hall, Montreal. The program
will feature the music of Robert and Clara Schuman, and that of Johannes
Brahms. I can hardly wait!