Collectif 9
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Collectif 9

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF
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Reinterpreting the classical repertoire with passion and fearlessness, Collectif 9 invites you to share an original musical experience. Founded in 2011 by nine musicians from prominent conservatories and universities around the world, the ensemble is proud to call the lively metropolis of Montreal its home.

Their four violins, two violas, two cellos, and one double bass have already seduced both the conservative and the adventurous with diverse programming and unparalleled drive. The venues for the ensemble performances are not just in contrast with the classical tradition, but integral to the Montreal pop scene, such as Divan Orange, Club Soda, and Casa Obscura.

In close collaboration with sound engineer Rufat Aliev, Collectif 9 easily traverses different styles of music presentation, reaching a diverse, culturally curious audience. Though challenging, the contagious enthusiasm of the performers propels the ensemble forward – building bridges between different musical worlds and captivating new generations.

The close miking and amplification of the instruments provides the listener with a unique experience – an organic classical sound, presented with the power of a rock concert. From Vivaldi to Golijov, passing through Piazzolla and Shostakovich, the repertoire of Collectif 9 is a careful selection of short pieces and energetic folk-inspired songs from all over the world.

In a continuous effort to explore new paths, Collectif 9 has pursued a project to diffuse short, monthly videos, recorded live and available on the web. Called LIVEshort, this promising project has already received its share of positive attention since its launch in October: have a listen at www.collectif9.ca