Duo Beija-Flor

Duo Beija-Flor

 Montréal, Quebec, CAN

Beija-Flor, which means hummingbird in portuguese, is a duo as energetic and agile as the bird from which they pull their name. Reflecting the multicultural diversity of North America, they bring together tango, bossa nova, gypsy music, Indian ragas as well contemporary music from North America.


Marie-Noëlle Choquette has played flute since her childhood, studing recorder and baroque music for ten years and continuing her education in classical flute at the Montreal Music Academy. In 2004 she completed her Bachelor degree in classical flute performance at University of Montreal under the supervision of Francine Voyer. During this time she performed and participated in a many master classes and private lessons with many well known flutists (Claire Guimont, Denis Bluteau, Lise Daoust, Guy Vanasse). In 2007 she completed a Graduate Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies specialized in contemporary music under the guidance of Guy Pelletier at Concordia University. In 2009 she participated in a contemporary music workshop at the University of Graz in Austria under the supervision of Eva Furrer. Always looking to expand her knowledge, she also studied jazz with François Richard and has learned by experience improvisation in world and contemporary music. Marie-Noëlle is also regularly working with dancers, contemporary and pop musicians and videographers.

After studying electric guitar and percussion during high school, Charles Hobson chose to specialize in classical guitar at Indiana University. While there he had the great opportunity to study under the supervision of Ramsué Lopez, Daniel Bolshoy, Maestro Ernesto Bitetti and Italian guitarist/composer, Nuccio D’Angelo. Finishing with a Bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance he was invited to continue his studies by Daniel Bolshoy at Concordia University, where he completed in 2008 a Graduate diploma in advance performance studies in classical guitar. During this period, he participated to different Master classes with : Fabio Zanon, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli, Jérôme Ducharme, etc...). In may 2008, he won the first prize in the categories of soloist and chamber music at the regional music competition of the QMEA. In August 2008, he was invited to the Canadian national music festival in Edmonton where he finished with the second prize as a soloist.

Set List

concert music:

Pé de Moleque
Queibra queixo

Jamilla’s Dance
Sarajevo Nights
Song for Marcus
- A. Imamovic

Romanian Folk Dances
-B. Bartok

L’Aube Enchantée
-R. Shankar

Dances in the Madhouse
El Coco
-D. Leisner

Histoire du Tango
-A. Piazzolla

-J. Ibert

El jardin del pasaje purpura
H. Vasquez

ambiance music list
(list not complete):

Afternoon in Paris
All of me
All the things you are
Alright, okay, you win
Autumn leaves
For Sentimental Reasons
Gypsy in my soul
I can’t get started with you
In a Sentimental Mood
Lullaby of Birdland
My favorite things
My funny valentine
Night train
Road Song
Round Midnight
Satin doll
Straight no chaser
Take five
Agua de beber
Chega de saudade
How insensitive
Manha de Carnaval
Blue bossa
One note Samba