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collectif9 aren’t known for putting on a typical chamber music concert. Instead, the nine-piece Montreal- based classical string band borrows some theatrical elements more commonly found at a contemporary pop or rock show — strobe lights, fog machines, an infectious raw energy — and applies it to their live shows.

“The structure of our shows are carefully thought out,” said cellist Andrea Stewart. “We want to allow people to go on a journey through listening to our music.”

Stewart said their unique approach appeals to a wide audience – both the traditional one you might expect at a classical music concert, as well as some people you wouldn’t.

“We’re starting to see younger people in the audience, which is awesome. The goal is to attract new audiences to classical music but also appeal to people who like the same music as us, who like what we’re doing and are interested in seeing it presented in new ways.”

Formed in 2011, the string band has been gathering steam since their debut, playing not just in the typical concert halls one might expect for such a group, but at clubs and outdoor festivals as well. The members — violinists Yubin Kim, Frédéric Moisan, Grégor Monlun, and Roland Arnassalon; violists Scott Chancey and Xavier Lepage-Brault; cellists Stewart and Jérémie Cloutier; and bassist


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“This concert is going to be one to remember! Virtuosos combining their unique talents, passion for classical music with a modern playful twist. Quelle fougue incroyable, quelle dextérité! Une expérience unique à ne pas manquer.”

Thibault Bertin-Maghit — met while students at McGill University and the Université de Montréal.

After releasing a series of live short videos, last year the band’s debut album dropped in February. Volksmobiles features folk-inspired pieces that all have a strong rhythmic profile. From Brahms to Schnittke, Bartok to Gagnon. “For us, we wanted our debut to be a good representation of who we are as a group and the folk inspiration ties it all together. A lot of classical music draws influence from folk beat and groove. .. it’s the music of the people. Which is true of classical music too, it is still the music of the people,” said Stewart.

Also featured on the album is the three-movement work commissioned by the band of Canadian composer Geof Holbrook. Stewart said they

reached out to Holbrook, a long-time friend of the band, to create a piece that was specifically written for nine equal string parts.

- Melinda Cheevers

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