ABOUT US

THE ENSEMBLE

SIX MINDSCAPES, ONE MISSION

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With roots firmly planted in the major classics that formed the percussion ensemble genre of the 20th Century, today Sixtrum embarks in an unbridled exploration of contemporary percussion. Made up of virtuosic and multi-talented performers, Sixtrum renews its artistic universe through constant confrontation with other art forms and other musical genres. Every collaboration aims to investigate new forms of expression and new modes of presentation that will form new links between music, musicians and audience.

Striving for excellence and the thrill of discovery are key motivators as Sixtrum aims to become a reference in the percussion world of tomorrow. Whether in concert, spectacle, workshop or discussion, when Sixtrum takes the stage, it is to share a passion for creation, experimentation, and percussion. Sixtrum’s music is ideal for the curious listener of any age.

History

2007

Six experienced percussionists join forces to create Sixtrum.  The ensemble performs Pléiades, by Iannis Xenakis for their inaugural concert on the 17th of October.  This performance would be included on the list of 10 best concerts of the year in the Montreal newspaper, Le Devoir.

2008

Sixtrum performs works by John Cage in January, and Exotica by Kagel in September.  In the fall, six French cities host the concert Pléiades in the ensemble’s first European tour.

2009

In March, Sixtrum returns to France as a featured ensemble with the SMCQ.

During the summer, the ensemble creates a show for young audiences, La Grande Tortue, with director Michel G. Barette, in coproduction with Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.  Sixtrum begins touring this show in Montreal in the fall.

A collaboration with I Musici, and an homage to percussionist Pierre Béluse complete the season.

Sixtrum is nominated for a Quebec Music Council Prix Opus in the category “Best Concert of the Year.”

2010

In January Sixtrum collaborates with CIRMMT to present Le Scorpion by Martin Matalon on the surrealist film by Bunuel, L’Age d’or

The ensemble is invited to the festival Printemps des Arts in Monte-Carlo.  In Quebec, Sixtrum is hosted by Festival Elektra and the Orford Arts Centre Festival.

In September, Sixtrum performs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture as part of an exposition on composer Iannis Xenakis.

La Grande Tortue continues its ambitious journey

2011

The year opens with Lights!, a video music show for percussion and electronics.

In collaboration with the SMCQ, O Vertigo dance company, and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Sixtrum participates in the festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques.

In March, the ensemble tours in Montreal Cultural Centres sponsored by the Montreal Arts Council.

The month of April is the time for a unique concert:  Ligeti de père en fils – Ligeti Father and Son.

In the fall, the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) hosts two concerts:  Drumming by Steve Reich and Histoires de gestes, a show where rhythm is presented in movement.

Sixtrum receives the Arrimages award by the Young Chamber of Commerce Montreal and the Montreal Arts Council for the ensemble’s originality and creativity.

La Grande Tortue continues to travel, now in both official languages, also known as How the Great Turtle Rebuilt the World.

2012

Taking advantage of the wonderful winter weather, Sixtrum embarks on the ensemble’s first tour of Western Canada.

After performing Drumming in the outdoor Théâtre de Verdure in July, the ensemble takes the show on a tour of Montreal Cultural Centres, sponsored by the Montreal Arts Council.

In the fall, Sixtrum plays radios for the radio - a CBC live broadcast of John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape No. 4.

Once again, the ensemble is a finalist for a Prix Opus, this time in the category for “Best Contemporary Music Concert” for 2011-12.

La Grande Tortue travels to France.

2013

The tour of Drumming continues, and the show Exotica is performed again in the Festival MNM.

Sixtrum offers a creation-workshop at Timpano Percussion in collaboration with composer Philippe Leroux.  In May the ensemble performs Des Puces et des Drums, a concert preceded with experiments in sound spatialisation in coproduction with CIRMMT at the Schulich School of Music.

The ensemble collaborates with multi-media artist Herman Kolgen in his work Train Fragments for the festival MUTEK.

In August, Sixtrum joins O Vertigo and the SMCQ to perform La Vie qui bat at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.