In This Season

2 - 27 Oct

Latitude45 Arts

Latitude45 Arts Promotion, a Montreal-based arts management organisation, is delighted to share with the members of AAPPAC the news of several of our artists’ tours in the Asia-Pacific region in the coming months.

collectif9 april show

Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band collectif9 will embark on their second tour in Asia with multiple shows in China and South Korea from 4 to 27 Oct. Since their 2011 debut, collectif9 has been on a roll, with shows across North America, Europe and Asia. Known for energised, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, the 9-piece ensemble employs lights, staging and amplification more commonly found at rock shows for a unique classical music experience.

The musicians of collectif9 are high-caliber classical virtuosi who wanted to create something different, yet complementary to the traditional representations of classical music. In their search to find new ways of connecting with audiences and communities, they were inspired by the energy and spirit of pop and rock concerts. Breaking the stigma of unapproachability in the classical world, collectif9 has designed an entirely new type of experience, combining all of the virtuosity of a traditional evening of classical music with the fun and festivity of a typical rock show.

collectif9

The upcoming tour will kick off in Nanjing on 2 Oct, and after a 5-day visit to South Korea, collectif9 will wrap up their tour on 25 Oct in Shanghai at the Shanghai City Theatre. Repertoire will include familiar classical hits ranging from Brahms to Bartók to Mahler, but in collectif9’s signature arrangements written by bassist Thibault Bertin-Maghit. At a recent Montreal show, the group played almost the entire first symphony of Mahler, interwoven into the programme’s other works, both classical and contemporary. The arrangements retain the grandeur and power of the originals, but with the added crispness and intimacy of a chamber ensemble, topped off with a smart, fun rock vibe.

Paul Merkelo

Another Latitude 45 artist, trumpetist Paul Merkelo, will be going to Australia in November for several performances at the Huntington Estate Music Festival in Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia.

Renowned as one of the finest trumpet soloists of his generation, Paul Merkelo has been principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) since 1995. He has been frequently featured as a soloist with the MSO, including in tours to South America and at the Lincoln Center in New York city. His most recent CD, French Trumpet Concertos, featuring Kent Nagano and the MSO, was a nominee for the 2016 JUNO award Classical Album of the Year.

Paul Merkelo has a long history with the Asia-Pacific region. In 1999, he was appointed Canadian musical ambassador to China for the inauguration of the Montreal Park in Shanghai, and as soloist with the Shanghai Broadcast Orchestra in a national telecast.

In his upcoming Australia appearance, Paul Merkelo will be performing solo and chamber works in a series of five concerts at the 28th edition of the Huntington Estate Music Festival. Repertoire ranges from Saint-Saëns’ septet to solo pieces by Otto Ketting and Folke Rabe, to a new composition by Sydney-based composer Gabriella Vici.

Visit Latitude45 Arts’ website here for full programme details.