Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2011 → Atlas

“On a winter night, when all is motionless and you gaze at the constellations…” Thirty musicians from every corner of Montréal’s contemporary music scene join forces for a unique performance of John Cage’s famous Atlas Eclipticalis, premiered in Montréal by the composer 50 years ago.




The piece had been commissioned by Québécois composer Pierre Mercure. Written by the American giant for 1 to 86 instruments, it is a literal transcription of the night sky’s constellations: a magnificently organized chaos giving birth to meditative ever-changing music.

30 musicians from 10 new music ensembles, all members of Le Vivier: Quatuor Bozzini, Bradyworks, Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, In Extensio, Quatuor Molinari, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Productions SuperMusique, Quasar — quatuor de saxophones, Sixtrum — ensemble à percussion, Transmission and independant musicians.

Artistic direction: Walter Boudreau (SMCQ), Marie-Chantal Leclair (Quasar), Fabrice Marandola (Sixtrum), Clemens Merkel (Quatuor Bozzini), Danielle Palardy Roger (SuperMusique).