Music in Alternative Spaces #2: Clemens Merkel

21 January 2006 12am - 12am

Please join us:

Saturday, January 21, 2006, 9PM, at Mercer Union


For the second in our series of 10 Music In Alternative Spaces concerts, Montréal based violinist Clemens Merkel (Quatour Bozzini, Kore, Wandelweiser) will give a rare performance of l’hiver monastique – 70 consolations harmoniques pour violon, a 70-minute work for solo violin, written by the internationally recognised Canadian composer Michael Oesterle. The composition consists of numerical permutations of melodic patterns that are combined with rhythmic patterns to form irrationally shifting harmonic fields. The number of permutations is “almost endless” and a sense of endlessness is hopefully radiated by the number presented in the piece in its current form.

Montréal based violinist Clemens Merkel integrates a wide variety of different styles into his repertoire and has performed numerous concerts and at festivals throughout Germany, Europe and North America. He is a member of the Bozzini Quartet (Montréal) as well as of Ensemble Kore (Montréal), the Thürmchen Ensemble (Köln) and Ensemble Sur Plus (Freiburg).

This is the second of a ten-part music series that is supported by the Canada Council for the Art’s Music in Alternative Spaces programme.

Upcoming Music Series

February 18, #3: Doug Tielli

March 18, #4 and #5: Josh Thorpe and John Sherlock

May 27, #6: Colin Clarke

June 17, #7 and #8: Tim Hecker and GLN (Maura Doyle and Tony Romano)

July 15, #9: The Lollipop People

September 16, #10: Isabelle Noel

Please note that scheduled dates may change.

Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art

37 Lisgar Street, Toronto ON M6J 3T3 CANADA

(west of Dovercourt, south of Queen)

416 536 1519