On February 19th, collectif9 (pronounced co-lec-teef neuf) launched their debut album, Volksmobiles. And they will bring their Volksmobiles show tour to our stage on March 10, 2016!
Collectif9 is a nine piece string ensemble – 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, and a bass. After meeting to play a piece for two string quartets and a bass, the idea of forming a chamber ensemble developed. Collectif9 was officially founded in 2011.
Infusing a rock-style attitude into their work, the ensemble brings classical music to a younger pop audience. They generally perform single movements of classical pieces with arrangements often done by Thibault Bertin-Maghit, the bass player.
But as their website says:
“Don’t take it wrong; Collectif9 is not just a bunch of good friends wanting to have some fun with their fiddles. And the music they are performing is not some easy listening rearrangements of best-sellers classic but real Piazzolla, Schnittke and Shostakovich.”
Their members have formal music training and many of them have a Masters or a Doctorate in a music field. What you have are very talented classical musicians coming together to present classical music in a slightly new way.
Their program for the evening will include Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, Divertimento (3rd movement) by Béla Bartók, Rondo alla zingarese by Johannes Brahms, Muertes del Angel by Osvaldo Golijov, Trauermusik by Paul Hindemith, Volksmobiles by Geof Holbrook, Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, Verano by Astor Piazzolla, Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev, and more!
To discover more about collectif9, visit their website at http://www.collectif9.ca/