Ensemble Transmission is a collective of six musicians who are independent artists, thinkers and producers: Guy Pelletier, flute; Lori Freedman, clarinet; Alain Giguère, violin; Julie Trudeau, cello; Julien Grégoire, percussion; Brigitte Poulin, piano. Ensemble Transmission plays mostly modern and contemporary music from solo to sextet and their concert repertoire is based entirely on what the members want to play.
Each musician is driven by an innate sense of musical curiosity. They are all fully dedicated to and immersed in the creation, diffusion and advancement of contemporary music and its related practices. Transmission radiates a fresh and essential energy, offering an artistic refuge to its members that allows for the constant research and practice of new performance works. The dedication of these musicians generates a contagious force, enabling them to present projects that would otherwise be impossible to realize.
Having chosen to operate with an egalitarian structure that provides for a collegial atmosphere, all members of Ensemble Transmission are responsible for the development of the ensemble’s projects, which includes communication, promotion, and all financial matters.
Since its beginning in 2008, their ability to give finely nuanced performances gained Transmission immediate notice within the Canadian and International musical communities. As a result, the ensemble received performance invitations from the La Chapelle Theater, the Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the Montréal Nouvelle Musique (MNM) Festival, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), the SoundaXis Festival (Toronto), the International Chamber Music Festival (Ottawa), and the Xenakis Projects of the Americas (New York).
From July 10 – 17 2011, with financial support from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Ensemble Transmission gave its European début. The ensemble was invited to be the ensemble-in-residence at the international festival Les Nouvelles Flâneries de Reims. There, at one of the ten most important festivals in France they presented two full concert programmes, Transmettre and It`s all Xenakis, as well as offering public masterclasses and open rehearsals. « One of the great discoveries of the Xenakis days was the Canadian ensemble Transmission, With their performances one could appreciate the placticity of lines, the extreme care given to the sound material, and the work that focused on the energies of movement.» Resmusica.
Beginning on October 11, 2013 Transmission will hold a three year position as ensemble-in-residence at La Chapelle historique du bon-Pasteur in Montreal. During this period they will present 4 concerts each season working closely with the venue’s composer-in-residence, offering workshops to young musicians who are devoted to the performance of contemporary music.
After giving two concerts in August 2013 at the International Chamber Music Festival in Ottawa, the ensemble will be releasing their first commercial compact disc “Transmission”, thanks entirely to the generous support of private donators. In addition, Transmission will be completing the recording sessions of their second CD, a “portrait” disc presenting the music of Ana Sokolovic.
On tour, Transmission will be ensemble-in-residence at the 5th Pharos Foundation Contemporary Music Festival in Cyprus in September 2013. They will present a programme paying tribute to musical creativity in Quebec, the USA and Europe by giving workshops to young international composers who were chosen by an International Call for Scores, the first such such competition in the history of the ensemble. In the winter of 2014 Transmission will make their first tour to 5 cities in Western Canada. The 2013-14 season will see the première of 12 new works, plus the offering of several workshops for young composers and performers in Montreal, Cyprus, Banff, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and Brandon. In collaboration with la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur Transmission will present the first Montreal recital of the young pianist Everett Hopfner, winner of the 36è Egré Competition.