Ensemble Paramirabo is a group of five versatile and innovative musicians who strive to bring new life to the performance of art music by presenting creative programming that embraces collaborations with other artists and stretches the boundaries of the traditional concert experience. According to Bachtrack, Ensemble Paramirabo demonstrates ‘total fearlessness’ and is ‘a rare gem in the city – born solely of creative inspiration, and their evolution as an up-and-coming musical force is not to be missed.’ The ensemble’s mandate is to act as an advocate for emerging composers by reserving the lion’s share of their programming to new works.
Tracing its origins back to Paramirabo, a work by the late Montreal composer Claude Vivier, the members of Ensemble Paramirabo have been performing together since 2008 when they first met at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Recent highlights for the group have included a short-term residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, a Canadian tour including an appearance as ensemble-in-residence at Cluster New Music + Integrated Arts Festival(Winnipeg), performances in Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon and ‘Threshold / Le seuil’ a collaboration with the Toy Piano Composers with concerts presented in Banff, Toronto and Montreal. Throughout the tour, the ensemble showcased their fabulous arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Kevin Lau. In June 2013, they were guest artists at theMontreal Contemporary Music Lab and had the pleasure of coaching young performers and composers. This past September, they were presented by the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) in ‘Attaque à cinq!’ Upcoming engagements include appearances at Montreal’s Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur for the SMCQ’s “Hommage Series: Denis Gougeon,” concerts presented by the Ottawa New Music Creators and Erreur de Type 27(Quebec City) and The Music Gallery (Toronto).