Kleztory | Photo: Sergei Bergen

KLEZMER MEETS CIRCUS

Thursday, November 4, 2021
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

Under the direction of
Jean-François Rivest
 
with
Kleztory, klezmer music group
Mathilde K Richer, circus artist

± 70 minutes
no intermission

We decided to relaunch the season with a great celebration. Kleztory recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Made up of eight seasoned musicians, Kleztory will fill you with happiness as you listen to irresistible rhythms typical of major Jewish celebrations and Eastern Europe. In addition to traditional and new repertoire, Airat Ichmouratov, the group’s founder and a prolific composer, will present his fantasia for clarinet inspired by klezmer tunes. To take you to the skies and round out the evening’s touching and intimate moments, enjoy a performance by circus artist Mathilde K. Richer. She really knows how to defy the laws of gravity.

—    Jean-François Rivest

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

At Salle Pierre-Mercure of Centre Pierre-Péladeau

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Kleztory | Photo: Sergei Bergen

Kleztory
Klezmer Music Group

Airat Ichmouratov – conductor, clarinets & duclar
Elvira Misbakhova – violin & viola
Mélanie Bergeron – accordion
Dany Nicolas – guitar
Mark Peetsma – double bass
David Ryshpan – (guest musician) piano
Bertil Schulrabe – (guest musician) percussion

Biography

Kleztory is a rich mosaic of Russian, Quebec, and Canadian culture, trained and self-taught backgrounds, and classical, jazz, blues, and folk styles, all performed with enthusiasm along with  klezmer music. When the ensemble comes together, musicians show their virtuosity and emotions unique to klezmer, an Eastern European style hailing from the Ashkenazi Jewish instrumental tradition. The group offers a unique approach, creating innovative arrangements in line with tradition and writing original compositions.

With its extraordinary musical performances, Kleztory delves into the stirring motions of klezmer music and brings us to an altered state of excitement. The ensemble has gone on world tours in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, providing a unique sound and presenting an amazing show.

Mathilde K. Richer | Photo: Marie-Andrée Lemire

Mathilde K. Richer
Circus Artist

Biography

Mathilde K. Richer is a young Montreal-born, up-and-coming circus artist specializing in aerial straps and aerial rope. Through her practice, she seeks to broaden the possibilities of expression using her body in the hope that it will allow for a more expansive reading of acrobatic language. She tries to push beyond the standards of beauty by intuitively translating energy to gestures. Initiated to classical music as a child, her approach leans towards the creation of an intimate, lyrical and eclectic vocabulary rooted in a state of authentic presence through performance, acrobatics and dance. She is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal since june 2021.

Program

Ichmouratov
One day of an almost ordinary life

Ichmouratov
Kleztory’s Freylekh

Rabbi Mordechai Dov-Ber Twerski
Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim

Alina-slam Improvisation   

Ichmouratov
Liteul Biteul

Ichmouratov
Moldavian Hora

Ichmouratov
Oy Tate s’iz Gut

Misbakhova, Ichmouratov
Violin Doina in C

Ichmouratov
Andy’s Ride

Ichmouratov
Soulmate

Misbakhova, François Vallières
Ajde Jano

François Vallières
Die Goldene Chasen

Ichmouratov
encore – Vi bist du gevezn far prohibition

Program inspired by Kleztory’s repertoire

Julie Triquet plays a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a Nicolas Vuillaume 1850 violin and a bow by Sartory generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Annie Guénette plays a Joseph Gagliano 1768 violin and a bow by Lamy generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Tim Halliday plays a Mira Gruszowand Gideon Baumblatt’s Kolia cello (2014), generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela