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Tim Brady - composer / guitarist

André Leroux - saxophones
André Leroux holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Université de Montréal and has won numerous prizes for his performances including the Concours de musique du Québec and the Concours de musique du Canada (Québec region). He is very active in new music, jazz and popular music and is a member of Quebec's most daring new music saxophone ensemble, the Quasar, with whom he has presented many concerts in Canada and abroad. He performs and records regularly with a wide range of musicians including the Vic Vogel Big Band, the jazz group "A Few Colours", pianist François Bourassa, and with Michel Cusson's "Wild Unit". In 2000 he performed at the Blue Note club in New York in an event organised by Radio-Canada. In 2002 his recording with the François Bourassa Trio was awarded the Juno award for best Canadaian jazz recording of the year. André Leroux is also a founding member of the saxophone quartet Quasar, one of Canada's best new music ensembles.

Philip Hornsey - percussion - hilip Hornsey is a graduate of McGill University where he studied with Pierre Béluse and D'Arcy Gray and the University of Montreal where he studied with Julien Grégoire. His performing career covers many different styles: new music, pop, jazz, classical and studio recordings. As a freelance percussionist living in Montreal he works with a variety of ensembles: Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Kore Ensemble, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Ramasutra, etc. He also keeps busy organizing concerts and tours for his own projects: Duo Frank (percussion duo), Duo Kovalis (piano and percussion duo) and his new trio for harp, double bass and percussion trio. He has recorded for Ramasutra, National Film Board productions, Maxi Films productions, and many other films and CDs. His musical adventures haven taken him across Canada, United States, Europe and Asia.

Brigitte Poulin - piano
Brigitte Poulin studied at the Music Academy of Vienna, at the Banff Centre for the Arst and at the Montreal Conservatory of Music and she holds a doctorate in piano perfromance from the Université de Montréal. As wella s giving perfromances at major festivals in North America and Europe (June in Buffalo, Festival Ars Musica de Bruxelles, Edmonton New Music Festival, York Late Music Festival, Adur Arts Forum), she has also recorded many CDs as a soloist anc chamber musicians on the SNE, Fonovax and Amberloa labels. Her work is often featured on national radio broadcast on the CBC, Radio Canada, the BBC and Beligan National Radio. Some of her recent activies include premiers of works by Serge Arcuri, Denys Bouliane, Sean Ferguson, Malcolm Goldstein, and Jean-François Laporte and she was also the soloist inthe Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the Orchestre de la Monterégie under the direction of Marc David.

Pamela Reimer - piano
Pianist Pamela Reimer is a founding member of the Reimer-Gross piano duo and PRO SONOS. Her activities in chamber music have taken her to New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, the UK, across Canada and the eastern United States. Ms. Reimer has been heard on CBC Radio and the SRC, and on compact disc with baritone Simon Fournier. She regularly performs with singers and instrumentalists, and is often an official accompanist for competitions, most recently for the Jeunesses Musicales International Violin Competition in May 2003. As a soloist, she has toured western Canada as a Young Artist, been awarded with the Artist of the Year prize from the Winnipeg Wednesday Morning Musicale, performed in McGill's Alumni series and Pour le Piano series, and collaborated with orchestras in concerto performances. She has introduced new Canadian music to audiences, notably in symposiums in Plattsburgh and Vancouver, and in Montreal. Pamela has been on faculty at Plattsburgh State University since 1995. She holds a D.Mus. in contemporary piano music at l'Universite de Montreal.

Lori Freedman - clarinet / bass clarinet
One of Canada's most prominent new music soloists, Lori Freedman is equally comfortable with complex chamber and orchestral works and with jazz, free improvisation and music with electronics. She was the 1998 recipient of the Freddie Stone Award for the "demonstration of outstanding leadership, integrity and excellence in the area of Contemporary Music and Jazz". To standing ovations and rave reviews Freedman's recent performance of John Corigliano's Clarinet Concerto earned his public declaration: "She plays my piece as though she owns it-and she does! Lori Freedman is the best thing that has ever happened to New Music! " . She has played as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, at the DuMaurier Jazz Festival (Toronto) , the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, and the Sound Symposium, as well as international collaborations with the Gaudeamus Muziekweek and STEIM in the Netherlands. She is also an accomplished composer for theatre and chamber music.

Pemi Paull - viola
Pemi Paull studied viola at McGill University, followed by further studies at the University of Indiana, where he received a full scholarship to work with the acclaimed Atara Arad. A two-time winner of the National Arts Centre Competition, he can be heard frequently as a chamber musicians with the Redpath Quartet on CBC Radio. In 2000 he premiered the viola concerto "Débacle" composer by Denis Dion, with the Orchestre symphonique du Québec. In 2002 he was the recipient of the CBC Prix Galaxie Award for chamber msuic, and in February 2003 he gave the Quebec première of Gyorgy Ligeti's "Sonata for Solo Viola".

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