The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) outlines the 10th edition of its Montreal/New Musics festival (MNM), to be held from February 18 to 28, 2021. The MNM festival is reinventing itself to offer an unprecedented online sound odyssey with the theme Au-delà des frontières (Beyond Borders). MNM 2021 will stand out for the global aspect that webcast now offers, and through its programming, tinged with openness and discovery.

Thus for 10 days musical and artistic frontiers will open up to reveal new and unprecedented sounds with universal accents. “I have always wanted to program music without limits and without concessions. Right now, the re-opening of concert halls is still compromised, but we’ll certainly be able to present online concerts that will go over and above musical limits!” says Walter Boudreau, the festival’s Artistic Director, known for his willingness to go beyond conventional rules.

To illustrate his point, the opening concert by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra – dubbed “The United Nations of music” by CBC radio – will preview a fantastic selection of its crossover music. And travelling beyond artistic and temporal boundaries, Ode à l’Infonie will immerse us in a transcendental era. Finally, Volumina, a major anniversary concert at the Maison symphonique (Place des Arts) will brilliantly celebrate the 10th MNM festival with major pieces from the contemporary repertoire and highlight the diversity of musical colors of our composers.

“The free presentation of the festival’s concerts seemed obvious with all the restrictions related to COVID. We want to offer the discovery of the lifeblood of contemporary music with this anniversary edition, almost a year after the start of the pandemic,” said Aïda Aoun, General Director of the SMCQ. “And to provide the keys to listening, there are a number of cultural outreach activities planned: video clips with the artists, presentation of works by George Nicholson. “

Moreover, this edition will turn the spotlight on most of Montreal’s contemporary ensembles (ECM+, Productions SuperMusique, Quasar Saxophone Quartet …), thus spotlighting the immeasurable talent on the local scene.

The complete program will be available in February. 

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