The intrepid and dedicated members of Ensemble Paramirabo come together as a single voice to perform contemporary music, showcase emerging Canadian composers, and expand the boundaries of the traditional concert experience. As a creator of innovative events, the group provides young composers with a venue for refiningtheir trademark within Montréal’s vibrant new music scene and act as a springboard for exposure abroad. The ensemble’s flutist, Jeffrey Stonehouse, has been the group’s artistic director since its founding. Sharing a passion for Canadian creation, Paramirabo has collaborated on several projects with the ECM+ since its beginnings.
Since its foundation, the ensemble has toured internationally to Belgium, England and Mexico and has been invited to Domaine Forget (2017 and 2019), Festival LOOP and Ars Musica (Mons, Liège and Brussels, 2019), Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (2018), Frontiers Festival (Birmingham, 2016), Eduardo Mata Festival (Oaxaca, 2016), New York’s Mise-En Festival (2014), Winnipeg’s Cluster New Music Festival and Montréal Contemporary Music Lab (2013).
Paramirabo’s repertoire has more than 80 premieres and commissions to its credit. The website Bachtrack describes the group as demonstrating “total fearlessness” and “a rare gem… born solely of creative inspiration, [whose] evolution as an up-and-coming musical force is not to be missed.”
Musicians: Jeffrey Stonehouse, flute, Marilène Provencher-Leduc, flute, Martin Gauvreau, clarinet, Victor Alibert, clarinet, Lindsay Roberts, oboe, Mary Chalk, bassoon, Laurence Latreille-Gagné, horn, Thierry Champs, trumpet, Pamela Reimer, piano, Olivier Maranda, percussion, Krystina Marcoux, percussion, Hubert Brizard, violin, Caroline Laurent, violin, Geneviève Liboiron, violin, Marie-Lise Ouellet, viola, Julie Trudeau, cello, Viviana Gosselin, cello, Pierre-Alexandre Maranda, double bass.