Premiere: February 24, 2009, Ensemble Musique Avenir directed by Véronique Lacroix; Onix, guest ensemble • Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2009: Chrysalides, Salle de concert — Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, Montréal (Québec)

For the past 2 million years, North American monarch butterflies have traveled 4000 kilometres each fall to winter in the Mexican mountains. A folk legend tells of this tour de force in a poetic and mysterious way, in which the arrival of the butterflies in the Michoacán forests coincides with the return of the souls of the deceased to earth. Mouvances Migratoires is inspired by this extraordinary phenomenon. The work consists of two harmonic paths divided in three moments: flight, rest in the heights, and return. Elements of nature and the flight of the butterflies are brought to life one by one, by each of the 5 musicians of Onix and the 11 performers of Ensemble Musique Avenir, who have come together for this concert. The musicians have been positioned to increase the perceptibility of the sonic spaces and the melodic motions. Warm thanks are extended to conductor Véronique Lacroix and all of the musicians for their enthusiastic work.