Douze Guitares à Paris


Enter the magical world of the exceptional ensemble comprised of 12 guitars and double bass, Forestare.  With influences from the world of guitar and Spanish music, Debussy and Ravel pushed the limits of musical creation and brought forth impressionism to music.

With original arrangements by Renaud Côté-Giguère, a member of the ensemble, and Dave Pilon, Forestare highlights the influence of the guitar in an arrangement of the unique sounds of Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque.

Rediscover Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) ballet with Forestare in a poetic atmosphere endowed with a strong emotional charge.

Hamsas is a work from famous French guitarist and composer Roland Dyens. Written for guitar ensemble, Hamsas is an ode to friendship. Each movement is dedicated to his composer friends who have influenced the world of the guitar: Ravel, Bogdanovich, Kleynjan, Dumond. The last movement pays tribute to Tunisia, Dyens’ country of origin.

With the piece, Allegro barbaro, the French guitarist and composer Arnaud Dumond deploys great creativity. Written for 10 guitars and 2 solo guitarists, Allegro barbaro is a dynamic work tinged with flamenco. Forestare highlights all of its virtuosity and passion.

Lumières en Appalaches is a minimalist work for guitar ensemble and solo electric guitar. It is a tribute to the beauty of Quebec’s landscapes inspired by a tour that composer, Arnaud Dumond took in the province in 2014. It was during this tour that a great friendship developed between Alexandre Ethier and the composer.

Conductor: Pascal Germain-Berard

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