We are very pleased to have played on November 15th in La Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal to a wonderful turnout. aTonalHits presented a program of Eastern European and French-Canadian new music, with works of Schnittke, Ustvolskaya, Part, Denis Gougeon, Maxime McKinley, and a premier of Jean Lesage's "Portrait of a Sentimental Musician in a Distorting Mirror". The program consisted of six pieces- each Eastern European work paired with a new French-Canadian work. It was a pleasure to work with these three composers, and a great experience to have been able to play in this famous (and seriously funky) hall.
Our newest recording, "1910-1920", is a collection of both violin and piano and piano solo works from this time period. The nature of the music from 1910-1920 was directly influenced by its political climate. You will hear all manner of adjectives in this music- from heroic and revolutionary to ecstatic, unsettling, and agitated. The album includes these works:
Personally, we think that's a pretty awesome selection. We brought these pieces together into one album in order to emphasize what amazing strides European composers were taking into very different directions of music during one short period of time.