Week 2


©Serge Gouin


Thursday, May 11th
7 :30 pm


 Maison de la culture Ahuntsic
10330 rue Lajeunesse
Metro Henri-Bourassa 

Flamenco initiation workshop and meeting with the artist
Sunday, May 14th
2 pm
Free admission

Maison de la culture Ahuntsic
10330 rue Lajeunesse
Metro Henri-Bourassa
RSVP required: info@accesasie.com or 514-298-0757

 Press Release

Kimia is a Chemistry of flamenco and Persian Music. This creation is a collaboration of artists Shraddha D. Blaney, Saeed Kamjoo, Ziya Tabassian, Pooria Pournazeri, Hugo Larenas, Fernando Gallego “El Bancalero” and Behshid Mirjaberi.

Mixing flamenco and Persian genres has a long history. Two thousand years ago, the Romani people from the Indus Valley in India travelled to Persia. Gypsy artists, inspired by the subtleties of Persian music, combined them with flamenco as they journeyed through Andalusian lands.

Kimia takes the audience on a journey of flamenco and Persian music, an exploration of their deep, mysterious sounds. Kimia creates a hybrid language to express their infinite passion and emotion, musically bridging the two cultures. By combining influences from Spain and Persia, Kimia creates a renewed flamenco of genuine fragility and force connecting artists and audience in a space without borders or time.

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©Serge GouinShraddha D. Blaney – Dancer and choreographer

After dancing in the opera Carmen and touring in South Korea, Shraddha D. Blaney established the company Caravana Flamenca and the Ensemble La Poesía del Flamenco. She received two bursaries from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to train alongside great Spanish masters, such as Manuel Reyes, Eva de Juan, Rafaela Carrasco, Belén Maya, Rosario Toledo, and Domingo Ortega. In 2009, Blaney discovered Sema, a sacred dance of the Sufi Whirling Dervishes, and travelled to Istanbul, Turkey to deepen her knowledge of it. Blaney has taught dance for 15 years and choreographed for the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under the direction of Maestro Nagano as well as many television shows.

©Frédérique BérubéSaeed Kamjoo – Kamancheh player

Instrumentalist and composer, Saeed Kamjoo plays the kamancheh, an ancient Persian instrument. Kamjoo, one of the most creative musicians of his time, is known for delicately combining authenticity and innovation in his music. Kamjoo received a music degree from the University of Tehran. Self-taught in the techniques of his instrument, he performs a classical Persian repertoire. Kamjoo has performed with maestros such as Ardeshir Kâmkâr, Ali Akbar Shekârchi, and Ostad Asghar Bahâriand and in festivals all over the world. He frequently gives workshops and performs at conferences. Since his arrival in Canada in 1997, Kamjoo has collaborated with music ensembles such as the Constantinople Ensemble and the Dastan Ensemble.

©Cindy VoitusZiya Tabassian – Percussionist

A tombak player since the age of ten, Ziya Tabassian has studied classical Western percussion in Montreal. He has been involved in the ancient music scene, as well as the world music scene, collaborating with many ensembles and soloists and performing at prestigious festivals around the world. Tabassian has recorded on a number of albums and, in 2007, released his first solo album, Tombak, under the label Ambiances Magnétiques. Tabassian currently plays with Ensemble Âstân, founded by Bashir Faramarzi in 2013. (www.ziyatabassian.com)

©Keivon MousaviPooria Pournazeri – Tanbur player

Pooria Pournazeri learned to play the Kurdish Tanbur (a lute of Kurdish origin) at the age of six and continued his studies with Keykhosrow Pournazeri – his uncle and master of Sufi music – who taught him traditional Persian and Kurdish repertoires. Pournazeri gave his first concert at the age of 16 in a competition at the Fajr Music Festival (Tehran), where he was awarded third place. Pournazeri then joined the famous Shams Ensemble, with which he recorded the Iranian top selling album, Mastan Salamat Mikonand. In 2011, he recorded his first solo album, Zhoor. Since arriving in Montreal, he has helped found the Tabassian Brothers and the Constantinople Ensemble. Pournazeri is currently working on a fourth opus.

©Hervé LeblayHugo Larenas - Guitarist

Born in Montreal of Chilean parents, Hugo Larenas is an interpreter, arranger-composer, and guitar instructor at Collège Stanislas. Larenas began studying guitar at the age of eight and now holds a Master’s degree in performance from the Université de Montréal under the tutelage of Peter McCutcheon. In 2006, he won the first edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix. Throughout his music career, Larenas has explored several styles from the folk music of his ancestral land, to rock, flamenco, and classical music. His great versatility has allowed him to share the stage with Les Frères Diouf, Alejandra Ribera, and Jorane. Larenas is a member of the group Intakto, de Color Violeta, Willy Ríos Ensemble, Impulso Flamenco, and guitar duo Con Fuoco.

©Hervé LeblayFernando Gallego "El Bancalero" – Singer

Born in Cadiz, Spain, Fernando Gallego Torres, “El Bancalero”, began his career at the age of nine. Gallego has performed in numerous flamenco venues and festivals throughout the Iberian Peninsula. He has also collaborated with several companies notably those of Carmen Romero, Zingari Flamenco, Esmeralda Enrique, María Serrano, Rosanne Dion, and the band Jorge Miguel Flamenco. Gallego has shared the stage with great flamenco vocalists such as Manuel Moneo and María del Mar Fernández. Gallego has performed at Festival Flamenco de Montréal (2012-2014) and Toronto Flamenco Festival (2012-2013). While collaborating on recordings of other artists, Gallego is currently working on his first album.

2F1A6744Behshid Mirjaberi – Singer

Singer of Persian origin, Mirjaberi began learning Persian Classical repertory (Radif) under supervision of N. Nasehpour and gained knowledge of techniques and voice-producing by Mohsen Keramti. He has worked with various ensembles and has given so many concerts in Iran.  Mirjaberi, participated with Regard Persan at the Festival du monde Arabe in Montreal in 2016.

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©Hazy Montagne Mystique

Les préoccupations et les attentes

Friday, May 12th
8 pm

Casa del popolo
4873 Boul St-Laurent
Metro Mont-Royal

Press Release

As part of its mandate to promote emerging artists, Festival Accès Asie is proud to present the multidisciplinary performance Les préoccupations et les attentes. Sound artist Hazy Montagne Mystique, videographer Guillaume Vallée, and dancer Kim-Sanh Châu perform together.

Les préoccupations et les attentes is a performance piece based on Molam, a song of lament of the Tai dam people. In this multidisciplinary performance, the artists combine experimental sound, image and contemporary dance to create a universe inviting the audience on a deeply moving, cerebral journey.

These three artists have been collaborating for several years creating experimental mono-band performances and exploring their respective arts in broader contexts.

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©Eastern BlocHazy Montagne Mystique – Sound artist

Chittakone Baccam Thirakul is a sound artist born in Thailand of Laotian and Taï Dam origin. His Laotian background infuses his music. Thirakul has been working in the experimental music scene since 2008 and is constantly exploring new sounds. In 2010, he co-founded the label, Jeunesse Cosmique, and is currently its artistic director. In 2012, Baccam began Hazy Montagne Mystique, a sound image project exploring what occurs when we closes our eyes. A very active artist, he has extensively performed in shows and festivals, and collaborated with numerous artists, such as Alain Lefebvre and Guillaume Vallée. He has released a number of albums and received several awards for his work. (www.hazymontagnemystique.bandcamp.com)

©Sarah SeeneGuillaume Vallée - Videographer

Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a major in film animation and a MFA-Studio Arts degree in film production. He is a performer, an installation artist and experimental film and video director interested in the creative process of moving images and their interaction with other media. Vallée creates hybrid video and performance pieces using camera-less techniques, optical effects, video feedback and found footage to explore ever more complex relationships with his subject matter. He is currently completing a PhD in arts at UQAM studying subcultures in cinema, music and multidisciplinary performance. His experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe, have been screened internationally. (www.gvallee.com)

©Sébastien FaubeauKim-Sanh Châu - Dancer

Kim-Sanh Châu is a choreographer and dance interpreter who has been based in Montreal since 2012. Born in France of Vietnamese parents, Châu`s Asian origins permeate her creations. Châu is an accomplished dancer who has widely performed and choreographed. She has collaborated as an interpreter with Helen Simard, Sasha Kleinplatz, Mary Williamson St-Amand, and Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, and, in recent years, in screen-dance projects with Camille Jemelen, Ray Lavers and Guillaume Vallée. In March 2016, Châu was selected for a twelve-day creation residency at Muong Studio (Vietnam), and in March 2017, she worked with the Urban Dance Group (UDG, DanCenter) a company in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) with which she plans to work in future. Châu conducted research in Vietnam (Hoa Binh, 2016) for this Festival’s project.



Opening cocktail

 Saturday, May 13th
2 pm to 4 pm
Free entrance
Exhibition from May 12th to May 20th

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680, rue Jeanne Mance
Metro Place-des-Arts

Press Release

Festival Accès Asie and Vidéographe, in collaboration with MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), present this year's edition of Serendipity. This project highlighting the artistic contributions of Asian-origin communities in the cultural life of Montreal and Quebec.

Serendipity evolved from a chance encounter of several artists. Seeking to promote diverse voices and discourses in image and movement, this project brings together musicians and composers with videographers to reflect Quebec’s Asian diversity. Serendipity presents emerging art forms, incubates new ones, and creates art image and sound projects from mono-band videos to unedited video installations.

We are pleased to present new works from Serendipity’s participating group artists: Paul Tom and Yuki Isami; Gabriel Dharmoo and Ivetta Kang; Hadi JamaliAmir Amiri and Showan Tavakol; Alisi Telengut and Lamia Yared in collaboration with Nathaniel Huard; and kimura byol - nathalie lemoine and Hazy Montagne Mystique.

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©Paul Tom Paul Tom - Videographer

Paul Tom is a filmmaker and video editor specializing in animation and documentary film. He’s also a professional editor, curator of museum video exhibitions and a facilitator of many cultural mediation projects in diverse communities. Born of Cambodian parents in a refugee camp in Thailand, he approached the themes of the construction of identity, family relations and the exploration of silence as a means of communication. His short films have been screened in many festivals aroud the world.

©Christopher St-LouisYuki Isami - Flutist

A native of Japan, Yuki Isami first discovered the world of music through piano at the young age of four. After winning first prize from the Tôhô Gakuen College of Drama and Music of Tokyo and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Yuki continued her musical career as a flutist. She has performed for several orchestras (e.g. Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec) as well as at festivals in Japan, Canada, Argentina, USA, and Europe. Yuki is presently undertaking several projects associated with Japanese culture and music through the use of traditional instruments such as Shinobue, Shamisen and Koto. Most notably, Yuki has collaborated on “Musique japonaise : Branches et racines” and Tsuki, a visual musical tale from Japan. (www.yukiisami.com)

©Kevin Jung-Hoo ParkGabriel Dharmoo - Composer 

Gabriel Dharmoo’s musical practice encompasses composition, vocal improvisation, and academic research. His works have been performed and presented across Canada and internationally. Dharmoo has received numerous awards from the Canada Council for the arts, the SOCAN and different live-arts festivals such as Summer Works Performance Festival and the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. His mestizo identity (Quebecois from his mother, Caribbean with Indian roots from his father) led him to study carnatic music with four well-known maestros in Chennai (India) in 2008 and 2011. Since then, he has explored the interaction of the traditional with the new and the notion of imaginary folklore. (www.gabrieldharmoo.org)

©Kevin Jung-Hoo ParkIvetta Kang - Videographer

Originally from South Korea, Ivetta Kang makes cinema, videos, and visual performances. She creates fragmented narratives within audiovisual languages, using mostly lo-fi images, metallic sounds, ruptures of different spoken languages, and handcrafted superimposition. She generates abstract audiovisual from the obvious and transforming it into the concrete triggering spectators’ imaginations. She studied fiction cinema in South Korea and recently graduated from the MFA program at Concordia University. Her films and videos have widely been screened at various festivals. (www.cargocollective.com/ivettakang)

©Hadi JamaliHadi Jamali - Videographer

Hadi Jamali is a Montreal based Iranian artist. He graduated from the University of Science and Culture (Tehran) with a degree in Visual Communication-Studio Arts. Since 2003, he has worked as creative director and visual designer for a number of institutions as well as pursuing his experimental freelance work. He now dedicates his time to multidisciplinary art practices, including video, installation and photography. His current works involve defamiliarizing everyday objects to capture how people today relate to their surroundings. His recent video work, The Marathon of Remain is now part of the Arsenal Gallery collection. (www.hadi-jamali.com)

©Nathaniel HuardAmir Amiri - Musician

Amir Amiri was born in Tehran, Iran, where, in his early years, he studied the santur, a stringed instrument very popular in classical Persian music. He also studied classical Indian music with the masters Ravi Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Arriving in Canada in 1996, Amiri participated in a residency at the Banff Centre of the Arts, a place of inspiration he has returned many times. Amiri has since worked extensively as a percussionist, composer, musical director, and consultant for numerous Canadian dance and theatre companies, as well as orchestras, and in television and film. (www.amiramiri.com)

©Nathaniel HuardShowan Tavakol - Musician

Born in Tehran, Iran, Showan Tavakol began his music studies playing the violin and later turned to the Kamancheh (Iranian bowed string instrument). Tavakol earned a music degree in ethnomusicology and composition. He is now composer-in-residence of l’Ensemble du Choeur de Trombone and Le Grand Ensemble Contemporain at the University of Montréal. Tavakol also composes music for documentaries, short and feature films, and plays Kamancheh in the contemporary Iranian ensemble Kamaan. He has several albums to his credit. (www.shwantavakol.com)

©Courtoisie FAAAlisi Telengut - Videographer

Alisi Telengut, is a visual artist and filmmaker currently based in Montreal. She creates frame by frame animation using hand-made painted visuals to generate movement for her films. She is interested in notions of visual poetry, lyrical representations of memory, and experimental ethnography. Her recent films received awards at Stockholm International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and Canada International Film Festival. Her films have also been screened at Sundance, TIFF, Cannes (Talent tout court program), Slamdance, Edinburgh, ZINEBI and in many film festivals and world exhibitions of animation and moving images. Her work has also contributed to ethnographic, ethnocultural and archaeological research archives. (www.cargocollective.com/AlisiTelengut)

©Nathaniel HuardLamia Yared - Singer

Lamia Yared was born in Lebanon and grew up in Montreal. For ten years, she has been singing and exploring Mediterranean and Middle Eastern music culture. She has specialised in the repertoire of Levantine music and studied with singers from Syria, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. With her collective group, Ensemble Zaman, she has been performing repertoires written by Syrian and Egyptian composers from the Ottoman period. She has performed for a variety of Festivals such as Festival du monde arabe, Festival des cultures Syriennes de Montréal, Festival des Traditions du monde of Sherbrooke, and Maisons de la culture. (www.lamiayared.com)

©Courtoisie FAANathaniel Huard – Percussionnist

Nathaniel Huard discovered Arabian percussions more than 10 years ago. Having studied the popular rhythms of the Darbuka (Arab drum) with Trevor Salloum in British Columbia. He then discovered the Riqq (Arab tambourine) and classical Arabic music studying with the master Michel Merhej Baklouk, Lebanese percussionist of the Rahbani Brothers and the Singer Fairouz. It was in Aleppo, Syria, that he first heard the Muwashahat, a form of sung poetry, and learned Arabic music with complex rhythmic phrases. Nathaniel Huard is very active on the Montreal music scene, combining Arabic music with Turkish, Persian, Greek and Jewish music, with groups such as Ensemble Zaman, Ensemble Al Zahawi, Essence Yéménite, Ana Masri, Amir Amiri and many others.

©Eastern BlocHazy Montagne Mystique – Sound artist

Chittakone Baccam Thirakul is a sound artist born in Thailand of Laotian and Taï Dam origin. He has been working in the experimental music scene since 2008 and is constantly exploring new sounds. In 2010, he co-founded the label, Jeunesse Cosmique, and is currently its artistic director. In 2012, Baccam began Hazy Montagne Mystique, a sound vision project exploring what happens when we closes our eyes. His Laotian background infuses his music. A very active artist, he has extensively performed in shows and festivals, and collaborated with numerous artists, such as Alain Lefebvre and Guillaume Vallée. He has released a number of albums and received several awards for his work. (www.hazymontagnemystique.bandcamp.com)

©Star Kim Projectkimura byol-nathalie lemoine - Videographer

kimura byol - nathalie lemoine was born in South Korea from a Korean mother and Japanese father. kimura-lemoine, a conceptual multimedia feminist artist, creates works about identities – diaspora, ethnicity, colorism, post-colonialism, immigration, gender – in calligraphy, painting, digital imagary, poetry, video, and photography. kimura-lemoine has exhibited, screened, and published her works internationally. As a curator, kimura-lemoine has developed projects that give voice and visibility to minorities. She currently works as an activist archivist on the ACA (Adoptees Cultural Archives) documenting the history of adoptee culture through media and arts. (www.starkimproject.com)

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La magie du Mohan-Veena

Saturday, May 13th
7 pm
30 $ - 50 $

Salle Bourgie
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1339 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Metro Peel

Press Release

Festival Accès Asie is proud to welcome Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Subhen Chatterjee to the stage in this exceptional concert, organized in collaboration with Centre Kabir.

World renowned Grammy Award winning slide guitar player, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt from Rajasthan India, will be accompanied by Subhen Chatterjee, acclaimed percussionist travelling from Kolkata, India especially for this evening’s concert. Bhatt is sure to captivate with his pristine, pure, and delicate yet fiery music. He will be accompanied by the internationally acclaimed tabla player, Subhen Chatterjee, known for his evocative stage presence. The two musicians are sure to thrill the audience in this not to be missed concert.

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VishwamohanVishwa Mohan Bhatt– Musician

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is a prolific musician and composer noted for inventing the Mohan Veena (a modified Hawaiian guitar) and taking it to the highest levels of Indian classical music. Bhatt has performed throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and India, enchanting audiences wherever he goes. As a result, Bhatt has become India’s cultural ambassador by popularizing Indian culture and music around the world. In this way, he truly expresses the essence of his name – Vishwa (world) and Mohan (charming). A foremost disciple of the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar, Bhatt belongs to an elite body of musicians who trace their roots back to the famous Tansen court musician (1506-1589) of the Mogul emperor Akbar. Bhatt is a Grammy Award winner with Ry Cooder for their world music album, A Meeting by the River. In addition to adapting the Hawaiian guitar to Indian sounds, Bhatt is probably one of the most expressive, versatile slide guitar players in the world. He is a mentor for many distinguished musicians around the world, including notably Harry Manx, the distinguished Canadian Blues/Folk virtuoso. (www.vishwamohanbhatt.in)

Subhen BannerjeeSubhen Chatterjee – Musician

Subhen Chatterjee, world renowned percussionist, learned to play tabla and develop his own style at Lucknow Gharana (a school that apprentices musicians with masters in a similar musical style) along with Pandit Swapan Chowdhury. Not limited to a single Gharana, Chatterjee incorporates different styles from multiple sources, which makes his playing so distinctive and unique. He is a recognized collaborator with the greatest musicians in India and abroad, such as flutist Paul Horn, David Crosby of famed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Anandan Sivamani, the lead percussionist for A.R. Rahman’s band. Chatterjee founded the east India fusion band Karma in 1984, and more recently Friends of Drums (F.O.D.) with Sivamani. He is involved in a number of music associations. Chatterjee is also a successful recording artist with a repertoire of over 30 CDs, both as accompanist and soloist. He has also been nominated for the JPF Music Awards, one of the most important music prizes in the U.S. (www.subhenchatterjee.net)

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Centre Kabir

Du 2 au 28 mai 2017