Closing event – 29e édition

A concert by oud master Mohamed Masmoudi, a performance by the dazzling Bijuriya, and an electrifying DJ set by TransPacific Express!

Come celebrate the end of the festival with us!

edition 2024
Closing event – 29e édition
June 2 — 4:00pm
Free - Jardins Gamelin

Description

Hosted by drag artist and musician Bijuriya, Festival Accès Asie’s Closing Event kicks off with an exciting concert by composer, oudist, and double bassist Mohamed Masmoudi, internationally recognized as a master of strings, particularly the oud. Ancestor of the lute, the oud is a plucked stringed instrument prominent in the Arab world and found in Turkey, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and elsewhere. Masmoudi’s concert will feature original compositions and selections from a varied repertoire, traveling between different musical styles and cultures. Through the sound of the oud, Mohamed Masmoudi will invite us to explore the melodies of Maqams (oriental scales), jazz harmonies, and rhythms of the Caucasus, the fruit of decades of research and perfection.

The evening continues with a musical performance by Bijuriya. On stage, Bijuriya is charismatic, twisted, energetic, and sparkling. Half-Indian and half-Quebecoise, Bijuriya explores her cultural roots, oscillating between homage, parody, and critical thought.

For the final performance of this 2024 edition, Transpacific Express will present a DJ set bringing the best of hip-hop, K-pop, R&B, and house to the dance floor.

Biographies

Bijuirya

Strongly inspired by her South Asian culture, drag artist and musician Bijuriya is appreciated for her proud, festive, twisted and critical take on Bollywood and other aspects of Desi culture. On stage, Bijuriya is a dazzling thunderbolt of energy and quirkiness. Half-Indian and half-Québécoise, Bijuriya explores her cultural roots by oscillating between homage, parody and critical thinking. In 2022, she presented an 80 min solo drag/theatre/music show at Montreal Arts Interculturels – this show was reprised at the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, the Music Gallery in Toronto and FluidFest in Calgary. Further performances are planned in Montreal in 2024. In February 2023, she curated 3 Queer Happenings at MAI (Montréal, arts Interculturels). The 3 events involved over a dozen local drag, burlesque and queer artists including HercuSleaze, BiG SiSSY and Mother Raven Louboutin. Her EP Bijuriya Chamke is available on all streaming platforms.

Mohamed Masmoudi

Based in Montreal, Mohamed Masmoudi is a composer, oud player, double bassist, and classical guitarist by training and has had a rich and prolific career. He began his academic studies in music at an early age at the Conservatoire de musique de Sfax (Tunisia). He went on to study classical music and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Université de Moncton (NB Canada). In addition to his academic training, he has deepened his knowledge of jazz and world music.

As a composer and oud (Arab lute) performer, Masmoudi has created his own style and is known for his many collaborations with other musicians. With Musa Dieng Kala (Senegal), Mohamed closed the renowned Festival de Musique Soufi de Fès (Morocco). He collaborated on the mega-production Sherazade, 1001 nuits with two members of Sokoun Trio, and produced the Trio’s award-winning album Zanneh. Sokoun Trio then performed on Montreal stages, taking part in several festivals in Quebec, Canada, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. Sokoun Trio also collaborates on several blues and jazz projects, contributing to soundtracks for multimedia projects.

Mohamed Masmoudi has written compositions for a number of projects, including Syncop’s Sirroco album, a soundtrack for a story, and music for Francine Pelletier’s documentary film Mes sœurs musulmanes. In 2023, Mohamed released his latest album, Villes éternelles, with the Masmoudi Quartet.

TransPacific Express

Transpacific Express is a collective of artists based in Montreal that celebrates the musical dialogue between the Pacific and the Americas through city-pop, hip-hop, K-pop, R&B and house.

With

Bijuirya

Mohamed Masmoudi

TransPacific Express

edition 2024
Closing event – 29e édition
June 2 — 4:00pm
Free - Jardins Gamelin
in collaboration