Thursday, May 9th
Jeunesses Musicales Canada
305 Mont-Royal Avenue
An initiative of the Festival Accès Asie, project Golestan presents its sixth edition. Meaning «flower garden» in Persian, Golestan will once again bring Asian cultures together in concert, this time with cellist Jake Charkey, percussionist Ziya Tabassian, and dancer Veronica Simas de Souza.
These three artists from different backgrounds, met in Mumbai, India, where they explored Indian musical language. Jake Charkey, an American-born cellist, specialized in Indian ragas with Padmabhushan grandmaster Dr. N. Raja, while Ziya Tabassian was exploring the language of the tablas with the great master Pandit Yogesh Samsi. For her part, Veronica Simas de Souza, a dancer of Peruvian origin, trained in oriental dance specializing in Kathak dance in India from Sunayana Hazarilal.
Together, they will present their newest creation based on Indian, Persian, and oriental music and dance. Mixing the ragas of Indian music and the maqâms of oriental music, the talas of Indian music and the iqâs of oriental music, they offer a performance where music and a new dance are born out of ancestral traditions.
Jake Charkey – Cello
Jake Charkey began playing the violin at the age of six. After a year of particular hardship, his father presented him with a cello and thus began his musical journey. After completing his training at the Shepherd School of Music in Huston, Texas, he broadened his musical skills and vocabulary, and became interested in Hindustani music. He studied in Toronto with sarangi player Aruna Narayan, who invited him to adapt this music for the cello rather than learning an Indian instrument. A disciple of the famous violinist Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam, Jake collaborates with many artists such as Arijit Singh, Pritam, Jeet Gangully, Clinton Cerejo, Hariharan, Master Saleem, Taufiq and Fazal Qureshi, Louiz and Gino Banks, Dhruv Ghanekar, Sangeeta Shankar, Shantanu Moitra, Stephen Devassy, and Shankar Tucker, among others. In 2015, Jake launched Rose Productions with Veronica Simas de Souza, a musical start-up dedicated to building musical bridges between India and North America. jakecharkey.com
Ziya Tabassian – Percussion
Ziya Tabassian started playing the tombak (Iranian drum) at the age of ten. After a brief period of initiation in Iran, he continued his self-taught training in Montreal, his adopted city. From 1994 to 2001, he studied western classical percussion with Julien Grégoire and obtained a bachelor’s degree in percussion from the Université de Montréal. As an indefatigable explorer, he continues his personal research and follows advanced courses with Bahman Rajabi, Aziz Alami, Trichy Sankaran, Mısırli Ahmet, Shree Sundarkumar, and Yogesh Samsi. As a percussionist, Ziya is interested in early music (medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque) as well as contemporary and world music. He has performed with numerous ensembles, including Caprice Ensemble, Regard Persan, and has performed in more than 40 countries. Ziya has many albums to his credit recording with both large ensembles and artists. He recently released his second solo album, Le cercle des cycles, from his research on rhythmic cycles and new techniques on the tombak. ziyatabassian.com
In great demand as a performer, choreographer, and instructor, Veronica Simas de Souza has an innate ability to weave the subtle nuances and textures of oriental music into movement. She has a dance background that includes studies and performances in Middle Eastern, Modern, and Latin dance forms. She has had intensive dance training with Padma Shri Sunayana Hazarilal, in the style of Banaras of Jankiprasad. As an educator, Veronica works with diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of their artistic research and critical thinking. Veronica is the only South American professional dancer graduated in Kathak.
KLEX à MTL
Friday, May 10th
la lumière collective
7080, Alexandra Street, #506
Metro Parc or De Castelnau
This year, KLEX à MTL will open Festival Accès Asie’s Perles d’ici series, its international exchange component. KLEX Festival (Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video and Music), possibly the only long-running Malaysian festival dedicated to experimental cinema, video, and improvised music, will celebrate its 10th anniversary in November 2019.
KLEX à MTL presents a program of experimental short films and video art that have all been part of previous editions of KLEX. The works were selected by Siew-Wai Kok, Malaysian videographer and musician, co-founder and co-director of KLEX festival. Exchange is, culturally and literally, is at the center of KLEX’s vision.
Works by Wuttin Chansataboot (Thailand), Toh Hun Ping (Singapore), Safwan Salleh (Malaysia), Low Pey Sien (Malaysia), Pauline Despi (Philippines), and Chloe Yap Mun Ee (Malaysia) will be presented for the first time in Montreal and, in some cases, for the first time in Canada and North America.
As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations in November, KLEX Festival will in turn host a program of experimental short films by Montreal-based artists of Asian origin. Fabrizio Gilardino, graphic designer, Italian-Canadian independent curator, and member of KLEX Festival’s selection committee, selected films which were screened at past editions of Festival Accès Asie.
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A graduated of Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London (2011), Wuttin Chansataboot is a Thai media artist whose video works has been exhibited at international film festivals and art events. Wuttin’s project The Metamorphosis of Self and Identity in Digital Era won a Celeste Prize (Project Prize category) in Milan which made him the only Asian to receive this award in 2015. He also received gold and silver medals in mixed-media art category from the 61st, 62nd and 63rd National Exhibition of Art, the longest running visual art competition in Thailand. A full-time lecturer, Wuttin teaches sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University (Thailand), and is also a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at Silpakorn University (Thailand). wuttinchansataboot.com
Toh Hun Ping – Videographer
Toh Hun Ping is a video artist, film researcher and writer. His video works have screened at international experimental film festivals (Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas) and presented in art venues as both video installations and live-performance projections (Sculpture Square and Substation, Singapore). In preparation for his next video, he is researching the history of film production in early-mid 20th century Singapore. He also runs the Singapore Film Locations Archive, a private video collection of films made in Singapore and maintains a website about Singapore film locations (sgfilmlocations.com). He has worked as a freelance researcher for film programmes at the National Museum of Singapore Cinémathèque and the Asian Film Archive.
Safwan Salleh graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), majoring in cinematography. He has worked as a freelance film director, editor and cinematographer. Safwan thinks that film has the potential for self-expression and education. He enjoys experimenting with films on a variety of subjects, in different styles and techniques. He has created several short documentaries, short films, promotional videos, music videos, and experimental films.
Low Pey Sien is a young photographer, visual artist and designer. She is a typical youth with existential crisis. To cope with her anxiety, she makes art primarily in mediums of illustration, photography and film. Her work explores relationship between space, place, and human, as well as sound and perception.
The work of Pauline Despi explores the ability of a single image to communicate its bare representation through motion. She synthesizes percussive and industrial sound into video and animation to create her brand of uniquely narrative fiction. She has also collaborated with fellow visual artists, musicians, dancers, and sound artists in diverse improvised live performances and exhibits. As a motion designer and animator for the studio “The Acid House”, Pauline is also one-half of “Sublingua, Submachines” a sound/video experimental laboratory. Their exhibits include Glass Feathers, Amniotic, and installations Babel for Manila Art (2011) and Music For The Impaired for the 2013 Art Fair Philippines. She has recently concluded her second solo show Diagrams and her first curatorial work in the group show Shape of Shadows.
Chloe Yap Mun-Ee graduated from the Faculty of Cinematic Arts at Multimedia Univeristy, Nusajaya Campus, Malaysia. An aspiring filmmaker and video artist, Chloe experiments with film and video, often tackling very personal and unconventional subjects. She also explores emerging ways of storytelling. She has won several awards for her work.
From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Siew-Wai Kok is an artist-organiser/curator, improvised vocalist and video artist. She received her B.A. in Media Study at State University of New York at Buffalo, and her M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts at Alfred University. She has shown her works and performed in Asia, Europe, Canada and USA, participating in festivals such as CTM Festival (Germany), allEars Improvised Music Festival (Norway), Asian Meeting Festival (Japan), Choppa Experimental and Improvised Music Festival (Singapore), Singapore International Film Festival, Hanoi New Music Festival (Vietnam), ARKIPEL Festival (Indonesia), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands) and many more. Siew-Wai has a deep passion for the experimental and improvisational arts. Since 2006, she has started organising experimental video screenings and music events with her peers in Kuala Lumpur. She is the co-founder and co-director of Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival (KLEX) since 2010. She is currently teaching at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia.
Saturday, May 11th
1pm to 5pm
4001 Berri Street
The public is invited to attend or participate in the performance.
To celebrate their 20 years of collaboration, Festival Accès Asie and OBORO are proud to present Handshack an interactive installation by the multidisciplinary artist Marites Carino.
Completed as part of the short-term residency Interval at OBORO’s New Media Lab, Handshack questions how our overuse of electronics reduces daily opportunity for human contact and diminishes our ability to be present when face-to-face.
In this world of instant communication, our first contact with people is often virtual, either through the Internet, telephone, texts or e-mail. All day we swipe screens, type on keyboards and punch buttons.
Handshack is an interactive installation that invites human connection. This intimate piece captures candid, real-time encounters between two strangers who get to know each other solely through touch. Using the handshake as a starting point, blind tactile conversations are twisted into unexpected choreographies.
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With a background in dance and broadcast journalism, Marites Carino combines her passion for dance and film through her inventive dance shorts. For more than a decade she was the dance editor at the cultural weekly the Montreal Mirror. She enjoys telling people’s stories, and particularly those who use art to overcome obstacle, like in tremor, a year-long collaborative project that was created with a group of people with Parkinson’s. Her award-winning works have screened at numerous international festivals and art spaces. In her spare time, she dances slowly to fast music, cycles, snaps photos and writes about herself in the third person. maritescarino.com
MUSIC - YOUTH
Sunday, May 12th
10am, 11am and 1pm
Maison de la Culture Côte-des-Neiges
5290 Côte-des-Neiges Road
Free pass available April 28th at the maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges or online ($2 fee)
For the first time, Festival Accès Asie, in collaboration with the Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, will present a show for youth. Arbres is for children aged two to four and offers an experience where music mixes with the sensory and audience participation is central. Dreamy parents welcome!
Two musicians will guide children, and parents, through a seven-step musical journey in which the sound of tree textures and instrumental and vocal music will intertwine, sometimes from a written score, sometimes through improvisation.
The result of a collaboration between musicians Emmanuelle Lizère (cello, voice, and stage play), Elham Manouchehri (voice and târ), composer Philippe Leroux, and visual artist Lenche Andonova, Arbres is part installation and part artistic performance, inviting young and old to explore and discover through music the different facets of a tree and what it inspires in us all.
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Born in the heart of Iran, in the city of Isfahan, Elham started playing music at the age of 15. She continued her apprenticeship with Ali Ghamsari, Arshad Tahmasbi, as well as virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh. Self-taught in classical Persian singing, Elham has also mastered traditional lutes such as Târ, Setâr, Shourangiz and Rabâb. She has performed in concert in Iran and France. Since arriving in Montreal in 2014, she has performed in many concerts. More recently Elham performed with the musical ensemble Constantinople for the Chants d’espoir concert at Montreal’s Bourgie Hall at the Musée des beaux arts. She has also participated in the project Des mots sur mesure VII organized by the Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville. Elham is a singer and permanent member of the musical collective DIBA.
Emmanuelle Lizère graduated in music and musicology from the University of Tours, where she won several prizes, and from the University of Paris V in art therapy and psychopedagogy. Her interest in childhood and early childhood inspired her to develop a multisensory approach to music based on contemporary and international music, creating a sound and musical environment for children as young as three months old for use in nurseries and schools. Since 2001, Emmanuelle has shared her passion for contemporary music by creating introductory workshops in the genre for children. In 2002, she created Tigouli, a record collection, intended for children from the ages of one to four, for performances that mix acoustic music with interactive electronics. She has also collaborated with Didier Delepeleer on a work entitled Sacrée Gamine. Emmanuelle is director of collections at Editions Billaudot.
Philippe Leroux graduated from the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris with Ivo Malec, Claude Ballif, Pierre Schäeffer, and Guy Reibel. He was selected to enter the Villa Medici in Rome (1993-1995). Philippe has composed more than 80 works for symphonic orchestra, voice, electronic devices, chamber music, and acousmatics under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and Radio France to name a few. His works have been performed at European festivals and by orchestras around the world. Phillippe has lived in Montreal since 2009. An accomplished and award-winning composer, he was named a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2015. The composer has been invited to teach in both France and Canada. Since September 2011, Phillippe has been an associate professor of composition at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, Lenche Andonova also completed a master’s degree in art and exhibition scenography from the University of Metz, France (2007). She had already participated in several group exhibitions in France before presenting her first solo exhibition at the City Museum of Negotino, Macedonia (2004). As a co-curator of exhibitions, she organized various thematic exhibitions in Macedonia and Russia. In 2012 and in collaboration with musician Emmanuelle Lizère, she created the scenography for Clarifcelle, an interactive musical show for young audiences. She also created the scenery and scenography for the Fonoformies (2015) and Le jardin des 3 soeurs (2016).