Musical Heritage of the Creole Islands

Discover how music and dance in the Creole Islands (Antilles and Indian Ocean) were adapted, how they evolved, and how they were transmitted to us. An opportunity to deepen concepts such as tradition, authenticity, and “creolization”, and also to become more aware of the essential role musicians play in the oral transmission of musical heritage.

Lecturer: Marie-Christine Parent, ethnomusicologist

Daniel Bellegarde, percussion
Musicians from the Anba Tonèl ensemble

Daniel Bellegarde has been on the music scene as a freelance percussionist since 1983. He studied percussion with Yaya Diallo and Georges Rodriguez in Quebec and then in Paris with Cyrille Daumont and Michel Reman. He participated in numerous tours in Quebec and internationally with Paulo Ramos, Robert Charlebois, Nico Beki, Emeline Michel, Lilison di Kinara, Said Mesnaoui, Bia or Cirque du Soleil.

His varied career led him to return to the music that rocked his childhood; the music of Haiti and the French West Indies. Following the good advice of her journalist friend Chantal Jolis (CBC-Radio-Canada), he began to work and produced his first solo album Anba Tonèl, the fruit of a research and creation work on European influence in Caribbean music. From the countradance  (square dance) to the quadrille passing the minuet-Congo or Troubadour style, the percussionist plunges us under the arbor dancing melodies played in the 19th century.

In acoustic set-up (guitar, banjo, violin, manouba-bass, voice and percussion) he wants to share this  little known cultural heritage, outside the West Indies.

Concert-Lecture in French
Presented by Ulysses Travel Guides

Saturday, February 15th 2020 at 2:30pm
Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Min

For tickets and information: 514-285-2000

Bourgie Concert Hall, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) complex, is a 444-seat venue located in the restored Erskine and American Church (designed in 1894 in Neo-Romanesque style by architect Alexander Cowper Hutchison). Designated a national historic site in 1998, the transformed setting is now graced with high-quality acoustics and an exceptional décor incorporating 20 historic Tiffany stained glass windows. Ideal for performances by chamber-music ensembles, string orchestras, and other groups, Bourgie Concert Hall offer music lovers an auditory repertoire as diverse as the MMFA collections.

Bourgie Concert Hall
1339 Sherbrooke Street West

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