"This, ladies and gentlemen, is where chamber music is going." -OTTAWA CHAMBERFEST, JULY 2014
Formed in 2011, collectif9 erupted onto the scene in a 2015 break-out tour, and the musicians have been riding the momentum ever since with appearances across North America and Asia. On paper, the group - four violins, two violas, two cellos and a double bass - appears to be a typical chamber ensemble. However, the reality is far more intriguing.
A show by collectif9 does not just feature their noteworthy arrangements of classical music, but also the trappings of the best rock, rap or pop shows - pulsing, dramatic lighting and sturdy, growling amplification - combined with the captivating expertise of the highest-caliber classical musicians. Rest assured, no one will be dozing off at a collectif9 show.
Double bassist Thibault Bertin-Maghit handles the group’s arrangements, a contribution that bears fruit on the 2016 album Volksmobiles. The album is a nod to old-school classical music cool, featuring the newly-commissioned title work by composer Geof Holbrook. The nine musicians marshal a frenetic energy that draws from Bartók folk tunes to the engineered precision of Brahms and beyond. It is a debut full of promise.