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CONSTANTINOPLE: a World Music and Early Music ensemble with a Persian background. Created by Kiya Tabassian in 1998 and based in Montreal (QC).
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- Band/Small Ensemble
- Classical:NEXT 2018
company descriptionConstantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey as its foundation — geographical journeys, but also historical, cultural and inner. It also seeks inspiration from all sources, and aims for distant horizons.
Inspired by the ancient city illuminating East and West, the ensemble was conceived as a forum for encounters and cross-fertilization by Kiya Tabassian, in 1998 in Montreal. Since then, as seasoned travellers, the virtuoso musicians have explored a wide range of musical avenues: from mediaeval manuscripts to contemporary aesthetics, from Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque.
Constantinople is regularly invited to international festivals, where it is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. It has performed on many of the world’s major stages, including the Salle Pleyel (France), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), the World Sacred Music Festival of Fez (Morocco), the Festival d’Île de France (Paris), the Onassis Centre (Athens), the Festival de México en el Centro Histórico (Mexico), the Festival de Lanaudière (Quebec), and the Schwetzingen Festival (Germany).
Constantinople has 14 albums to its credit on labels Analekta, ATMA, World Village & MaCase.
Over the past decade, the group has developed over 38 new programs and staged near 200 different cities in 23 different countries.