EPK 2018-19 season

"The Duo Beija-Flor is an incredibly dynamic and creative team. The flutist (Marie-Noëlle Choquette) has a beautifully warm sound which is dynamic and supremely expressive. The guitarist (Charles Hobson) is absolutely fantastic and provides a perfect bed for the flutist to soar on" -Viviana Guzman, The Flute View Magazine, San Francisco
"With each instrument, they change timbres and ornaments, tempi and rhythmical interplay, with harmonies that reach the sounds of rock, all while staying classical. A great discovery from Montreal" -Yves Bernard, Le Devoir, Montreal

Duo Beija-Flor presents a repertoire of classical music that is refreshing, vibrant and inviting to all audiences. Their programs comprised of classical music inspired by the folkloric music of the four corners of the world, create an original genre of classical music: ethno-classical.

Since the release of their debut album, Envol, as part of the 2011 fall season of Montreal's “Réseau Accès Culture”, Duo Beija-Flor has performed in numerous concert halls across Canada, the U.S and Argentina. The duo has been featured on several radio and television programs in Canada and the US for their unique blend of classical and traditional music. In 2011, the duo was named laureate in the competition, “Mon Accès à la Scène” and in 2012 they were recipients of the music promotional grant from the Guilde des Musiciens et Musiciennes du Québec (AFM local 406).

Duo Beija-Flor’s second album, Muzica was released in October 2013 to much critical acclaim. The album features music inspired from Eastern Europe and includes their unique gypsy inspired arrangement of Bela Bartok’s, “Romanian Folk Dances”. Also in 2013, they gave the world premiere of the piece, “Havana Street Parade” at Concordia University in Montreal. The piece, based on Cuban jazz, was written for and dedicated to the duo by Canadian composer, Roddy Ellias. In 2015, they gave the South American debut of the piece at the Museo Fernandez Blanco in Buenos Aires.

In January 2018 the duo recorded, “Costas”, an album inspired by the Latin coasts of the Atlantic. This third album from the duo is set to be released with Big Round Records in October 2018 and will include works by Manuel de Falla, Sergio Assad, Roddy Ellias, Sid Robinovich and Celso Machado. Also included are the duo's original arrangements of fado music from Portugal along with two arrangements of works by Astor Piazzolla. These arrangements came about during a trip to Buenos Aires in which the duo was able to collaborate with guitarist Victor Villadangos and flutist Paulina Fain.

"The virtuoso mastery of the instruments locked together in an interminable dance of music... all of this makes the naked beauty of this recording absolutely spectacular." Review of Costas (World Music Report- Raul da Gama)

"A classy duo recital set... putting this festive music in the hands of these sure-fingered pros makes it a winner throughout." Midwest Record, Illinois

"Lyrical and sophisticated at the same time as it is simple and lively, Duo Beija-Flor's music surprises and energizes and its hint of mischief may well put a bounce in your day" -Richard Dagenais, Montreal Morning News, Global TV

"A nice blend between world and classical music...a truly amicable duo!" - Françoise Davoine, Espace Musique, Radio-Canada

"I love the contrasts and their great rhythmical energy. They are never "static". A well blended ensemble, un véritable duo quoi!" -Guy Vanasse, Former General Director at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau, University of Quebec at Montreal

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