espace vide was originally started as a work-in process concert presentation project in 2012 by a group of composers. Its objective is to offer a place and a time to experience the performance of newly created sound-works that reflect upon sonic practices and creative processes inspired by a sense of openness to experimentation. Through a playful but resolute spirit of inquiry, espace vide promotes an attitude of attentive and unbiased listening, encouraging artists and audiences to take risks, think non-habitually, facilitate a healthy exchange of ideas and create a sense of community. espace vide prioritizes the need to premiere and create new works that explore this in-depth attitude toward listening and reflecting, composing and performing. In this way we challenge, blur and change the traditional roles of composers, performers and audience.
In each of the three concerts that we were able to organize, different ideas started to emerge from the experience of working directly with musicians. The spirit of colleagueship that developed and the idea of community was extraordinary. So the idea developed to include not only new music professionals but also professionals and amateurs not from the new music realm. Though we have the same objective – the approach of realization has changed as we aim to mix these three groups through the use of open scores. espace vide then, promotes a collaborative creative spirit**
espace vide has presented three concerts since 2013:
September 26, 2013, espace vide 1: The inaugural performance with guest performers Geneviève Liboiron (violin) and Marc Olivier Lamontagne (guitar) premiering works by Mirko Sablich, Andrè Cormier and Jonathan Marmor at Le Milieu, Montreal. – Program Notes
August 29, 2014, espace vide 2: The second concert with guest performers Alfredo Mendoza (saxophone) and Felix de Tredici (trombone) premiering works by Andrea Young, Todd Harrop, Mirko Sablich and Andrè Cormier at Le Milieu, Montreal. – Program Notes
June 12, 2015 espace vide 3: The third performance with guest performer Linda Brady (piano)premiering works by Mirko Sablich and Andrè Cormier at Espace Kendergi, Canadian Music Centre, Montreal. – Program Notes
** 2018: we are currently trying to revamp espace vide following the open scores idea in combination with the inclusion of musicians amateurs and professionals new to experimental music and are working towards receiving funds for our next concert.