Welcome to Upstream Music!

For over 28 years, the Upstream Music Association has been creating pan-genre orchestral nujazz, beyond classical, cyber world, experimental music improvisation, composition & conduction ensembles, concert series, festivals, recordings, workshops and symposia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Saxophone Performance Workshop

Room 406 Dal Arts Centre
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Saxophone Performance Workshop

Friday, March 16, 2018

1:00 - 3:00 pm, Room 406, Dal Arts Centre

With Quasar Saxophone Quartet from Montreal

Free Admission

Composition Reading Session

Room 409 Dalhousie Arts Centre
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm




 Reading Session

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2:30 - 4:30 pm, Room 409, Dal Arts Centre



The Quasar Quartet from Montreal teams up with the Upstream Saxophone Ensemble

Halifax Music Co-op, 2164, Barrington Street, Halifax
Adult, $25, Senior $20, Student $15 and Upstream members benefit of a $5 discount
Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm


Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Montreal)

Marie-Chantal Leclair : Artistic Director, Soprano saxophone

Fascinated by the music of our times, the Quasar saxophone quartet is dedicated to the creation and promotion of contemporary music. The group's ventures include instrumental music, improvisation, and electronics. Alone or accompanied by a symphony orchestra, acoustic or plugged, Quasar offers its audience a unique and deeply original programming. The ensemble has won 4 OPUS awards awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique, including the "Artist of the Year" prize. Quasar presents a series of concerts in Montreal and performs regularly in Canada and abroad.

Since its founding in 1994, Quasar has premiered over 80 works, spanning multiple areas of musical creation. A real driving force of creative music, the quartet works closely with composers favouring research, experimentation and the emergence of new ideas. Quasar thus contributes in an exceptional way to the development of Quebec's music while also being credited several premieres of works by foreign composers.

Quasar has also given a strong national and international exposure to new musical works. The quartet has performed across Canada, from Victoria to St. John's, in the United States and in several European countries: France, Switzerland, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden, and United Kingdom. Quasar concerts are regularly broadcast by Radio-Canada, CBC and European radio stations.

The quartet has also attracted many collaborative projects with other ensembles such as Totem Contemporain, the Ensemble de la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Sixtrum, and Arte Quartet (Switzerland). Quasar was also featured as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Quasar is a member of Le Vivier, a grouping of ensembles and organizations working in the new music industry, with a goal to establish a venue for creation, exchange and training in the heart of Montreal.

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