Welcome to Upstream Music!

For over 27 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.

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.

TICKETS: On sale at TicketHalifax.com

RECAP: Open Waters Festival 2018


Thank you to everyone who took part in Open Waters Festival 2018!  To the people working behind the scenes, our audience and of course, our amazing performers, we thank you for the bottom of our hearts.  With over 20 performances, this was our biggest festival to date!  We look forward to next year's festival!

View Open Waters Festival Photo Album

Lukas Pearse                           Gay Hauser
Artistic Director                      Administrator

Open Waters Festival '18

Dalhousie Arts Centre, The Marquee Club, King's College, Halifax Central Library
Festival Passes $60, Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $15. Afternoons and late night $10
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 7:30pm to Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:00pm

Never the same river twice… Open Waters Festival celebrates the flow of new and surprising music. While water brings life, music enlivens life, especially live music. Rivers of improvisation run through many traditions, and we celebrate where these meet at Open Waters Festival of new and improvised music. 

Upstream Music Association brings together musicians and presenters of varied facets of contemporary music, each united by being up-river from the main stream, and with a common spirit of exploration of the new and a celebration of the unknown.

We are pleased to present these artists, each different from one another, yet who all share this path of searching. 

Five Halifax locations, 20 extraordinary events.  

Festival Pass $60

Friday, Jan. 5, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
New Hermitage - 7:30pm Dunn Theatre
Fifth Wind - 8:30pm Dunn Theatre
Jason Sharp - 10:00pm Marquee Club

Saturday, Jan. 6, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
Talk-Back - 12pm, Maureen Batt - 2:00pm, Tristan DeBorba - 2:35pm, MAC - 3:00pm, all at MacAloney Room
suddenlyLISTEN - 7:30pm, Thundermakers - 9:00pm, all at Dunn Theatre
Jeri Brown - 10pm, Transatlantic Zodiac all at the Marquee Club

Sunday, Jan. 7, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
Simon Docking & Tim Crofts - 2:00PM, Trio Pupo - 3:00PM, all at MacAloney Room
Vocalypse Productions - 7:30PM, at the Dunn
Upstream Quartet - 10PM, Open Company - 11:00 PM, both at the Marquee Club.

Monday, Jan. 8, Day Pass - Adults $25, Seniors $20 & Students $15
Dalhousie Ensemble Composers - 7:30pm, Dalhousie Improv. Ensemble - 8:15pm, Birds of Paradise - 9:25pm, all at the Dunn Theatre.

Tuesday, Jan. 9 - Individual Ticket
To Dream of Silence - 8pm at the Halifax Music Coop

Wednesday, Jan. 10 - Individual Ticket
Metropolis - 7pm at King's College Alumni Hall

Get your festival pass or tickets now at TicketHalifax.com or contact us.