Tuesday 18.11 at 5 pm at Arkadia: ‘Free improvisation set for two cellos’ by Emilié Girard-Charest (Canada) and Sergio Castrillón (Colombia)

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to ‘Free improvisation set for two cellos’ by Emilié Girard-Charest (Canada) and Sergio Castrillón (Colombia) on Tuesday 18.11 at 5 pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

Emilié and Sergio are contemporary music cellists, composers and improvisers.


Warm regards,


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Emilié Girard-Charest

Studied cello with Denis Brott and composition with Michel Gonneville at Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. As a chamber musician, a soloist and with different ensembles (Allogène, Supermusique, La Machine), she dedicates herself to new musics. She has worked with many composers, including Malcolm Goldstein, Michel Gonneville, André Hamel, Maxime McKinley, Guillaume Primard, Fredrik Gran, Adam Basanta, Joane Hétu, Jean Derome, Jean-¬‐Philippe Collard-¬‐Neven, Jean-¬‐Luc Fafchamps, Isaiah Ceccarelli and Hans Zender. Émilie has played at numerous festivals in Québec (Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, OFF Festival de Jazz, Festival de Jazz de Montréal, Festival de Jazz de Québec, Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques), in the United States (Avant-¬‐Music Festival, New York), in Belgium (Ars Musica) and in Austria (Klangspuren Schwaz). She also played concerts in France, Germany, Estonia, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. In addition to that, she took part of various theatre and dance productions, such as Rhinocéros by Eugène Ionesco (Troupe Éponyme directed by Jocelyn Sioui), Couloir et Chambres by Philippe Minyana and La fête à Jean by Pierre-¬‐Luc Lasalle (Théâtre L’Instant, directed by André-¬‐Marie Coudou), ADN by Dennis Kelly (Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique de Montréal, directed by Sylvain Bélanger), the Physical Theater Choir Project (Vicki Tansey), The Sticks (Andrew Tay) and Reine et Oiseaux (théâtre Tête au Corps, Vincent Langlois and Émilie Sigouin). She is now working on a duet with the dancer and visual artist Sarah Bronsard.


Sergio Castrillón (Cellist/Composer/Improviser/Researcher)

Colombian artist interested in sound and any artistic manifestation. As performer he enjoys a constant activity as Cellist of Contemporary Music, (especially Latin American) improvisation works with new technologies and collaboration works with theatre performers, poetry and contemporary dance. As composer his work incorporates several instrumental formats, including Guitar and solo Cello, Cello and Piano, Trio for Harp and two Cellos, String Quartet, Colombian typical Quartet, Duet for Xylophone and Flute, Brass Quintet, String Orchestra, Percussion ensemble, Quintet and Nonet Vocal Feminine Acapella, Symphonic Band, and several works for Trio of two Cellos and Counterbass. Over the last 5 years his work has been focused in electroacoustic/instrumental and acousmatic music premiered and performed in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden and Uruguay to name but a few. He has also produced music for audio-visual projects, documentaries, short films, long films, commercial videos, One-Minute Films among others. Currently he is developing his Doctoral research at the University of Helsinki (Finland), participates as board member of KORVAT AUKI, (Composers society), and performs as cellist in different projects such as SERGIO CASTRILLÓN SOLO IMPRO PROJECT, KORVAT AUKI ENSEMBLE, LAPONIA IMPROVISATION EXPERIMENT and KAIKU DUO among others. Since 2013 he has incorporated as composition and improvisation teacher at LAPONIA IMPROVISATIONS. During the last few years he is developing a subject called: Laboratory of performance exploration and music creation in real time. This subject has been attended by students from different institutions and scopes in South America, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Estonia.