Oktopus

BIOGRAPHY

Oktopus is a major presence on the Canadian world music scene, with over 250 performances to its credit at home and abroad. The group is primarily devoted to klezmer—the musical heritage of Eastern European Jews—distinguished by a novel approach that incorporates various components of the classical and Quebecois repertoire, with some jazz and Balkan accents. 


The group’s eight virtuoso musicians offer festive, high-energy performances, at once melancholic and profound, sprinkled with humour and spiced with narrative, in which original compositions and finely crafted arrangements combine with improvisation. Its members’ complicity, shared passion, and hard work are what makes each of their performances so memorable— whether on stage, in the street, on a ship, in a hot air balloon or in your living room, Oktopus is simply… spectentacular!


Oktopus’ distinctive music is undeniably rooted in the klezmer tradition, reflecting the rich history of a thousand-year old community, its persecutions and celebrations, tears and laughter, or both at the same time. Musicians of yesteryear incorporated in their repertoire the music they encountered on their journeys, and just like them, the members of Oktopus are inspired by the music they hear throughout their own travels. Thus, the melodies 


of several classical composers, such as Bartók, ​Brahms, Prokofiev or Enescu are rearranged by the octet, particularly their works derived from folk themes. Quebec songwriters are also sources of inspiration, with Leclerc and Vigneault being added to the group’s repertoire. 


MUSICIANS

  • Gabriel Paquin-Buki – clarinet, composition and arrangements
  • Veronica Ungureanu– violin
  • Noémie Caron-Marcotte​ - flute
  • Matthieu Bourget – bass trombone
  • Madeleine Doyon – tenor trombone
  • Guillaume Martineau – piano
  • Maxime Philippe – drums and percussions
  • Francis Pigeon – trumpet


AWARDS

  • « Special prize for the most creative fusion of ancient and contemporary music traditions » awarded by the Slovak Radio Bratislava - 2021​
  • ​Nominee - Canadian Folk Music Award 2018
  • Nominee - Juno Award 2018
  • ​Grand gagnant de la 8me édition du concours les syli d’or de la musique du monde​​

​FROM QUEBEC - CANADA

  • Danse hongroise no5, Brahms
  • Le Grand Cerf-Volant, Gilles Vigneault
  • Oy Tate S'iz Gut, Traditionnel

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