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Concordia, with the OSM

An immersive experience in the Maison Symphonique de Montréal

2017 - Montreal

Montreal’s soul is woven through an original symphony composed by Samy Moussa, conducted by Kent Nagano, and staged by Moment Factory.

To celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal invited composer Samy Moussa and Moment Factory to collaborate on a unique symphony experience.

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For this original work to be an authentic ‘co-creation’, both musical and visual parts of the experience had to evolve in parallel. Our task was to visually amplify the orchestra’s sound without taking attention away from the subtleties of the composition. We set ourselves this challenge in honour of our hosts; the Maison Symphonique is dedicated first and foremost to the enjoyment of classical music.

Four movements, each introduced by the soulful words of Montreal poets, shape the composition’s arc: Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. This is why we also took a poetic approach to the visual elements, searching for simple but evocative effects. Generated by interactive technology, for example, we created real-time visuals from Maestro Nagano’s movements. In another scene, a dancer’s movements manipulate projections on a floor-to-ceiling curtain. The combination of human and technology offers a dreamy evocation of Montreal that plunges spectators into an immersive and multi-sensorial voyage.

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