Isabelle Fortier (harpist, Québec Symphony Orchestra)
Norman Nawrocki (violinist)
Expect extraordinarily beautiful musical pranksterisms and melodic explorations when one of Québec's top classical harpists combines forces with Montréal's most notorious anarcho fiddler. Abused strings & spoken words collide.
Nawrocki plays his violin & viola with pedals, toys & a vibrator; Fortier plays her harp with a metal rod, bow, and a whip. The result: neither classical nor contemporary, but more 'alternative/experimental/ambient/musique actuelle,' and live 'soundscapes,' as opposed to songs.
And for the purists, Fortier sometimes plays her harp traditionally, i.e., 'classically.' Nawrocki uses his sampler/looper and incorporates spoken word texts in french & english. Watch for debut album.
Isabelle Fortier, harpist with the Québec Symphony Orchestra, has had a long career in the international orchestral scene. She's played with the Metropolitan Orchestra, l'Orchestre des grands Ballets Canadiens and Les Violons du Roy, and was a regular guest on Radio-Canada. She's played with the SMCQ, and is a regular guest in the Série innovations en Concert. She's been a guest soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, The Contemporary Chamber Players of Chicago and the l'Orchestre Symphonique de la Montérégie. She has also performed in various orchestras in the USA, Europe (the Festival Dei Due Mondi de Spoleto, Italy) and in Japan.