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Magillah

Magillah is a multifaceted ensemble whose projects and roots are found in the music and history of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews. Henri Oppenheim, a Paris-born composer and accordionist of Jewish origin, leads this Montreal-based ensemble. He has been active in the Canadian and international world music scene for the last fifteen years (ex-leader of Kleztory, Opus Prize 2007 for world music album of the year in Quebec).

The 2013 album, “Fotografie” (Finalist for Opus Prize, 2013), pays homage to Klezmer and the great Yiddish standards. The works spanning a range from nostalgia to joyous celebration forms the basis of today’s program. Julie Triquet, I Musici’s concert master, was the violin soloist on the album and has been an invaluable collaborator with Magillah for many years.

Magillah's newest album, «Tur Malka: New songs of Yiddish Montreal», was produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Coeur de Pirate among others) and released in february 2016. It is a musical setting of works by leading figures of Canadian Yiddish literature of the 20th century, and aims to revive an important period of Yiddish culture in Canada. Oppenheim’s poignant melodic tunes reveal a range of styles from folk ballads to electro-infused popular songs. "Tur Malka” was premiered as an orchestral suite in June 2014 in Montreal’s principal concert hall, la Maison Symphonique, and will be performed in a symphonic setting in feb. 2016 with the Orchestre Métropolitain.











Henri Oppenheim - Sala Rosa 2008

Henri Oppenheim (accordion, artistic director, producer, arranger) is an accordionist from Paris and now Montreal. A former researcher in mathematics, Henri studied composition and orchestration at McGill University. As accordionist, he then directed the Montreal klezmer ensemble Kleztory for 4 years, producing between 2002 and 2012 over 200 concerts in Canada, the United States, South-America, China and Europe, including concerts with les Orchestres Symphoniques de Montréal et de Québec and I Musici de Montréal. With I Musici de Montreal he recorded a CD in 2004 for the prestigious classical British label Chandos. A Montreal-based multi-instrumentalist, he has done many artistic collaborations, as composer, arranger, musical director, accordionist, percussionist and producer, primarily in the fields of Jewish music and francophone song. He regularly gives conferences about klezmer and yiddish music.

Michelle Heisler (singer) is a crowd pleaser whose voice, stage presence, and acting talent have made her one of the most recognized performers in English Montreal. Her acting career has taken her across Canada, the United States, and Europe. A graduate of McGill University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, she has worked on the stage, and on both the big and small screen. She starred in Evita (Centuar Theatre, Montreal), played Katherine in Henry V (Studio One, NYC), Desiree in Stephen Sonheim’s A Little Night Music (DaCapo Productions, Montreal and Toronto), played opposite Fyvush Finkel in Fineman Dictionary (Place des Arts, Montreal), and most recently, played Rachel in Nikila Cole’s award winning NFB short, My Father Joe. She has lent her voice to such cartoons as Caillou, Mona the Vampire, Arthur, and Miss Mallard Mysteries (Cinar). In 2009 she appeared as one of 3 soloists at Oscar Peterson Hall (Montreal).

Gabriel Paquin-Buki (clarinet) started playing clarinet at age twelve. In college he performed as a soloist with the Cegep Saint-Laurent's symphonic orchestra and woodwind orchestra. In 2009, he joined Jean-François Normand's class at the University of Montreal. In 2011, Gabriel performed Stravinski and Malher as first chair under the direction of Kent Nagano and Jean-François Rivest. His schooling was enriched by the teachings of Paul Meyer, Yehuda Gilad and Charles Niedich. In may 2014, his klezmer band Oktopus won the first prize of Les Syli d'Or de la musique du monde, and released their first album Lever l'Encre in June 2014.

Vanessa Marcoux (violin) holds a BA in performance from McGill University as well as a baccalaureat in composition from the University of Montreal. She performs regularly as a soloist, as well as in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in styles including classical, contemporary and world music. She is also interested in musical improvisation. Her studies have continued in France, Germany as well as Canada. Her diverse interests and musical experiences are part of a life project to explore in depth the role of her instrument in the modern age.

KLEZ-KABARET
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A CELEBRATION OF JEWISH MUSIC
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Klez-Kabaret is a quartet setting (clarinet, violin, accordion / vocals, percussion) of Jewish instrumental music and songs, from the wildest klezmer to the most finely chiseled arrangements; from glorious Yiddish hits to beautiful original songs on poems from Yiddish Montreal.
Klez-Kabaret builds a bridge between cultures and links the past an the present, always with sensitivity and humor. Prepare to dance, laugh and cry!

The group can be a trio, quartet or more, depending on the occasion. The standard formation is the quartet.

• Vanessa Marcoux : Violin
• Henri Oppenheim : Accordion, guitar, accordion, voice
• Gabriel Paquin-Buki : Clarinet
• (optional) Éric Breton : Percussion
• (optional) Mathieu Deschenaux : Double Bass


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Di Sapozhlekekh (The boots) - Magillah (Trad.)
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Freylakh (Dance) - Magillah (Trad. klezmer)
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Landshaft (Landscape) - Magillah (original song)
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Vi blimelekh in regn (Like little flowers in the rain) - Magillah (original song)
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Magillah
THE TEAM
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Gabriel Paquin-Buki (clarinet) started playing clarinet at age twelve. In college he performed as a soloist with the Cegep Saint-Laurent's symphonic orchestra and woodwind orchestra. In 2009, he joined Jean-François Normand's class at the University of Montreal. In 2011, Gabriel performed Stravinski and Malher as first chair under the direction of Kent Nagano and Jean-François Rivest. His schooling was enriched by the teachings of Paul Meyer, Yehuda Gilad and Charles Niedich. In may 2014, his klezmer band Oktopus won the first prize of Les Syli d'Or de la musique du monde, and released their first album Lever l'Encre in June 2014.
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Vanessa Marcoux (violin) holds a BA in performance from McGill University as well as a baccalaureat in composition from the University of Montreal. She performs regularly as a soloist, as well as in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in styles including classical, contemporary and world music. She is also interested in musical improvisation. Her studies have continued in France, Germany as well as Canada. Her diverse interests and musical experiences are part of a life project to explore in depth the role of her instrument in the modern age.

For over 15 years, Éric Breton (percussions) has been specializing himself as a percussionist in World Beat music. Under Luc Boivin’s wing at Université du Québec à Montréal, he developed his knowledge of Latin and popular percussions. Throughout his career, his many collaborations with various artists from an array of horizons and backgrounds helped him hone his art form, and more specifically World music and percussions. His most recent work has lead him to enrich and adapt his repertoire to include music as broad as Algerian, Moroccan, Irish, Peruvian, Argentinean, Spanish and Indian as well as traditional Québécois music.
Renowned and respected as an artist and percussionist in Montreal’s World Beat community, Éric regularly shares the stage with different groups such as Ragleela, Arométis, Gravity Trio, Massiel Yanira, Trio Expresso and flamenco companies and projects.





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