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“Tour de France” named Chronicle Herald Pick of the Week

The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS)

What’sHap, Thursday, April 2, 2015, p. D3

Trio Arkaede Tour de France (Leaf Music); Pick of the Week

Classical, or orchestral, music doesn’t always get its fair share ofattention in this space, but it’s always a treat when an East Coast recording of note in this vein comes across my desk, and Tour de France by New Brunswick’s Trio Arkaede, on the Halifax label Leaf Music, hits on a lot of my melodic pleasure centres.

The country of origin of the trio’s selections is obvious in thetitle, with an emphasis on the early half of the 20th century, a period of great change extending from Mel Bonis’s sprightly Suite en Trio, Op. 59 to the dreamy expressionism of Claude Debussy’s Sonate pour Violon et Piano, L 140.

Sweden-born flautist Karin Aurell, violinist and violist Isabelle Fournier (also principal second violin with Symphony Nova Scotia) and pianist Julien LeBlanc revel in the era’s diversity, and perform with a great deal of mutual sympathy, especially on a piece like Reynaldo Hahn’s Romanesque in C Major, where Aurell and Fournier turn the tonal differences between their instruments to their advantage, and their perfectly synced layersof sound delight the ear.

For more info: www.leaf-music.ca

By Stephen Cooke

Arts Reporter

© 2015 The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, NS). All rights reserved.

 

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Leaf Music productions receive 2015 ECMA nominations

– THE 2015 EAST COAST MUSIC WEEK takes place April 8-12 in St. John’s, Newfoundland with the AWARDS GALA taking place Thursday, April 9.

HALIFAX, Jan. 29, 2015 /LEAF MUSIC INC./ – At yesterday’s announcement of the nominees for THE 2015 EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS, three Leaf Music productions received nominations. Leaf Music is an independent recording label with an emphasis on high quality classical music recordings by Atlantic Canadian artists and composers. The label is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was established in 2012 by Fredericton-born music producer Jeremy VanSlyke.

Sackville, New Brunswick-based chamber ensemble Trio Arkaède received an ECMA nomination for their 2014 recording “Tour de France,” an exploration of the exotic musical landscape of early 20th Century Paris. La Scena Musicale calls the ensemble “three of Atlantic Canada’s best chamber musicians” and praised the album’s impressive curation of repertoire in a recent review. The group consists of flutist Karin Aurell, violinist Isabelle Fournier and pianist Julien LeBlanc. The recording garnered a nomination in the category of Classical Recording of the Year, alongside Roger Lord’s recent recording “Chinese Piano Treasures,” also produced by Leaf Music.

Roger Lord enjoys an active international career as a concert pianist, and teaches piano at Université de Moncton in New Brunswick. He has enjoyed great success with Chinese audiences, having given more than a hundred performances in the country. Throughout his travels in China over nearly two decades, he collected numerous short piano pieces based on Chinese folk songs that he chose to record on “Chinese Piano Treasures” in Beijing.

In the Gospel Recording of the Year category, Brunswick Street Baptist Church in Fredericton received a nomination for their recording “200 Christmases” which celebrates the congregation’s historic bicentennial with a recording that celebrates Christmas. With an eclectic blend of traditional choral and chamber music, as well as Christian Contemporary Adult holiday songs, the album was a favourite for Christian radio stations in the region during the 2014 holiday season.

 


 

About Leaf Music Inc. Leaf Music is the first integrated recording label in Atlantic Canada with a focus on the production of high quality classical recordings.

Web Links: Official ECMA Awards website: www.ecma.com Leaf Music Inc website: www.leaf-music.ca CARAS website: www.carasonline.ca Trio Arkaede Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/trioarkaede

Twitter: Leaf Music – @LeafMusicInc image: http://www.leaf-music.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/trioarkaede.jpeg

For more information on Leaf Music and Trio Arkaede, contact:
Jeremy VanSlyke, 902.802.1526 or jeremy@leaf-music.ca
Karin Aurell, 506.536.8762 or karin.aurell@yahoo.ca

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‘Montage’ New CD from Saint John String Quartet

Join the ECMA award-winning Saint John String Quartet for the release of their new recording, Montage, on October 27 at 10:30 am.  Enjoy live performances by the quartet at Saint John Theatre Company, 112 Princess Street, in Saint John, NB.  This event is open to the public and admission is free.  For more information, contact (506) 657-5102.

Montage was recorded and produced by Jeremy VanSlyke and Leaf Music in early 2014.  It will be made available on CD as well as iTunes, Amazon and other digital music sources on October 27.  The recording features works for string quartet by composers with a connection to Atlantic Canada including Martin Kutnowski, Eldon Rathburn, Michael Miller, and Tony Genge.  The recording was made possible in part through a grant from the government of New Brunswick.  The recording was made at the beautiful Our Lady of Perpetual Hope church in Rothesay, NB and was the first time the group made a recording using high resolution 88.2/24 bit digital recording technology.  Leaf Music produced and mastered the group’s previous recording in 2011 Saint John String Quartet & Jacques Dupriez which garnered a JUNO nomination for ‘Classical Composition of the Year.’

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‘Tour de France’ New CD from ‘Trio Arkaède’

June 12, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Halifax, Nova Scotia: Newly-established classical recording label, Leaf Music Inc., is pleased to announce the release of “Tour de France” by Trio Arkaède, an ensemble made up of three of Canada’s most astute chamber musicians.  This is the second CD release for the ensemble, which consists of violinist and violist Isabelle Fournier, flutist Karin Aurell, and pianist Julien LeBlanc.  The recording features chamber music by French composers from the early 20th Century including Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc as well as lesser-known works by Mel Bonis, Maurice Duruflé, Reynaldo Hahn and Philippe Gaubert.