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About Pemi Paull:

A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music, Pemi Paull is a true 21st-century artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish, an original and unorthodox chamber music collective based in Montreal, as well as director of programming for Toronto’s Music in the Barns concert series at the Wychwood Barns.

Pemi's activities have brought him to the forefront of Montreal's contemporary music world. He is a member of three important new music ensembles in Montreal, Bradyworks, Ensemble Kore, and SMCQ. In addition, Pemi has premiered works for viola by composers including Scott Godin, Andre Ristic, Rose Bolton, Emily Hall, and Nicolas Gilbert, Michael Oesterle and Tim Brady. He gave the Canadian premiere of Prologue, for viola and electronic resonator, by French composer Gerard Grisey. Francois Tousignant, of Montreal's Le Devoir, wrote of the performance, ". . . Voilà un emanière different ed'user de la 'monodie' d'autant plus con vain quante que l'interprète, totalement engagé, en fait ressortir tout l'artinspiré et inspirant." An avid recitalist, Pemi has been gaining a reputation as one of the few violists in the world to present, with growing frequency and critical acclaim, full programmes of unaccompanied repertoire for viola, spanning three centuries, from Biber to works newly commissioned for him.

In the sphere of historical performance, Pemi is a member of Ensemble Caprice, with whom he has recorded six discs for Analekta, winning a Juno in the process, as well as Daniel Taylor's Theatre of Early Music. Pemi plays on a viola built in 1789 by the Parisian luthier and Jacobin revolutionary, Léopold Renaudin.


Cancelled - Arcadian Visions


Montreal-based violist Pemi Paull performs a recital that reflects his multifaceted profile as a solo performer, interspersing rarely heard works by some of the most interesting musical voices of today, with surprising and inventive arrangements of masterpieces re-appropriated for the viola. Garrowby Hill, a four-movement work for solo viola, is by Canadian composer Michael Oesterle, whose inspiration was the pastoral work of painter David Hockney. Al-Hisar, by the Australian composer Katia Tiutiunnik, is an Arabic-influenced work; it complements Paull’s own transcription of Georges Enescu’s gypsy-inspired movement for solo violin, “The Fiddler.” Bookending the concert are the profoundly spiritual Passacaglia by Biber, originally for violin, one of the earliest unaccompanied string works ever written, and an intimate solo viola arrangement of the Adagietto from Mahler’s 5th symphony by New York composer and violist Ljova.


Heinrich Biber (1644-1704): Passacaglia
Michael Oesterle (b. 1968): Garrowby Hill
Katia Tiutiunnik (b. 1967): al-Hisar
GeorgeEnescu (1881-1955): “The Fiddler” (Lautarul), from Impressions d'Enfance
Gustav Mahler(1860-1911) arr. Ljova: Adagietto from Fifth Symphony, arr. for solo viola

Thanks to Vivian and David Campbell.

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