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Montreal Chamber Music Fest Welcomes Improv

We’re not sure if the mostly classical-oriented Montreal Chamber Music Festival was ever a strictly black-tie affair, but it seems that for at least three concerts this year showing up in Levi’s will be O.K.-encouraged, even. This is the first year for an informal series of concerts at the festival called “ChamberJazz and Jeans,” which will emphasize improvisation and explore the link between classical music and jazz.

The first concert, to be held on May 31, will feature violinist Gilles Apap (pictured) with his band, the Colours of Invention. Apap has made a name for himself with his knack for incorporating disparate styles of music as bluegrass and Gypsy fiddling with the standards of the classical repertoire. The set list is still in the works, but it is likely Apap will play familiar classical pieces from the likes of Vivaldi and/or Bartok and Bach along with folk tunes from around the world. Accordian player Myriam Lafar, bassist Philippe Noharet and cymbalum player Ludovit Kovac fill out Apap’s band.

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