Da Sonar Ensemble

Direction : Réjean Poirier

Regular members


CHANTAL RÉMILLARD

A founding member of Arion, Ms Rémillard has also performed with several other groups, including l’Orchestre de la Chapelle Royale de Paris, Il Complesso Barocco (Amsterdam), Ars Musica, The American Baroque Ensemble, Carl Phillip Ensemble, Les Nations, Haydn Heritage, Stradivaria Ensemble (Nantes) and the Anima Aeterna Orchestra (Belgium). She is concertmaster for the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal and plays regularly with Les Idées Heureuses in Montreal and Tafelmusik in Toronto. Numerous concert tours and recordings brought Ms. Rémillard to the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. To her credit, she has more than thirty CD recordings on Analekta, Sony Classical, UMUS, Titanic, ATMA, Rem. Deutsche Harmonia Mudi, ADDA and CBC. Ms. Rémillard teaches baroque violin at Université de Montréal and McGill University.


MARGARET LITTLE

Margaret has been performing since 1975 as a soloist and a chamber musician on the viola da gamba and baroque viola with various groups including the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Idées Heureuses, Arion, Musica Divina, and she founded the viola da gamba duo "Les Voix Humaines" with Susie Napper over fifteen years ago. She has been invited to play with many early music groups such as Cappricio Stravagante, Fuocco e Cenere, Rebel, Four Nations, Trinity Consort, Aradia, Les Violons du Roy, etc.) and has toured in North America, Mexico and Europe. She can be heard regularly on the SRC and CBC networks. She has also performed for Radio-France, the Spanish radio and the BBC, and has recorded for the ATMA, Damzell, UMMUS, Naxos, and CBC Records labels. Margaret Little teaches viola da gamba and baroque ensembles at the Université de Montréal and at the CAMMAC Lake Mac Donald Music Centre.

 

GRÉGOIRE JEAY

Grégoire Jeay, specialized in baroque flute, performs regularly in concert in Quebec and Canada, he played in France, Belgium, Mexico, Turkey, England and the United States. He is recognized for his musicality and expressiveness but also for his sense of ornamentation and improvisation. His virtuosity on the flute is also transposed to the recorder and also on several countries flutes. Indeed, in addition to Baroque music, among other things he is interested in medieval music, Irish, Arab-Andalusian, Sephardic, and participated in several concerts and recordings with ensembles specialized in this music (La Mandragore, Constantinople, Skye Consort, La Nef).

He performs and records regularly with musicians, singers and conductors recognized internationally as: Tafelmusik in Toronto, Les Idées Heureuses, Theatre of Early Music, Les Voix Humaines, Karina Gauvin, Suzie LeBlanc, Emma Kirkby, Marie-Josée Lord, Hélène Guilmette, Daniel Taylor, Luc Beauséjour, Olivier Brault, Hendrik Bouman, Simon Standage, Sylvain Bergeron and many others.

On top of his activities as a flutist, Grégoire Jeay composes and arranges soundtracks, but also music for various instruments. He has composed for the circus Gilbert Gruss for documentaries (Mystic Women of the Middle-Ages) but also for L'ensemble La Mandragore as well as works of electronic music.


RÉJEAN POIRIER

Réjean Poirier's musical studies  were completed at the Montreal and Toulouse conservatories with renowned masters such as Bernard Lagacé, Kenneth Gilbert and Xavier Darasse. He was awarded First Prizes in organ and chamber music and won, at the end of his studies, First Prize at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Bruge. 

Upon returning to Montreal in 1974, he founded, together with Christopher Jackson and Hélène Dugal, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, and acted as its joint Artistic Director for nearly fifteen years. In 1990, he put together the Da Sonar ensemble. He is also a co-founder of two organ recitals series: Pro Organo and Les Concerts d'orgue de Montréal. 

Dean of the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal from 1998 to 2006, now Professor Emeritus, Réjean Poirier teaches harpsichord and organ and continues an international career on both instruments. He has played regularly with ensembles such as the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Les Violons du Roy, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Laval Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra. He has recorded extensively both on organ and harpsichord as a soloist and chamber musician.