Water’s Edge

  • April 7, 2017
    7:30 pm
Amphithéâtre — Le Gesù
1200, rue de Bleury — Montréal, Québec


  • Celtic fiddle, string quartet, and processing
    • 1. Prelude
    • 2. Gathering
    • 3. Hollow
    • 4. Distant Waters
    • 5. Still Juniper Snow
    • 6. Winter Tendrils
    • 7. Lament
    • 8. Postlude
  • Québécois traditional, Le Money Musk [arr. 2017 Laura Risk] (arr. 2017)
    Celtic fiddle, and string quartet
  • Gaelic traditional, Cum uam do laimh fhionnar [arr. 2017 Laura Risk, Sarah-Jane Summers] (arr. 2017)
    Celtic fiddles


Monty AdkinsWater’s Edge is based on techniques and tunes from the Hardanger fiddle tradition of the west coast of Norway. In addition, particularly influential on the work is the sound of the hardanger fiddle itself, with its emphasis on double-stopping, drones and the resonance of the sympathetic understrings. These qualities will be expanded across the whole string ensemble and electronics creating the sound on stage of a meta-fiddle.

In the second part of the concert, traditional folk music experts, Sarah-Jane Summers and Laura Risk, present traditional Québécois, Gaelic, Scottish and Norwegian tunes on Celtic and Hardanger violins. Quatuor Bozzini joins them in performance of some original arrangements written by the two musicians.

Co-presented with Le Vivier.