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Musique d'art (2023) finalist for the Prix Opus in the Creation of the Year category.

The finalists for the Prix Opus were announced this morning by the Conseil québécois de la musique. Projections libérantes would like to thank the musicians who created Simon Martin’s latest work, Musique d’art (2023):

  • Cristian Gort, chef
  • Cynthia Blanchon, viola
  • Onyou Lee, viola
  • Marie-Lise Ouellet, viola
  • Jean René, viola
  • Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello
  • Audréanne Filion, cello
  • Samuel-San Vachon, double bass

The results will be announced on February 4 at the Prix Opus Gala.

Projections libérantes launches its second annual fundraising campaign

The “Let’s Strike a Chord” campaign invites you to participate directly in the continuation of our project for guitar in natural harmony!

As part of the campaign, it’s up to you to choose the first slide fingerboard we’re going to build! We’ve carefully selected three different fretboard models, each with its own unique sound. Your contribution entitles you to a vote for the key of your choice. The winning fingerboard will be made following the campaign, and musical sketches performed with it will be revealed. It’s up to you to choose between the rational, the dreamy and the rebellious fretboard!

Join us on this musical adventure!

More info →


Sharing workshop on natural harmony

In the style of a potluck, Simon Martin invites professional musicians, composers and performers to bring their contribution to the table for convivial group sharing. An idea, a question, an experience, a discovery, a composition project… anything to do with natural harmony, or unconventional musical scales in general, is welcome. It’s a rendez-vous!

// WHEN? Wednesday, June 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

// WHERE? Goethe-Institut, 1626 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal

Free, with registration (places are limited)
Please fill in the form below to validate your registration.


Musique d'art (2023) : Excerpts

Video : John Klepko

Musique d'art (2023): photos from the concert

On March 5, 2023, Simon Martin’s latest composition, Musique d’art (2023), was presented as part of the festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques organized by the SMCQ. Some photos by Arach’ Pictures – Najim Chaoui, 2023:

Musique d'art (2023) : Creation in natural harmony with a unique sound!

Simon Martin continues his fascinating exploration of natural harmony with his new creation, Musique d’art (2023). The piece will be presented as part of the international festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques organized by the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec.

Rendezvous on Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

Projections libérantes launches its first fundraising campaign!

From now until December 22, participate in the campaign and contribute to the production of concert music from Quebec.

For over 10 years, Projections Libérantes has distinguished itself in this field by the originality of its creations, “strong, independent, unique proposals” performed by exceptionally talented local musicians.

Our goal for this first campaign is to raise $1000. This amount will be directly invested in Projections libérantes’ next work, Musique d’art (2023)!

Beyond its financial objective, we hope that this campaign will be an opportunity to bring together a community of inspired people, for whom creativity represents a fundamental human dimension.

Just Intonation Guitars : Esquisses #1 and #2

Created in collaboration with the École-Atelier Lutherie-Guitare Bruand, the Just Intonation guitar is now operational. Here are two compositions to hear it.

Simon Martin : composition
Jérôme Ducharme guitariste : interprétation
Simon Jolicoeur-Côté : images and editing

« Musique d'art (2015 ) » met New York at TIME:SPANS FESTIVAL

A great journey with Quatuor Bozzini!
Composition: Simon Martin
Clemens Merkel, violin
Alissa Cheung, violin
Stéphanie Bozzini, viola
Isabelle Bozzini, cello
and Pierre-Alexandre Maranda, double bass

« Musique d'art (2022) » : a wonderful premiere at FIMAV!

Press quotes:

« Le compositeur montréalais Simon Martin déborde lentement et sûrement le cercle des initiés. Ses collaborations avec des ensembles connus du circuit occidental (Zinc & Copper, Musikfabrik, Quatuor Bozzini, etc.), l’attribution en 2016 d’un prix Opus dans la catégorie  compositeur de l’année, ne sont que quelques indices des avancées de Simon Martin vers la notoriété nationale et/ou internationale. »
Alain Brunet, PAN M 360

« Sa musique très spéciale se fonde sur le déploiement de textures harmoniques qui varient progressivement en relief et en intensité, le tout conclu par une superbe ascension dans les fréquences plus aiguës. Cette linéarité du son finit par happer le mélomane et le brancher sur les microdétails de ce minimalisme apparent exprimé dans l’œuvre créée dimanche, Musique d’art (2022). »
Alain Brunet, PAN M 360
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Performed Sunday in the main sanctuary of a beautifully renovated 19th-century church, the simplicity of the music provided a calm and reflective respite from the more complex and vigorous material in most festival concerts over four days.”
Irwin Block, Avant Music News
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Long tones intersected, diverged, converged and finally built to shimmering climax. A fascinating concert.
Mike Chamberlain, All About Jazz
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The church’s special ambience was even more ideally suited to composer Simon Martin’s mesmeric minimalist work Musique d’Art (2022).
Josef Woodard, DownBeat
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First rehearsals for « Musique d'art (2022) »

This is it! The rehearsals for Musique d’Art (2022) are over. Here are some pictures!
World premiere on Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1:00 pm, at the Saint-Christophe d’Arthabaska church, during the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV)

Composition : Simon Martin

Interpretation :

  • Lyne Allard, viola
  • Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola
  • Jean René, viola
  • Émilie Girard-Charest, cello
  • Étienne Lafrance, double bass
  • Technique: Guillaume Barrette

Duration: 50 minutes

Photos by Caroline Campeau

« Musique d'art (2015) » US premiere at TIME:SPANS Festival 2022 in New York

After Montreal, Dresde and Quebec, « Musique d’art (2015) » is going to be presented in New York! The string and electronic quintet will perform at the TIME:SPANS festival on August 26, marking it the first performance of Projections Liberantes’ work in the United States.

Composition: Simon Martin

With Quatuor Bozzini:
Clemens Merkel, violon
Alissa Cheung, violon
Stéphanie Bozzini, viola

and Pierre-Alexandre Maranda, double bass

« Musique d'art (2022) » at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV)

Projections libérantes is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new creation at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV). The world premiere of Musique d’art (2022) will be presented on Sunday, May 22, 1:00 pm, at the Saint-Christophe d’Arthabaska church.

After 10 years of activity, 5 creations, 3 albums, 1 Opus Composer of the Year award, 2 national broadcasts, 1 natural harmony treatise, 1 just Intonation guitar making project, Projections libérantes is proudly returning to the forefront of the Quebec scene with a brand new 100% local work!

Musique d’art (2022) is deeply rooted in the continuity of the last decade: Simon Martin’s compositional style is more personal and more accessible than ever. His most recent innovations in natural harmony allow him to satisfy niche audiences in search of singular artistic experiences, but also the general public, to whom he offers a space to reflect outside of time.

First rehearsals of « Musique d'art (2022) »

A new work by Simon Martin 

Jean René, Victor Fournelle-Blain, Lyne Allard, viola
Émilie Girard-Charest, cello
Étienne Lafrance, double bass
Guillaume Barrette, technique

at the Goethe-Institut Montreal

Launch of the Just Intonation guitars project

Finally! We are happy to release today the first video we filmed last November at L’école-atelier Lutherie-Guitare Bruand in which Simon Martin explains the project!

A second video will be released soon about the work of the luthiers. Warning… it’s fascinating! Enjoy!

Simon Martin: artistic direction
René Wilhelmy: direction of lutherie, development and CAD/CNC programming
Dan Kelly: luthier (apprentice-technician of l’école-atelier Lutherie-Guitare Bruand)
Maxime Baron : luthier (apprentice technician of tl’école-atelier Lutherie-Guitare Bruand)
Simon Jolicoeur-Côté : images and editing

The guitar used for the shooting of this video is the work of Julien Côté (graduate of l’école-atelier Lutherie-Guitare Bruand in 2020)

The guitar used for the development of the project is the work of Élise Lacasse (graduation from l’école-atelier Lutherie-Guitare Bruand in 2018)

Just Intonation guitars project at École Lutherie-Guitare Bruand

Some pictures of the shoot on November 18th. We will reveal more to you shortly!

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Treatise : Numbers-Based Musical Harmony

After several years of work, my ebook is finally available!
I started to develop this project without realizing it, in the fall of 2017, when I was
doing prep work for what would become “Music d’art (2019)”. Little by little, my research into harmonies took the form of a “Treatise” and its “Supplements,” more than 1000 pages in all… and still growing!
I salute Robin Hayward and Marc Sabat, whose work, along with that of Harry Partch, is the main source of inspiration for the “Treatise.” I would like to thank the people who worked on the editing: Paul Bazin (content proofreading), François Couture (proofreading and translation) and Nofolio – par Noémie Darveau (art direction and graphic design). Thanks also to Sandeep Bhagwati, director of the Matralab research centre at Concordia University, who has welcomed me as a postdoctoral fellow since 2019.
I look forward to receiving your comments and reviews. I will soon be announcing workshop conferences to promote discussion on this subject!
Simon Martin

Musique d'art (2021) webcast by Ensemble Musikfabrik

Facebook Live, Septembre 9th 2021, 2pm

Recorded live at Studio of Ensemble Musikfabrik, Mediapark, Cologne, May 2021.
Composed by Simon Martin.
  • Christine Chapman, horn
  • Marco Blaauw, trumpet
  • Bruce Collings, trombone
  • Melvyn Poore, euphonium
  • Daniel Seitz, sound / technical direction
  • Janet Sinica, video
  • Hendrik Manook, sound engineering
  • Martin Schmitz, lighting

Next premiere: Musique d'art (2021)

for trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium and electronics

Projections libérantes resumes its collaboration with the musicians of Ensemble Musikfabrik to propose a work composed for a group of instruments unique in the world: four double-bell brass instruments. The double bell affords each instrument with instant or perfectly gradual transition between normal
playing and muted playing, producing striking timbre effects.

Musique d’art (2021) is an international coproduction between Projections libérantes and Ensemble Musikfabrik.


Composition: Simon Martin
Performers: Ensemble Musikfabrik

  • Marco Blaauw, trumpet
  • Christine Chapman, horn
  • Bruce Collings, trombone
  • Melvin Poore, euphonium

Audio engineering: Guillaume Barrette

Guitar project under development

We recently started working on a project for classical guitars. This project will take a few years to reach fruition as, before the composition process can begin, we need to completely redesign the fret layout to achieve new scales.

We will be sharing more information about this project, in sound and vision, very soon. Stay tuned!