Concert for eight pianos in collaboration with the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal

Composer and conductor: Patrice Coulombe,

Pianist: Marybelle Frappier
With the pianists from the Conservatoire: Marie-Pier Allard, Philippe Bortsov-Soushko, Yogane Lacombe, Rosanne Lajoie, Élisabeth Pion, Lucy Pu, Yi Jia Zhao

In the series of Goldberg Experienced works (four of which are included in the exhibition Patrick Bernatchez: Les Temps inachevés), the artist explores Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations (composed around 1740) through various sound and musical experiments.

In Goldberg Experienced.04, Bernatchez, in collaboration with composer Patrice Coulombe, draws directly from 77K, 1er, 2e, 3e mouvement (Goldberg Experienced.03), in which eight altered vinyl recordings of Glenn Gould’s 1981 performance are playing simultaneously. Transposing the piece back into a composition for eight pianos, he turns the sounds of the damaged records into the matrix for a new work. The piece was performed live for the first time by eight pianists and recorded at Casino Luxembourg under Coulombe’s direction.