Montreal’s cutting-edge classical string band collectif9 has been gathering steam since its 2011 debut, attracting diverse audiences in varied spaces. Known for energized, innovative arrangements of classical repertoire, collectif9 employs lights, staging, and amplification more commonly seen at rock acts, and heralds a new age in genre-bending classical performance. collectif9 has already performed over 70 concerts across Canada and internationally, from summer appearances at the Festival de Lanaudière and Ottawa Chamberfest, to Québec’s Côte-Nord in February, to Christmas-time in China. The ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the crispness of a chamber ensemble for a unique experience.

collectif9’s debut album, Volksmobiles, was released in February 2016: described as “dazzling” (The WholeNote), the album exudes  “great brio and vitality” (Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review), capturing the brilliant colour and driving energy of a collectif9 live performance. Featuring folk-inspired music by Brahms, Bartók, Schnittke, and André Gagnon, collectif9’s new album also presents the world premiere recording of Canadian composer Geof Holbrook’s Volksmobiles, written for the ensemble.

During the 2018-19 season, collectif9 will launch their new album of music written by (and inspired by) Gustav Mahler – No Time for Chamber Music presents a new angle on the composer’s symphonies and lieder. With freshly printed albums under their arms and instruments on their backs, the ensemble will pack up and head to Mexico for the first time before travelling to the United States to perform on the West Coast. collectif9 returns to Europe in Spring 2019, almost one year after their debut tour on the continent in Norway.

​The musicians and friends met as students at Université de Montréal and McGill University: they wanted to create something different yet complementary to traditional representations of classical music, more relatable to pop culture. Learning from the classical works that have influenced non-classical musicians and the structure of pop concerts, collectif9 looks for ways to break the stigma of inapproachability, searches for new ways of expression within the classical medium, and attempts to foster communication and collaboration between artists and within their community.

During the 2017-18 season, collectif9 returned to Asia with concerts in China and South Korea. The group appeared in Ontario, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories, as well as in communities across the Island of Montreal as part of Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée. With the exceptional support of the Canada Council’s New Chapter program and in collaboration with Architek Percussion, collectif9 commissioned a complete show from composers Derek Charke, Nicole Lizée, Eliot Britton, Luna Pearl Woolf, and Bret Higgins. The Montreal premiere of the show took place in early 2018.

collectif9 has received a great deal of support and encouragement, and are very grateful to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, FACTOR, and Musitechnic. Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd. is proud to represent collectif9 for engagements in the United States in association with Latitude45 Arts. 

“Collectif9 brings brilliant arrangements, exuberantly performed” [Headline]
“They perform them with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention. Lula Lounge’s warm, relaxed atmosphere and intimate nightclub feel made it an ideal setting for Collectif9’s music and undoubtedly stoked the enthusiasm of the crowd.” [read full article ] The Wholenote

“[collectif9’s] uninhibited stage demeanor, casual 21st century clothing (including a Brooklyn ball cap and another sporting the logo of Portland’s classical music radio station), and sheer joy in playing great music with full commitment … distinguished this show … Their eagerness to break the mold while upholding the highest performance standards make collectif9 a model for 21st century classical music ensembles.”
Oregon Arts Watch

“Montreal’s collectif9 put on a spectacular show at last night’s Chamberfringe. From the first piece to the last encore movement nothing but artistic excellence. This, ladies and gentlemen, is where chamber music is going.”
Ottawa Chamberfest

“The string nonet collectif9 offers its public something truly as valuable as it is rare: classical repertoire revisited with passion and fearlessness.”
BachTrack

“on a peaceful night this Christmas Eve, in the midst of dazzling strobelights, collectif9 performed an unprecedented style of music… and delivered a brilliant performance concert to the broad audience in Shenzhen Concert Hall”
SHENZHEN CONCERT HALL – A Stereoscopic Rendering of Rock & Classical Music

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“Concert Report: Collectif9 brings brilliant arrangements, exuberantly performed” [Headline]
“They perform them with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention. Lula Lounge’s warm, relaxed atmosphere and intimate nightclub feel made it an ideal setting for Collectif9’s music and undoubtedly stoked the enthusiasm of the crowd.” [read full article ] The Wholenote

“[collectif9’s] uninhibited stage demeanor, casual 21st century clothing (including a Brooklyn ball cap and another sporting the logo of Portland’s classical music radio station), and sheer joy in playing great music with full commitment … distinguished this show … Their eagerness to break the mold while upholding the highest performance standards make collectif9 a model for 21st century classical music ensembles.”
Oregon Arts Watch

“Montreal’s collectif9 put on a spectacular show at last night’s Chamberfringe. From the first piece to the last encore movement nothing but artistic excellence. This, ladies and gentlemen, is where chamber music is going.”
Ottawa Chamberfest

“The string nonet collectif9 offers its public something truly as valuable as it is rare: classical repertoire revisited with passion and fearlessness.”
BachTrack

“on a peaceful night this Christmas Eve, in the midst of dazzling strobelights, collectif9 performed an unprecedented style of music… and delivered a brilliant performance concert to the broad audience in Shenzhen Concert Hall”
SHENZHEN CONCERT HALL – A Stereoscopic Rendering of Rock & Classical Music

 

collectif9 on vimeo – watch

new Mahler CD sampler video – watch
This is our version of the 3rd movement from the first symphony of our very dear Gustav Mahler, L’enterrement du chasseur (The Hunter’s Funeral Procession).

new Mahler CD promo – watch
Old Reinlender from Sonndala – watch