Forestare is an ensemble composed of 12 guitars and double bass. It has existed for 16 years.
Since its inception, the ensemble has participated in the creation of close to 50 original works and has adapted nearly another 100 for its unique make-up. In doing this, the ensemble has created the largest repertoire of music for guitar orchestra in the world.
The ensemble’s third recording, Forestare Baroque, released by 2xHD recordings, also received praise from critics and music lovers from around the world. The idea for the album was conceived while Forestare was “artists in residence” at the contemporary art museum, l’Arsenal de Montréal. The album, Forestare Baroque was produced by the renown André Perry and recorded by sound engineer, René Laflamme. The album was number one for over a month on sales charts across several high-definition recording websites in countries such as Germany, Japan, England, and the United States. Forestare has presented their baroque program more than 20 times throughout Quebec and Toronto.
Feeding off of this experience, Forestare is again pushing its boundaries with the adaptation of several grand works from composers Debussy, Ravel along with Germaine Taillefer. These impressionistic works will share the program with current French guitar composers Roland Dyens and Arnaud Dumond. The ensemble is currently working on their new opus along with a multimedia show based upon this new project.
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