From June 2-5, the group Wooden Shapes from Trois-Rivières will represent Canada at the prestigious Festival international de musique universitaire (FIMU) in France.
Every year, the city of Belfort transforms into a great music scene and welcomes more than a thousand music students from fifteen countries. Due to the pandemic, the event had been canceled in 2020 and 2021.
Julien Chandonnet, David Beaudry, Étienne Demers, William Boisvert, Maggie Dudemaine and François Brunelle are eagerly and enthusiastically looking forward to participating in FIMU, especially since this participation is an award that the group won during the 2019 edition of Cégeps en spectacle.
“We are very excited! It will be quite an experience for us and our first experience abroad of this kind. The festival features really varied musical styles and we’ll all be students at the venue, says cellist Maggie Dudemaine. It promises to be an extremely rewarding experience. It is a festival of a few days, but we will have the opportunity to do many presentations in many different places. As a musician, it’s rare to be able to experience that. »
One would expect the string ensemble to specialize in classical music. However, although all six members have classical music backgrounds, Wooden Shapes sounds like their mission to cross the boundaries of classical music to explore various styles. Together, violins, violas, cellos and double basses are pushed to the limit for performances never heard before.
“We want music to be accessible to everyone. We can reinterpret film music, traditional songs from La Bottine Sourieuse, as well as hits from Supertramp or Queen, in our own way. We also have this peculiarity that we also do our original compositions”, he underlines.
The curious will be able to savor the musical program that will be presented at FIMU on May 22 at 3:00 p.m. at 225, rue Lupien. A voluntary contribution will be requested to allow the musicians to finalize the final expenses related to the project.
“We hope to welcome a lot of people. It is a particular program that we have prepared precisely for the festival. It’s not just rock. We have fun in all styles, including some of our compositions,” says Maggie Dudemaine.
Wooden Shapes has also launched a crowdfunding campaign through the La Ruche platform to raise funds to help the group finance part of the accommodation, transportation and food expenses in France for the six musicians. So far, the campaign has exceeded 45% of the $6,000 goal.
To support wooden forms in La Ruche: https://laruchequebec.com/en/project/six-young-musicians-represent-canada-in-france
Later this summer, Wooden Shapes will offer an instrumental rock show at Quai en fête, in Bécancour.