Presenting Performance Arts since 1982

Since its founding in 1982, Traquen’Art has distinguished itself not only by the originality of its position in the community, but also by the quality of its offerings. With more than 500  presentations and productions, and numerous tours to its credit, many as premier events, Traquen’Art has been committed to introducing to Montreal the rich diversity found in the music of world cultures. We are also engaged in the promotion and advancement of contemporary forms of musical expression, with a particular bias towards the art forms of improvised music, though we have over the years embraced other creative music practices that test the boundaries or push the envelope.

These presentations, be they in the fields of the generically titled World Music domain or in contemporary music, illustrate the spirit of the organization, for whom music is a universal meeting ground for the mind, the heart and the soul of beings. A spirit that seeks to demonstrate the vivid and multifarious richness of musical expression. In other words, a spirit of discovery and openness that seeks out the innovative, original and meaningful, with one constant – quality. Be it in World Music or contemporary creative music, Traquen’Art seeks to enhance and diversify the audience. For the same reason render it receptive, curious and open to the creative richness of human expression found in and through music, a stepping stone towards embracing the other.

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Selected World Music artists presented by Traquen’Art:

Houria Aicha (Algeria/France)
Manu Dibango (Cameroon)
Ali Farka Touré (Mali)
Morin Khuur (Mongolia)
Baaba Maal (Senegal)Musafir (Rajastan-India)
Bale Folklorico da Bahia (Brazil)Mystical Arts of Tibet
Beijing Kunju Opera Theatre (China)Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistan)
Bulgarian Women’s Choir –Le Mystère des voixPapo Ross & Orquesta. Pambiche (Mtl /Dom.Rep.)
Dancers and Musicians of Bali (Indonesia)Pedro Bacan & Bacan Clan (Spain)
Eco Andino (Montréal/Bolivia)Pokorovsky Ensemble (Russia)
Elio Révé & Orquesta (Cuba)Soeur Marie Keyrouz (Lebanon)
Féla Kuti (Nigeria)Salif Keita (Mali)
Illapu (Chili)Tabu Ley Rochereau (Zaire-Congo)
Inti-Illimani (Chili)Taraf da Haïdouks (Romania)
King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)Toure Kunda (Senegal)
Kodo Drummers (Japan)Tuva Ensemble (Republic of Tuva/Siberia)
Inuits of Povungnituk and GreenlandVishwa Mohan Bhatt (India)
Mahmood Ghania (Morocco)Whirling Dervishes (Turkey)
Mercedes Sosa (Argentina)Youssou N'Dour (Senegal)

Selected Actuelle, Composed and Improvised Music presented by Traquen’Art:

Arditti Quartet (UK)Arditti Quartet (UK)
Art Ensemble of Chicago (USA)Roscoe Mitchell Sound Ensemble (USA)
Peter Brötzmann (Germany)Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montréal)
Iva Bittova (Czech Republic)NOW Orchestra (Vancouver)
Jean Derome (Montréal)Sigfried Palm (Germany)
Double Wind Cello Trio (Toronto)Paul Plimley (Vancouver)
Fred Frith (UK)Ernst Reijseger (Holland) - in residence
Philip Glass Ensemble (USA)Frederic Rzewski (USA/Belgium)
Globe Unity Orchestra (international)Ruins (Japan)
Malcolm Goldstein (USA) -in residenceKazue Sawai Koto Ensemble (Japan)
Tristan Honsinger (USA/Holland)Sound Pressure (Toronto)
Peter Kowald (Germany) - in residenceTalking Pictures (Vancouver)
Steve Lacy (USA/France) - in residenceMartin Tétreault (Montréal)
Joëlle Léandre (France)
Pauline Vaillancourt (Montréal)
Margaret Leng Tan (Singapore)
World Saxophone Quartet (USA)
Robert M. Lepage (Montréal)John Zorn (USA)
René Lussier (Montréal)