14 November 2016
We finally gave our website a long overdue makeover. We made its design responsive and added functionalities to switch between languages (French and English). We hope you will find it easier to navigate through the site and browse its content.
Also, note that we updated our Canadiana section by adding new ultra-rare records. Act quick before someone else grabs those LPs and box-sets you have been looking for.
Lastly, we thought we would launch the new site with an end-of-year sale. Head over to the Online Store for discounts on all Tenzier releases.
31 August 2016
Tenzier invites you to a workshop organized by Concordia University’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery.
Free jazz “is not a form of collective hysteria,” explain the members of Jazz libre at the beginning of the 1970s. As a musical genre it is “a sort of joyous and aggressive cry of liberty, a cry of relief, an explosion of life, an audacious and sound force of affirmation.” However, collective improvisation in music (both free jazz and non-idiomatic improvisation) is always ephemeral, in effect, elusive, as it unfolds within the moment and is generally deployed at the margins of mainstream culture. Such is the case of Jazz libre’s practice of marrying politics and music, aligned as they were to the leftist sovereignty movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The same is true of the work produced by the young improvisers who founded the Atelier de musique expérimentale [Experimental Music Workshop] in 1973. What place do these groups occupy within institutional archives? Need their spontaneous compositions be inscribed in our collective memory? What challenges do improvised acts (aesthetic and/or political) present the archivist and historian? This seminar seeks to address these questions through a return to the 1970s, recruiting a vast range of archival documents (posters, correspondences, flyers, unedited recordings, newsletters, video recordings, etc.) drawn from the files of Tenzier, a non-profit cultural organization, and Concordia University’s special collections (Fonds Jean Préfontaine and Véhicule Art).
Tuesday, September 13, 2:30 – 4:30 pm (limited to ten participants): Local Records.
14 November 2015
Don’t miss the world premiere of Sur les traces d’Arthur, a documentary film directed by Saël Lacroix, at this year’s edition of RIDM. You will hear the Jazz libre du Québec during its days at “l’Amorce” (1973-1974). Tenzier is pleased to have contributed archival recordings to the project’s soundtrack. Nicknamed Arthur, André Montpetit was one of Quebec’s most celebrated visual artists, having left his mark in the comic, poster, and graphic art scenes of the 1960s and 1970s.
Sur les traces d’Arthur: Arthur.
14 September 2015
Tenzier’s fifth album, Yves Bouliane’s Champ (10 opérations), will be released officially on October 2nd, 2015. The album with be offered in limited quantities with the audio cassette À propos (de); a musical homage prepared by Alexandre St-Onge and Jean-Sébastien Truchy (in collaboration with the Montreal-based label Los Discos Enfantasmes).
LP 180 gr. (246 copies) 15$
LP 180 gr. + Audio Cassette (54 copies) 20$
More details here: TNZR054.
24 October 2014
The Cinémathèque québécoise and Tenzier partnered to present to you a retrospective of Jean-Pierre Boyer’s experimental – L’intégrale Boyer (1972-1975) – and documentary – Mémoire d’octobre (1979) and Luttopie (2002) – video works. The three-day event will conclude with a performance that will see Boyer and video artist Sabrina Ratté improvise with Montreal composers Roger Tellier-Craig and Jean-Sébastien Truchy. On November 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2014.
4 June 2013
Tenzier, Vidéographe, and Suoni Per Il Popoli present:
Electronic Quebec: Sonic and Visual Explorations at Vidéographe, 1971-1974.
Fluxus artist Nam June Paik’s use of prepared television sets in his 1963 installation “Exposition of Music – Electronic Television” is one of video art’s heroic moments. From its very beginning, this new art form embraced its ties to experimental music in its efforts to subvert the role of television in favour of a radically free expression. The commercialization of the Portapak (Sony’s first portable camera) in the mid-1960s, as well as the establishment of a network of artist-run centers and production studios, contributed to video art’s widespread acceptance within avant-garde art circles in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Founded in 1971, Vidéographe played a determinant role in the production and dissemination of video in Quebec. This screening proposes a reassessment of Vidéographe’s early years by programming six videos that explore the relationship between video art and experimental music.
This event will take place at Vidéographe (4550 Garnier street) on Friday, 21 June at 19:00. This is a free event.
More details available here: Electronic Quebec
10 November 2012
Tenzier and Daïmon present Studio d’écoute 1: free jazz et vidéo.
- Presentation: Eric Fillion (Tenzier)
- Performance: Guy Thouin and Bryan Highbloom (Nouveau jazz libre du Québec)
- Video Program (Quatuor de jazz libre du Québec):
– Y’a du dehors dedans by Pierre Monat (n. & b., 22 min., 1973)
– Ce soir on improvise : nouvelle musique au Québec by Raymond Gervais & Michel Di Torre (n. & b., 55 min. 50 sec., 1974)
21 November, 8 PM @ Daïmon (78 Hanson Street, Gatineau, QC)