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As musician-inventors and musician-travellers, we endlessly replay our utopias, with Babel as backdrop. The territory to explore is infinite: cultures and memories whose lines we like to shift so that they finally converge. Furthermore, we make migration and the mixing of cultures our territory. Is it perhaps our early exile that led us to return to the source, to follow the tracks of our predecessors, to tirelessly search for creative allies? Whatever it is, this awareness of belonging to several space-times is as basic to us as respiration, as inspiration.”
Drawing inspiration from the ancient trailblazing city illuminating East and West, Constantinople, founded in 1998 in Montreal, was conceived as a forum for encounters
and cross-fertilization between a wide range of musical avenues: from mediaeval
manuscripts to contemporary aesthetics, from Mediterranean Europe to the East and New World Baroque.
Constantinople is regularly invited to international festivals, where it is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. It has performed on many of the world’s major stages, including Salle Pleyel (Paris), the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), the World Sacred Music Festival of Fez (Morocco), the Festival d’Île de France (Paris), the Onassis Centre (Athens), the Festival de México en el Centro Histórico (Mexico) or the Festival de Lanaudière (Quebec). Alongside its tours around the world, Constantinople presents a successful season of creations and revivals in Montreal every year.
Over the course of the decade, the ensemble has created over 35 works and travelled to nearly 120 cities in 20 countries.