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Classical: Chamber Music World: Gypsy World: World Traditions Moods: Type: Acoustic Moods: Instrumental

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CANADA - Québec

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Duo Beija-Flor

“ ...with each instrument, they vary the timbres and ornaments, the tempi and the rhythmical interplay, as well as the harmonies that they push to the sonorities of rock, all while staying classical."
- Yves Bernard, Le Devoir

With their unique brand of ethno-classical music, Duo Beija-Flor presents a varied repertoire of works inspired from traditional and folkloric music found around the world. Guitarist Charles Hobson and flutist Marie-Noëlle Choquette began to perform together while in the midst of their graduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal. In 2009 they officially formed the Duo Beija-Flor. Since then they have performed concerts throughout Canada, the United States and Argentina. Not to be confined to the concert stage, they have released two critically acclaimed albums: Muzica (2013) and Envol (2011). Their unique combination of world and contemporary classical music has led them to being invited on several TV and radio programs (Radio-Canada, CIBL, Global TV, TVCK, Cogeco TV etc.). In 2010, they were named laureates in the competition "Mon Accès à la Scène" and in 2012, they were recipients of the grant "Fonds de promotion de la GMMQ" from Québec's chapter of the AFM.

Hailed by San Francisco's Flute Talk magazine as “ incredibly dynamic and creative team” , the duo has arranged several pieces so as to create a more personal style, one outside of the normal realm of most flute and guitar duos. To add to their arrangements of fado music from Portugal and a gypsy version of Bartok's celebrated Romanian Folk Dances, the duo went to Buenos Aires in 2015 in order to perfect their arrangements of Piazzolla's “Oblivion” and “Escualo”. To further the uniqueness of their programs, they commissioned Canadian composer Roddy Ellias to create a new work based on Cuban jazz. The piece, “Havana Street Parade” was given a world premiere at Concordia University in October 2013. With the addition of their tireless research to find works from lesser known composers that follow the duo's style, Duo Beija-Flor has created a classical flute and guitar duo that breaks the mold.