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Practically 3 years after surviving sword assault, Quebec Metropolis musician heads to New York

Practically 3 years after surviving sword assault, Quebec Metropolis musician heads to New York


Whilst he packs his baggage, Quebec’s Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, can hardly imagine he’ll be residing in New York Metropolis lower than every week from now.

“It’s humorous. I’m virtually shy to say this, however that is going to be my first time in New York Metropolis,” he mentioned. “I’m going to the place the place the music I’m into is occurring.”

Bélanger de Beauport, who describes himself as a free improv cellist, was chosen for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s five-month residency in SoHo. This system is open to artists from all disciplines, from visible arts to music and literature, however solely these with greater than 10 years of expertise are eligible to use.

“I had by no means utilized earlier than, however final 12 months I believed ‘Right here’s a promise to myself: I’m making use of for the primary time for the studio in New York and I’ll be making use of for the following 10 years if I’ve to, however I’m going to go there finally,’” he mentioned. “And I bought it on the primary strive.”

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The grant offers a choose artist with a furnished condo in New York, with the purpose of absolutely immersing them within the metropolis’s artwork scene. It first got here to be in 1981 and dozens of native artists have taken half within the residency since.

“It’s an honour. I used to be chosen on the premise of my work, by my friends, by the CALQ,” Bélanger de Beauport mentioned. “But additionally it’s nice to go to New York and have an condo to myself and to simply take into consideration my artwork, however in a brand new place, in a brand new approach.”

CALQ estimates it receives between 30 to 40 functions per studio per 12 months and solely two artists are chosen, every getting a half-year keep.

It’s fairly the turnaround since not way back, Bélanger de Beauport was pressured to place his music profession on maintain. He was one in all seven folks stabbed throughout a random sword assault in Quebec Metropolis’s historic district on Halloween evening 2020. Two folks died of their accidents.

“I like that once we discuss my music now, the main focus is actually on the music and never on (the assault),” he mentioned. “However in fact, it’s part of me, and it’s part of my expertise, and lots of people in all probability know me simply due to that.”

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He went by almost two years of intensive physiotherapy and ergotherapy after the assault.

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“Something I used to be gaining, was a real acquire. … In November 2020, I couldn’t arise, so the second I may arise was such a acquire for my musical life as a result of now I may play standing up … I couldn’t use my fingers for some time, then I may use them,” he defined. “I’m not fascinated with what I may do earlier than and I can’t do now. I strive to not go in that route.”

Bélanger de Beauport has needed to make some minor adjustments to the best way he performs, however he says he doesn’t see a lot of a distinction in his music.

“My music has all the time been concerning the physique and respiration and exploring the bounds of the physique, and so in that approach, my trajectory as an artist has not modified,” he mentioned. “It’s simply the bounds of my physique are completely different. The fingers don’t really feel the identical … the shoulders are sort of completely different.”

The cellist hopes to make use of his upcoming residency as a possibility to forge new connections, but in addition to proceed his many ongoing initiatives, together with a vinyl album and 4 compositions.

“I need to see the most effective gamers, I need to hear the most effective music and hopefully, in fact, I’ll be influenced by the music I hear there,” Bélanger de Beauport mentioned. “And in addition it’s such a thriller to me how folks get to stay there, trigger it’s getting tremendous costly.”

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Bélanger de Beauport will stay and work in New York till the top of December, after which he hopes to proceed his work with the Ensemble de musique improvisée de Québec.



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