Ben Duinker, artistic director.
Architek Percussion is a Montréal-based quartet specializing in the performance of experimental, minimalist, multi-disciplinary, crossover, and electroacoustic chamber music. Founded in early 2012, the quartet has quickly established itself as a dynamic force in Canada’s vibrant new music community; equally comfortable in performing classic repertoire and exploring new terrain through commissions and premieres. In addition to self producing concerts in Montréal, Architek regularly tours and appears across Canada and internationally. Recent appearances include New Music Edmonton, live@CIRMMT, PASIC, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Virée Classique (OSM), Innovations en Concert, Cluster Festival (Winnipeg), the Music Gallery (Toronto), nu:nord (UK/Norway), and the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax). In addition, Architek has toured with support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Debut Atlantic, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Jeunesses Musicales Canada.
Architek has commissioned and/or premiered over 40 works by composers from Canada, France, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, USA, and the UK. Several of these commissions have led to commercial recording projects, of which Architek appears on five: Bookburners (Nicole Lizée / Centrediscs, 2014), A Boat Upon its Blood (Jason Sharp / Constellation Records, 2016), Metatron (Eliot Britton / Ambiances Magnétiques, 2017), Katana of Choice (Ben Reimer / Redshift Records, 2017), and The Privacy of Domestic Life (Architek Percussion / Centrediscs, 2017). Architek’s diverse regular repertoire is at once engaging and challenging for audiences, and is presented in a manner inspired by the quartet’s belief that given proper context, no audience member should feel alienated by the nature of a performance of contemporary art music.
Architek Percussion is Noam Bierstone, Ben Duinker, Ben Reimer, and Alessandro Valiante.