Review

Mike Chamberlain, All About Jazz, May 25, 2019

Joane Hétu has been an important person in Montréal’s very active experimental music community for over thirty years, with a respectable list of recordings and frequent performances of ambitious works. Her ensemble Joker is a “noise choir” that she uses to explore the possibilities of the human voice. The performance at 8 o’clock Sunday evening was a world premiere of a piece titled Les Lucioles, in which Hétu “plays” her ensemble, choreographed in their movements and gestures and sounds. This is an ambitious work, requiring the utmost of precision and attention to detail, and while I do not know exactly what it was about — and maybe it wasn’t supposed to be about anything other than what it was — this was a crowning achievement for Hétu.

This is an ambitious work, requiring the utmost of precision and attention to detail…