zone confortable


Zone confortable is the second work of a triptych. While the first work, Chronique, integrated eclectic material, this one deals with a much more restricted environment.

I started from a simple idea, i.e. the repetition and progressive degradation of material. A homophonic and rhythmic formula, derived from recordings of barking dogs, is shifted down continuously throughout the piece. This process leads, through a predictable and insistent environment, up to a point where confusing events (such as Luna Park sounds heard through walky-talkies) “take over” the rigidity of the process which then comes back shortly after, evocative of circular narration.

Patrick Saint-Denis CA

Born in Québec City in 1975, Patrick Saint-Denis studied composition at conservatories in Québec City, Montréal and The Hague where his teachers included Serge Provost, Clarence Barlow and Louis Andriessen. His catalogue features a dozen works, including: Les dits de Victoire, for string octet (Jules-Léger prize 2004, First prize Socan 2003), Le discours aux animaux, for orchestra (First prize Socan 2002) and Berceuse pour enfants perdus, for chamber orchestra and female voice (First prize Socan 2003). His music has been played at many festivals, such as the International Gaudeamus Music Week (The Netherlands, 2003, 2004), Montréal Nouvelles Musiques (Canada, 2005) and the ISCM World Music Days in Zagreb (Croatia, 2005). He has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec. He currently resides in Montréal. His music transports us into a world of emotion and memory. His influences are various: Charles Ives, Anton Webern, Gérard Grisey but also Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Robert Lepage, Peter Handke.

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