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Michael John Dubue's Chamber Feast

  • St Alban's 454 King Edward Ave Ottawa (map)


Join us for an early evening concert of new music with performances by Pemi Paull, Thomas Annand, Socalled and the string quartet Warhol Dervish. Featuring the music of György Ligeti, Arvo Pärt, Richard Reed Parry, Bryce Dessner and the premiere of new string quartet works from Michael John Dubue.

Live projected visuals accompany the music as VJ Hard Science processes footage of the performance and generates synthesized video patterns using LZX video synth and Fairlight CVI. The Record Centre are recording the concert in its entirety down to 2 track tape, which will be made available for future releases.


8:15pm - Thomas Annand (solo harpsichord) performs György Ligeti's Continuum (1968)

8:20pm - Pemi Paull (solo viola) performs György Ligeti's Sonata For Solo Viola, VI: Chaconne Cromatique (1991-1994)

8:25pm - Thomas Annand and Pemi Paull perform Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegle (1978)

8:35pm - 15min Intermission

8:50pm to 9:30pm - Warhol Dervish (string quartet) perform:

  • Richard Reed Parry's Quartet For Heart & Breath
  • Michael John Dubue's Abyssal Part Of My Ghost
  • Nachbush Nign (Arranged by Michael John Dubue) *Featuring Joshua ”Socalled” Dolgin
  • Bryce Dessner's Aheym



Michael John Dubue is a composer, arranger, musician, producer and sound technician. He tours and records with the bands Little Scream, Scattered Clouds and HILOTRONS. He also plays in Richard Reed Parry’s Heart & Breath Ensemble and is an arranger/collaborator/music director with Josh “Socalled” Dolgin. Mike is also a film and theatre composer and has scored six feature films, including Smash Cut (2009) and has contributed countless works to short films and other films, including Final Destination 3. Since 2006 Mike has completed numerous composition commissions for the Ottawa International Writer’s Fetsival, City Of Ottawa and the Library And Archives.


A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music, Pemi Paull is a true 21st century artist. Recently appointed president of the Canadian Viola Society in June 2016, Pemi is the founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish, an original and unorthodox chamber music collective based in Montreal, where he is also a member of two important new music ensembles, Bradyworks and SMCQ. Pemi has premiered numerous works for viola by composers including Scott Godin, Andre Ristic, Linda Catlin Smith, Rose Bolton, Emily Hall, and Nicolas Gilbert, Michael Oesterle, and Tim Brady. Pemi routinely collaborates with musicians outside of the classical world, such as Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, Chilly Gonzales, Patrick Watson, Lukas Ligeti, and has recorded with artists like Socalled, Barr Brothers, Hey Rosetta, to name a few. Pemi is also a member of the indie/rock/classical band, Plumes and the recently formed garage/new music band, Want Slash Need. In the sphere of historical performance, Pemi is a member of Ensemble Caprice, with whom he has recorded seven discs for Analekta, winning one Juno in the process, as well as Daniel Taylor's Theatre of Early Music.


Thomas Annand has been delighting audiences and critics alike with his multi-faceted talents as organist, harpsichordist and conductor for over 20 years. After completing studies with John Grew and Hank Knox at McGill University, Mr. Annand spent a year in Paris studying with Marie-Claire Alain and researching the works of Widor and Dupré at the Bibliothèque nationale. He was the First Prize Winner in the 1987 RCCO National Organ Competition. In 1992 he was appointed Director of Music at St. Andrew's Church, Ottawa and became the organist and harpsichordist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock and Pinchas Zukerman. In addition to the regular Sunday services at St. Andrew's, Thomas Annand presents a popular noon-hour recital every Tuesday throughout the year, and has recently overseen a complete restoration and re-voicing of the organ. In 2004 Thomas Annand was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and was awarded the Willan Scholarship and the Doreen Porter and Heather Spry Prizes for highest marks in the examinations. He is the President of the RCCO Ottawa Centre and was the conductor of the Capital BrassWorks for six seasons, recording two critically acclaimed recordings and performing at the RCCO National Convention. He has appeared regularly as a guest conductor of the Thirteen Strings Baroque Orchestra and is a frequent collaborator with Les Violons du Roy. A noted recitalist, he has been invited to perform as a soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the International Congress of Organists, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.


Founded in 2007, the Montreal-based Warhol Dervish is an unorthodox chamber music collective, gathering together some of the most interesting and creative musicians in Canada. Pioneers and visionaries, Warhol Dervish is made up of early-music HIPsters, new music specialists, ardent 19th century romantics, pop collaborators, rockstar wannabes, meditators and yogis who seek to move the chamber music concert experience through the 21st century. Warhol Dervish actively seeks to blur the lines that separate classical music from other styles, to rehearse as would a band, to collaborate with improvisers, to actively seek alternative performance spaces, to collaborate with and learn from artists in other media. Highlights in 2012 included performances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and the Festival International de Lanaudière. The musicians of Warhol Dervish draw on their professional experience working with artists and playing in ensembles as diverse as Ensemble Caprice, Arion, Ensemble Kore, Patrick Watson, Lhasa de Sela, Richard Reed Parry, Socalled, Suuns, Bradyworks, l’Ensemble de l’SMCQ, La La La Human Steps, Claude Lamothe, I Musici, Theatre of Early Music, and the OSM.


Josh “Socalled” Dolgin is a pianist, accordionist, producer, journalist, photographer, filmmaker, magician, cartoonist and puppet maker based in Montreal, Quebec. He has lectured and has led master classes in music festivals around the world, from Moscow to Paris, from London to LA, and from Krakow to San Francisco, and has performed on every continent. With 6 solo albums to his name, he has performed all over the world for more than 10 years, and his list of collaborators knows no generational, social, cultural nor religious boundaries. Aside from countless festivals and venues around the world, Socalled has performed at Carnegie Hall (twice!), the Olympia in Paris, the Apollo theatre in Harlem and the Arsht centre in Miami. He has played with, featured, recorded and arranged for Gonzales, Itzhak Perlman, Lhasa, Fred Wesley, Andy Statman, Adam Cohen, Boban Markovic, the Mighty Sparrow, Roxanne Shante, Irving Fields, Killah Priest, Matisyahu, Theodore Bikel, Enrico Macias and Derrick Carter... Dolgin was the subject of The Socalled Movie, a 2010 feature documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

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