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COMPOSER LOUIS BABIN TO CREATE COLLECTIVE WORK WITH FACE STUDENTS TO MARK SCHOOLíS 35 th ANNIVERSARY

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MONTREAL, NOVEMBER  9, 2009-   The FACE School music department has asked noted musician Louis Babin to compose a collective work with Grade 10 and 11 students to be presented June 4, 2010 at celebrations honouring the school’s 35th anniversary. This promises to reflect the high level of creativity and performance skills expected of Quebec’s School Reform program.

Mr.  Babin is a  multi-talented artist who focuses primarily on composition and teaching. He has written diversely for film, television, concert, theatre and song and is known for his teaching abilities and unparalleled technical skills, using the latest music technologies which enables him to compose with precision and speed.

Mr. Babin will act as a composer in residence. Students will meet with him to suggest motifs and explore the music creation process. Together they will work to integrate these musical ideas into the finished composition. In collaborating in this manner, Mr.  Babin hopes to help students familiarize themselves with a composer’s work process.

The FACE School orchestra performed Mr. Babin’s work Suite du promeneur last summer as part of the Eurochestries European Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival.
 “The collaboration of Louis Babin, well known for both his composing and teaching skills, is a great way for our students to gain practical experience in the process of musical creation,”  said FACE School music teacher Catherine Bouchard.

Mr. Babin himself is looking forward to the project.  “I believe it’s crucial to demystify composing and make it accessible to students,” he says.  “Through our shared experimentation, I hope they will get a taste of how music is created and a clearer perspective on the often obscure role of the composer.” 

FACE  SCHOOL
Founded in 1975, FACE (Fine Arts Core Education) is a bilingual school receiving students from pre-kindergarten through Secondary V. Enrollment currently numbers upwards of 1,400. Located in the heart of Montreal, a city where art is held in high esteem, FACE is known for its fine arts program, built around four components - vocal music, instrumental music, plastic arts and theatre - taught from first year elementary through Grade 11. For more information go to http://face.csdm.qc.ca/face_english.

LOUIS BABIN
For more information about Louis Babin see his new website at  www.louisbabin.com.

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Contact:

Catherine Bouchard             or                    Louis Babin
FACE School                                                 514-795-8302
514-350-8899 ext 8005                                   louisbabin@louisbabin.com
face.instru@hotmail.fr



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca