The music department’s percussive ensemble will be divided into three groups of three musicians dispersed in different spots throughout the park. Wood and metal will be used as well as whistles and other accessories to create a sound that melds with nature. This commissioned work composed by Richard Gibson is entitled Sylviphonie.
A percussionist, Michel Deschênes obtained his Bachelor of music in performance from the Université de Moncton. He then continued his studies at McGill University. In October 2010 he received his Master’s in Education from the Université de Moncton. Founding member of the percussive quartet Amerythme, he toured throughout Canada, France and Belgium. In March 2010, Michel directed the world premier of a symphony for 24 percussionnists composed by Richard Gibson. Percussion professor for the music department at the Université de Moncton since 1986, he also teaches at Mount Allison University. He is a member of faculty for the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and is part of Avahang, an Iranian music group with Dariush Zarbafian.