Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey as its foundation—geographical journeys, but also historical, cultural and inner. It also seeks inspiration from all sources, and aims for distant horizons.
Inspired by the ancient city illuminating East and West, the ensemble was conceived as a forum for encounters and cross-fertilization in 1998, in Montreal. Since then, as seasoned travelers, the musicians of the ensemble have explored a wide range of musical avenues: from mediaeval manuscripts to contemporary aesthetics, from Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque.
In its research and creations, Constantinople joins forces with other leading figures on the international scene. The common denominator that Constantinople brings into play when merging different musical styles is their modal expression, but also their decidedly contemporary—and thus unifying—language.
Alongside its tours in Europe, Middle East and America, Constantinople presents every year a concert season in Montreal, featuring new works. Most of its productions have been recorded and broadcast by CBC/Radio-Canada, and some have been relayed to European audiences via the European Broadcasting Union. Constantinople has 16 albums to its credit on labels Analekta, Atma, World Village, Buda Musique et MaCase. The ensemble is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Over the course of the decade, the ensemble has created over 40 new works and travelled to nearly 125 cities in 25 countries.