ARCHITEK PERCUSSION is a Montreal-based quartet specializing in the performance of experimental, minimalist, multi-disciplinary, crossover, and electroacoustic chamber music. Founded in early 2012, the quartet has quickly established itself as a dynamic force in Canada’s vibrant new music community; equally comfortable in performing classic repertoire and exploring new terrain through commissions and premieres. In addition to self producing concerts in Montreal, Architek regularly tours and appears across Canada and internationally. Recent appearances include New Music Edmonton, live@CIRMMT, PASIC, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Virée Classique (OSM), Innovations en Concert, Cluster Festival (Winnipeg), the Music Gallery (Toronto), nu:nord (UK/Norway), and the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax). In addition, Architek has toured with support from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Debut Atlantic, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Jeunesses Musicales Canada.
Architek has commissioned and/or premiered over 40 works by composers from Canada, France, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, USA, and the UK. Several of these commissions have led to commercial recording projects, of which Architek appears on five: Bookburners (Nicole Lizée / Centrediscs, 2014), A Boat Upon its Blood (Jason Sharp / Constellation Records, 2016), Metatron (Eliot Britton / Ambiances Magnétiques, 2017), Katana of Choice (Ben Reimer / Redshift Records, 2017), and The Privacy of Domestic Life (Architek Percussion / Centrediscs, 2017). Architek’s diverse regular repertoire is at once engaging and challenging for audiences, and is presented in a manner inspired by the quartet’s belief that given proper context, no audience member should feel alienated by the nature of a performance of contemporary art music.
Architek Percussion is Ben Duinker, Mark Morton, Ben Reimer, and Alessandro Valiante.
BEN DUINKER pursues a dual career in performance and academics. As a solo percussionist he has won prizes in the OSM Standard Life Competition, PASIC Solo Percussion Competition, and the Prix D’Europe. His playing has been described as displaying “breath-holding physical grace” (Chronicle Herald) and as “revealing exceptional dexterity and precision” (La Presse). Duinker holds a Master of Music (percussion) from McGill University, where he currently works toward a SSHRC-funded PhD in Music Theory. His doctoral research investigates the role of rhythm and metre in the construction, performance, and perception of the rapped vocals of hip-hop music. www.benduinker.com
MARK MORTON has established himself as dynamic chamber musician with great versatility, having collaborated with several Canadian contemporary classical musicians. Mark was a finalist in the 2015 OSM Manulife Competition, and was featured in 2016 as part of CBC Music’s “30 hot classical musicians under 30”. Mark holds a Master of Music from McGill University, where he studied orchestral and chamber percussion with Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. During his time at McGill, Mark developed an affinity for the music of John Cage and the use of non-traditional and novelty instruments in percussion writing. Mark also holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Dalhousie University. Mark enjoys performing with orchestral ensembles as a freelancer, and with a variety of military ensembles as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Winnipeg-born percussionist BEN REIMER has established himself as a leading figure in contemporary drumset performance. Commissioning solo works by composers from around the world, he has notably premiered four concertos by Nicole Lizée and his album “Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist” will be available soon on Redshift Records. He has been featured in such events as the Bang On A Can Marathon (NYC), Winnipeg International New Music Festival, Music on Main, PuSh Festival (Vancouver) and Innovations En Concert (Montreal). Ben is also a member of Chow/Reimer Duo (Vicky Chow, piano), and Montreal’s Want Slash Need. www.benreimer.com
ALESSANDRO VALIANTE has been immersed in his native Montreal’s beautiful and diverse culture since birth. He is a versatile percussionist, active in genres ranging from chamber music, rock, musical theatre, world music, to hip-hop. Valiante was a featured soloist in the Random Walks Xenakis Festival (Toronto) and has frequently collaborated with Sixtrum (Montreal). He holds a bachelor and master of music performance from McGill University, where he established himself as a specialist in the chamber repertoire of Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, and John Cage and worked with a diverse set of composers including Vinko Globokar and Thierry De May. www.alessandrovaliante.com
Architek Percussion uses Vic Firth sticks and mallets on Sabian cymbals and Yamaha instruments.