Resonances Boreales Concert
A dialogue between a man, his piano and the northern lights.
Conceived on tour, during a road trip to the Magdalene Islands where he would watch the clouds drift by, the far-fetched idea came true in September 2013. The pianist traveled to the shores of Prelude Lake, in the Northwest Territories, to witness the Northern lights, which he had never seen before, he put his creativity to the test to be the first to take up such a challenge.
With an upright piano anchored to the rock of the Canadian Shield, at the edge of the taiga, Zavada started improvising, inspired by one of the most spectacular and majestic phenomenas on Earth. In the company of photographer Sylvain Humbert, he spent two weeks composing new pieces that were then recorded in studio. The album Résonances boréales was released in February 2016. Co-produced by Carl Talbot and Ivan Zavada, the piano compositions reflects with sensibility the feeling we have under the northern lights in a very poetic way.
In September 2015, exactly two years later, Zavada returned to the scene of his creation. Along with Dominic St-Amant and Bruno Colpron, he repeated his experience of the extraordinary setting that had inspired him in order to create the very first immersive film to capture a 360-view of the northern lights in real time.
This 360 degree breathtaking show creates a visual environment in full symbiosis with Roman Zavada’s piano compositions and the Northern lights. This unique immersive experience brings the audience straight into the heart of the boreal forest above the 60th parallel. The stunning real-time images of the aurora boralis combined with the piano performance were acclaimed by the critics and the public during the last Montréal en lumières winter festival in February 2016. Sold out for more than 25 representations, this show is a must in the 360 degree community.