Journey to the Heart of Strings: Guitar, kora and voice
Entre guitare, kora et voix: un voyage au coeur des cordes
Stephen and Marlène unify the warmth of the guitar and crystal timbres of the kora in this project which navigates the diverse realms of folk and classical music. Hybridizing their unique styles and energies, they offer the listener an intimate musical voyage where two voices and instruments feed off each other, entering into a beautiful symbiosis.
Stephen et Marlène réunissent le son chaleureux de la guitare au timbre cristallin de la kora dans ce projet à l'intersection entre musique folk et classique. Jumelant leurs styles et énergies, ils offrent un voyage musical intime où deux voix et deux instruments s'alimentent, rentrant en symbiose.
Video, Nymph's Lament
Marlène Demers-‐Lemay is a classical guitarist from Quebec, active
as a soloist and a chamber musician. In 2011 she released her first solo recording, “25” through the publishing house Les productions
d’Oz, which is presenting twenty‐five original pieces written specially
for the project by twenty-five different composers.
Marlène has been awarded several scholarships and prizes, amongst others a scholarship from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec in 2013 and a scholarship from University Pablo
de Olavide in 2017. Marlène graduated from University of Ottawa in
2012 and completed in June 2015 her master's degree at the Conservatory of Italian Swizerland in Lugano under the supervision of guitarist Lorenzo Micheli. She completed in June 2017 a second master's in performance at University Pablo de Olavide, in Spain.
Based in Montreal where she teaches, she is currently pursuing a
doctorate in performance at the University of Montreal. She will be
recording her second solo album next spring with the Spanish label
Stephen Fuller is a singer song-writer, kora player and multi-instrumentalist based in Newmanville, Ontario. He has apprenticed with a wide range of musicians, including Senegal/Montreal griot Zal Idrissa Sissokho, Acadian bard and traveller Maurice “Bear” Leger, and Grammy-Award winning kora player Toumani Diabate.
In 2017 he released his first solo studio album “colibri!”, which was produced in Montreal and features more than a dozen musicians as well as field recordings from travels in Mauritania and Trinidad. His unique compositions are ever-shifting stylistic hybrids, always rooted in a text-driven folk style.
Stephen’s warm, rooted voice resonates with honesty and his kora playing is a mesmerizing weave coloured by flurries of improvisation reminiscent of a hummingbird’s passing.