An extension of La Troupe, a mentoring and artistic community project founded by Artistic Director Christine Harel in 2009, QUAVARIA is a newly formed vocal quartet on Montreal’s art scene. La Troupe assembled four classically–trained professional singers, Antoni Carlone, composer/arranger/pianist, and eight amateur singers. In March 2010, its first production, Tin Pan Alley, was performed in front of a sold-out audience of 400 concertgoers. On the program: American popular music from the 1920s to the 1950s.
In 2011, the four professional singers and pianist founded QUAVARIA after discovering an interesting team spirit and an unusual musical chemistry. The ensemble reinvigorated Tin pan Alley with the addition of more jazz music and similar popular songs from the French repertoire.
Tin Pan Alley has already been performed on a few occasions, and it continues to evolve and adapt in different musical contexts.
In addition to the Tin Pan Alley project, QUAVARIA is currently producing a recording of vocal works by Quebec composer Michel Perrault, who died in February 2011.