Composed of Mélanie Barney, a pianist who has a degree from Conservatoire de Montréal, Robert Len, multi-instrumentalist who holds a degree from Concordia University and another from Université de Montréal, and Carole Meneghel, a violinist who has a degree from Conservatoire de Montréal, with, sometimes, guests artists like double bass player Christophe Papadimitriou, who holds a degree from Concordia University.
DANZA is playing some pieces that are often well-known and always exciting. A mix of tangos nuevos and gipsy music, a mix of intensity and very festive virtuosity! A wonderful interaction of the musicians with the audience, a touch of humour, a show that makes people happy! The audience has a lot of fun, is impressed with the quality of the performers and is always standing up, at the end of the show!
DANZA's first eponymous CD has been launched on April 29, 2011, and the group has made its first tour in France in July 2011, which was hailed and acclaimed by critics and the general public.
iLenKa is an ensemble of varying dimensions (2 to 6 musicians) based on multi-instrumentalist Robert Len and violinist Carole Meneghel.
iLenKa is a multidisciplinary spectacle whose cornerstone is the music composed by Robert Len and the screenings and scenarios created by Carole Meneghel. iLenKa's music, sometimes sweet, sometimes virtuoso, sometimes cinematographic, combines the violin's warmth with many surprising instruments from around the world, and is featuring a mixing of world music with influences of lounge and jazz, which is characterised by its subtlety and a wide range of emotions.
It moves the audience from laughter to tears, and their emotions are exacerbated with visual effects, screenings, components of theatre, costumes and prop. Almost all forms of art are represented here: music, cinema, theatre and photography.
The audience leaves the theatre, feeling they have lived a truly unique experience, sometimes comical, always fascinating, touching and memorable.
The effective staging and the lighting design have been produced by Aimé Chartier. The Chante-Joie Choir can join iLenKa for the two last pieces of the program.
iLenKa's first eponymous CD has been launched on November 9, 2011 in Montreal, under the Apollonia label. The iLenKa show has been premiered at the Studio-Théâtre of Place des Arts on April 20, 2012 in its trio version, with percussionist Gérald Bissonnette. iLenKa has just been invited to perform at the Draperie, in the Roubaix "Quartier des Arts", in the north of France.
Robert Len, who holds a Bachelor degree in trumpet from Concordia University, a Master's degree in trumpet from Université de Montréal and a Certificate in education from UQAM, has an impressive track record. He has played many times at the Montreal International Jazz Festival (with the Millenium Orchestra Big Band, Colin James, Oliver Jones, Barclay Road, Shirley Basset and Diane Schurr). He has also played in the Montreal's Olympic Stadium (with Orchestre Métropolitain) and at the Toronto Jazz Festival (with the Dennis Christiansen Big Band). With this ensemble, he has also toured Western Canada and Europe.
He has appeared on television (on CFCF with Ranee Lee and Buddy Greco, among others), and has an extensive discography.
Over the years, Robert Len has developed a passion for multi-ethnic instruments, particularly for countless flutes and percussions. The music he creates, in which passion, fieriness, freedom and zen spirit become entangled, is especially appealing.