Formed in 2011, the New Brunswick-based woodwind quintet Ventus Machina has quickly become a major player on Canada’s east coast classical music scene. Their flexible and dynamic style of performance—often presenting themed programs that at once engage, entertain, and educate—continues to attract and delight increasingly diverse audiences. Classically based and uncompromising in artistic quality, Ventus Machina makes regular excursions into other genres including jazz, opera, Latin and pop, challenging themselves and surprising their audiences.
Fall 2017 was a very busy and successful time for Ventus Machina, with tours in Ontario and to all corners of New Brunswick. Their latest album, In the Weeds, was launched in September 2017 and is nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Album of the Year. A work commissioned for Ventus Machina and recorded on the disc—Martin Kutnowski’s Tonadas y Mateadas—also received an ECMA nomination and was released in the form of an extended music video in early 2018.
In addition to their many performances Ventus Machina presents two summer workshops each year; the week-long Wind Masters’ Workshop for students aged 12-22, and a chamber music retreat weekend for adults. During the school year they are found actively engaging in community outreach through their own initiatives and through partnerships with Symphony New Brunswick, Resurgo Place Museum, and the Riverview Arts Center. Individually they teach students at all levels, including at Mount Allison University and the University of Moncton.
The members of Ventus Machina are:
Karin Aurell, flute – originally from Sweden, she brings a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience;
Christie Goodwin, oboe – hailing from Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country;
James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone—renowned woodwind doubler and a professor at Mount Allison University;
Patrick Bolduc, bassoon – with a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’, a lot of humour, and wide-ranging performing experience, Patrick brings boundless energy to the quintet.
Ulises Aragon, French horn – having transplanted his family to New Brunswick from Venezuela, this horn soloist and orchestra principal adds his beautiful voice to the mix.