Forestare — the 12 to 15 member ensemble of young classical guitarists ¬who burst onto the Montreal music scene in 2002 — returns with their latest ATMA recording. Arauco is the fruit of a richly inspiring cultural and musical exchange in 2008 between the members of Forestare and the Chilean Guitar Ensemble. The title work by award-winning Chilean composer Javier Farias is inspired by Chile’s epic poem La Araucana, and pays homage to Amerindian resistance, north and south, and to the flowering of their cultures. Québec composers Raphaël Reed and Pascal Sasseville Quoquochi contribute nature-inspired works, and ensemble member François Gauthier’s piece Mille Pattes rounds out the program.
Forestare’s self-titled debut ATMA CD garnered rave reviews and won the 2007 AQISQ award. The ensemble has dazzled audiences in Quebec and elsewhere, including the Lanaudière festival, the Festival international de jazz de Montréal, and the Festival international de guitare de Nérac. Forestare won two prizes at the Rideau showcase in 2008, which allowed the ensemble to embark on a 40-date tour of Quebec. Commissioning compositions and building bridges between song and classical guitar are priorities for the ensemble. To that end, Forestare has shared the stage with Richard Desjardins, Catherine Major, Samian, Elisapie Isaac, Alexandre Désilets, and Claire Pelletier.
Christophe Rodriguez - Le Journal de Montréal - 10 March 2012