The Agassiz Chamber Music Festival is in full swing with concerts at
Eckhardt-Grammaté Hall and Crescent Fort Rouge Church.
Marleyn has been the artistic director of the festival since the beginning, in 2000, despite having moved to Ottawa, where he is a cello professor at the University of Ottawa.
SCENE decided it was time to get to know Marleyn better with some fast questions:
Where's the first place you go when you return to Winnipeg and why?
go to the Tall Grass Prairie Bakery on Westminster because its quite
simply the best bakery in the world. I order bread, cookies and cinnamon
buns! I've asked them to open a branch in Ottawa, but they refuse!
Name your favourite Winnipeg landmark and why.
Paul Marleyn, cellist
love the tiny gardens that people cultivate on the sidewalks in
Wolseley - they show two of Winnipeg's exceptional qualities - of living
close to the earth plus the strength and richness of the community.
You're celebrating the 150th anniversary of Debussy at this year's festival. What does his music mean to you?
His music is delicious - it tastes so pleasurable, like French food.What do you hope the audience at this year's festival will most appreciate about Debussy?
His poetry - the way he can transport the listener to beautiful places.
If you weren't a musician, what would you be?
I'd be an animal environmentalist in Africa, or a cello maker.If you got caught in an elevator and had 6 floors to convince someone to come to the Agassiz festival, what would you say?
say, hearing world class chamber music is one of the great experiences
that life can offer, and that's what we offer at Agassiz.
I deeply believe that one doesn't need
anything but an open heart to be moved and transported by chamber music,
when it's played fabulously (the quality of the music and the artists
is the key!) Chamber music, or as I prefer to call it, art music, is for
Come - you will love it!