Way of the wheel
Multi instrumentalist and composer, Quintin Bart has meticulously crafted his sound. Upon earning a degree from the University of Manitoba School of Music, he immersed himself in a life of music.
The young bass player relocated to Budapest to learn from and perform with the great Romani troupe, Romano Glaszo. Delving deep into the world of Romani cultures, Quintin returned home having written and arranged dozens of original compositions.
In 2012, Quintin re-aquainted himself with the Winnipeg music scene touting an inspired ear and a beat-up,100-year-old hurdy gurdy. His dedication to music had never been stronger.
He later returned to Europe on a hurdy gurdy pilgrimage, studying with the masters; Matthias Loibner, Tobie Miller, and Nigel Eaton.
Today, the 31-year-old continues to perform across Canada, both as a solo artist and with ensembles including CASATI, the Raine Hamilton String Trio, Bart House Band, Matt Foster, and Bach Duo Project (with Natanielle Felicitas) – his recognizable sound conjuring exotic imagery and a forgotten era.
Quintin is currently composing a series of neo-Baroque chamber works for hurdy gurdy, clarinet, violin, cello, and double bass. The quintet sound is seeped in expressive and eerie dreamscapes and fragmented by European Romani folksongs and old world fiddle tunes.
The Wheel speaks of change to come.
Mindful of cultural appropriation as a non-Romani musician inspired by Romani musics, I aim to convey the urgency for wide-ranging positive social change.
When we collectively abandon the mechanisms of racism, discrimination, and exploitation, our entire society will benefit.