Montreal’s live music
The MMFA gets a giant musical aviary
In addition to the one million people that pass through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) every year, 70 live zebra finches are visiting now through March 27 for from here to ear v.19 by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. The Canadian premiere of the installation will transform the MMFA’s Contemporary Art Square into a gigantic musical aviary featuring 14 electric guitars, cymbals and songbirds native to central Australia. When the finches flitter on the strings and perch on the guitars, pre-recorded blues, rock and heavy-metal chords will play through amplifiers. Twenty-five visitors can tour the space at a time. Vets will check the birds regularly. The exhibit has been presented more than a dozen times — New York, Paris and Brisbane — but the Montreal show will be one of the largest versions created by the Nice-born artist. Ages 31 and up $20; ages 13 to 30 $12. tel: (514) 258-2000; mbam.qc.ca.
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