NO HAY BANDA is a Montreal-based non-profit organization committed to the production, performance, and promotion of live musical events rooted in exploratory and avant-garde practices. NO HAY BANDA organizes a series of concerts throughout the year in Montreal, aiming to provide a space for artists working on the fringes of established genres to realize projects that would not take place otherwise. Presented with the support of Suoni Per Il Popolo, programs are designed to broaden and challenge the musical experience of the audience, showcasing the work of the young avant-garde that takes its roots in pop/rock, DIY culture and post-war experimentation.

NO HAY BANDA seeks to promote music born of a generation that sees no barriers between musical genres, theatre, performative arts and contemporary culture. We view the concert space not as a museum for the reproduction of historical works, but rather as a space full of potential to be exploited, shaped, and transformed to serve the presentation of new and stimulating artistic ventures.

In addition to programming a diverse range of Canadian and international artists, NO HAY BANDA hosts and commissions composers to create new works in close collaboration with a core group of Montreal-based musicians associated with the organization. These works can then be toured and performed by the group outside of Montreal, promoting and contributing to the reciprocal exchange that is so important within the international artistic community.

NO HAY BANDA was founded in 2016 by three Montreal-based musicians: Daniel Áñez, Noam Bierstone, and Geneviève Liboiron. Concerts are generally held Monday evenings at La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), a beautiful room located in a historic Montreal building.

scapegoat is an experimental saxophone and percussion duo. Close creative collaboration and multi-media projects form the basis of their pursuit for artistic innovation and expression. Programmes are designed to broaden and challenge the musical experience of the audience, through original works featuring live electronics, performer-controlled sonic and visual amplification, video and lighting design, and improvisation.

Formed in Paris in 2013 by Australian saxophonist Joshua Hyde and Canadian percussionist Noam Bierstone, scapegoat has performed in France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, the US & the UK. They have completed residencies at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, Western Front (Vancouver), New York University, Monash University (Melbourne), the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), Spread Art (Detroit) & the University of Liverpool, and have performed at festivals and venues including Ultima (Oslo), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstadt Ferienkurse, City University (London), Constellation (Chicago), Infuse (Paris), Spectrum (New York), Kompakt (Zurich), IGNM Basel, Unerhörte Musik (Berlin), NO HAY BANDA (Montreal), the Grant Street Theatre (Melbourne), Deep Blue (Vancouver), and Open Ears (Kitchener).

Check out scapegoat’s two recent releases:

New Focus Recordings: scapegoat / Mauricio Pauly / Santiago Díez-Fischer / Renee Gladman / Regina Stelzer

KAIROS: Perluigi Billone / scapegoat / Distractfold