June 11 2018

Ensemble Âstân and Ramon Chicharron Win the Eighth Diversity in Music Award

Montréal, June 11, 2018 – Congratulations to the two collectives Ensemble Âstân and Ramon Chicharron, who won the eighth edition of the Diversity in Music Award given out by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and its partners! The Diversity in Music Award pays tribute to the wide range of musical expressions found in Montréal and promotes the careers of musicians representative of Montréal’s cultural diversity.


Ramon Chicharron et Ensemble Âstân. Photo: Alex Paillon


To better address the needs of artists and the arts community, the award was divided into two sub-categories this year. Ensemble Âstân took the honours in the “Exploration based on an established musical tradition” component, while Ramon Chicharron was selected as the winner in “Creation based on new or emerging forms of music.” The Surkalén and Jeunesse Cosmique collectives were also finalists for the Diversity in Music Award. With this change, the prize rewards not just one but two collectives by providing support for artistic creation, production, recording and dissemination over a one-year period.

The jury particularly appreciated Ensemble Âstân’s works for the skill and finesse of its musicians, the group’s cohesion and the merit of its artistic approach inspired by the Shâhnâmeh or Book of Kings, a Persian poem from the 11th century. Ramon Chicharron stood out for his danceable and socio-politically engaged music drawing on African-Colombian rhythms, the musicians’ on-stage charisma, and their proficiency with their respective instruments as they interpret the group’s modern and easy musical stylings.

The new formula of the Diversity Awards was made possible by the support of the program’s long-term partners, Radio-Canada, Vision Diversité, Place des Arts and Arte Musica, joined this year by the Centre des musiciens du monde and Mundial Montréal.

2018 Diversity in Music Award for Ensemble Âstân
• One-week creative residency at the Centre des musiciens du monde (including artistic coaching)
• Participation in the musical activities presented by Arte Musica at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
• Two-day recording session at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Studio 12 or two days of media communication training provided by CBC/Radio-Canada
• Free passes for the 8th edition of Mundial Montréal (professional accreditation) and visibility (on the website and social media)
• Performance in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts
• Dissemination of the concert as part of Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée 2019-2020

2018 Diversity in Music Award to Ramon Chicharron
• Encounters with Montréal audiences through two Conseil des arts de Montréal 2019-2020 tours
• Support and participation in signature moments of MUZ 2018, the world music showcase presented by Vision Diversité
• Show in the Mardis métissés 2018-2019 series presented by Vision Diversité at Théâtre Outremont
• Two-day recording session at CBC/Radio-Canada’s Studio 12 or two days of media communication training provided by CBC/Radio-Canada
• Free passes for the 8th edition of Mundial Montréal (professional accreditation) and visibility (on the website and social media)
• Performance in Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts
• Dissemination of the concert as part of Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée 2019-2020

About the Conseil des arts de Montréal
A dynamic partner of artistic creativity in Montreal, the Conseil des arts de Montréal identifies, supports and recognizes excellence and innovation in the creation, production and presentation of professional artistic endeavours. It encourages experimentation, discovery and daring at the heart of Montreal’s artistic landscape, thanks to its initiatives that stimulate emerging and culturally diverse artists. Since 1956, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been an influential player in the development of “Montreal, Cultural Metropolis.”