Ventus Machina
Region: New Brunswick
Genre: Classical

Formed in 2011 and based in Dieppe, the woodwind quintet Ventus Machina has become a major player on the east coast classical music scene. Our flexible and unique style of performance—focused on themed programs that at once engage, entertain, and educate—continues to attract and delight our increasingly diverse audiences. We function fully in both French and English, and all members of the group are Canadian citizens and residents of New Brunswick. Through educational outreach performances and workshops the quintet reaches thousands of New Brunswick students each year. We self produce an annual summer tour, and offer both a week long “Wind Masters’ Workshop” for students aged 12-22, and an adult chamber music retreat. Ventus Machina is a feature of Symphony New Brunswick’s popular ‘Virtuoso Series’ of chamber concerts, presenting three unique programs each season. Classically based, we make regular excursions into other genres, including jazz, opera, Latin and pop, challenging ourselves and surprising our audiences. The members of Ventus Machina are: Karin Aurell, flute - originally from Sweden, she brings a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience; Christie Goodwin, oboe – hailing from Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country; James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone - renowned woodwind doubler and a professor at Mount Allison University; Ulises Aragon, horn – a soloist and all-round superstar transplanted from Venezuela’s famous Simon Bolivar Orchestra; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon – with a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’, a lot of humour, and wide-ranging performing experience, Patrick brings boundless energy to the quintet.