Janelle Lucyk

Nova Scotia / Québec / Rwanda / Iran

Discover the new compositions of Janelle Lucyk (Nova Scotia) who is accompanied for this innovative project by outstanding musicians from different traditions of the world, Deo Munyakazi (Rwanda), Kerry Bursey (Québec) and Reza Abaee (Iran) 

Janelle Lucyk is a leader among an emerging generation of Canadian artists specializing in historically informed performance, taking ideas from conception to the stage.  In fall 2022, she was invited by legendary organist Xaver Varnus to perform at his two sold out performances in Hungary, including at the spectacular Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest. Janelle is the artistic director of Ménestrel, her early music ensemble with Kerry Bursey, and together their interpretations have been praised for being closer to what songs would have sounded like back in time. In December 2022, Ménestrel toured a new production of Handel’s Messiah which congregated 21 emerging performers from across Canada to be featured across Nova Scotia. Janelle is Artistic & Administrative Director of Musique Royale (est. 1985), a music presenter based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia which enriches historic spaces through the sharing of world class early music, and more.  Last year included concerts in over forty different venues across the spectacular maritime province. 


Deo Munyakazi – inanga & vocals 

Janelle Lucyk – voix & violon    

Kerry Bursey – luth & théorbe  

Reza Abaee – gheychak