I first met electronic music artist and photographer John Sellekaers in 2006, while he was living in Montreal. John proposed that we record a series of short percussion improvisations with a cross-section of different instruments, which he would later treat digitally and re-mix to create new pieces. The project was more or less shelved when […]

Pierre-Yves Martel – viola da gamba, objects; Ben Grossman – vielle à roue; Patrick Graham – percussion Improvisation is the very first music, and is powerful contemporary vehicle for the exploration of relationships of all kinds: aesthetic, cultural, personal, environmental, temporal, and more.  Pierre-Yves, Ben and Patrick bring with them a vast range of experience […]

On Sunday, December 16th, I’ll be joining two outstanding musicians, Ben Grossman and Pierre-Yves Martel, for an afternoon of activities under the theme of Improvisation: Ancient Impulse, Contemporary Practice. It will all take place at the Centre des musiciens du monde, in Montréal. 2pm WORKSHOP Improvisation: Ancient Impulse, Contemporary Practice. Improvisation is the very first music, and […]

September 6th, 7th and 8th, I participated in an amazing, very-large-scale percussion event called Rythmopolis. A production courageously headed by Fabrice Marandola, Michel G. Barette and the ensemble Sixtrum, Rythmopolis featured over 50 percussionists and artists in an urban, site-specific, multi-media spectacle. Massive sound & lighting rigs, video, several dozen stones, a few dozen flexatones, mobile […]

Summer 2018 is filled with a great deal of traveling for concerts with various incarnations of the ensemble Constantinople. On July 10th, we performed ‘Dalla Porta D’Oriente’ in the beautiful city of St-Gallen, Switzerland, with tenor Marco Beasley. Upcoming are performances with the outstanding clarinetist Kinan Azmeh in Sylvanès and Conques (both in France), July 22 […]

I am excited to be touring in Québec this month with Thomas Carbou and Erik Hove to launch Thomas’ latest trio album, ‘Directions’. The music is a blend of guitar, sax, percussion, loops and electronic sounds, improvisation and global influences. Added bonus: we’ll be touring with video projections as well. April 5 2018: Café Rouge, […]

The trip with Constantinople and Ablaye Cissoko to Adelaide, Australia and New Plymouth, New Zealand for WOMAD was a great success. After a concert in Toulouse, we flew east for the first stop at WOMADelaide 2018. Quite a thrill to be finally visiting Australia and performing at WOMAD, one of the world’s great festivals, under […]