For several years I’ve been collecting re-usable items based on their sound potential. Finally this July, I found the time to put them to good use and build a few small recycled percussion instruments, using keys and plastic bottle-caps. This key-chime is the second one I built. I used three sizes of plastic jar caps […]

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In December, I worked with composer Robert M. Lepage on a the soundtrack for the powerful new documentary film ‘Advocate’. Advocate – A documentary by Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche – Official Trailer from Filmoption International on Vimeo. Robert works in an extremely intuitive fashion and it’s real pleasure and a challenge to be […]

Traversées is the latest release featuring the on-going collaboration between the Senegalese griot Ablaye Cissoko and Montreal-based group Constantinople. The album was released earlier in 2019 and I’m so happy to share that it has received a glowing 5-star review in the world-music magazine Songlines: ‘One of the most beautiful discs of the year so […]

I spent these past 10 days on the road with the Constantinople project ‘Dalla Porta D’Oriente’. We performed concerts in Québec, Victoria, Montréal and Ottawa. We also spent three intense days at the wonderful Banff Centre for the Arts recording the music of the project for a upcoming CD. ‘Dalla Porta D’Oriente’ is a collection […]

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 […]