ARIANE MOFFATT & GUESTS
Maison symphonique de Montréal
Concert presented by
OSM Pop Groupe Investors
Simon Leclerc, conductor
Ariane Moffatt, singer
Guest artists: Marie-Pierre Arthur and Alexandre Désilets
ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR OF THE OSM POP CONCERT SERIES AND ORCHESTRATOR
Simon Leclerc completed music studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and was soon initiated to a range of musical projects. He has performed as a pop vocalist with Céline Dion, as well as being involved in musicals, both as performer and creator (Gala, Les misérables and Dracula, for which he composed the music). Simon Leclerc has risen to become a much-sought-after arranger/orchestrator for artists on the Quebec scene, and is also a record producer. He has composed film soundtracks and music for documentaries and for television. With the OSM he has been in charge of symphonic concerts involving many artists, as well as the productions of Starmania, Notre-Dame de Paris and Starmania vs Notre-Dame de Paris. He also spent six years in Los Angeles, where he conducted the Paramount Pictures Orchestra for television series such as Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.
In 2005, Simon Leclerc led a series of symphonic concerts performed in Canada by Charles Aznavour. He is also the composer of the OSM-commissioned work Concerto pour animateur de radio et orchestre, conducted by Kent Nagano and featuring radio host René Homier-Roy. In 2011, he mounted an unusual musical allegory enabling listeners to immerse themselves in his personal creative world, Les synapses de Simon Leclerc, presented in the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts. After Vincent Vallières & Isabelle Boulay, he again conducted the OSM in concerts with Mes Aïeux and Plume Latraverse in June of 2013, and with Cœur de pirate and Adam Cohen in October of the same year. In the spring of 2014, he led the OSM in Coup de chapeau aux Belles-soeurs and subsequently, with the group Les Trois Accords, Mika, Jean-Pierre Ferland, and Florence K. In the fall of 2015 he conducted concerts with Kevin Parent and Jim Cuddy, in addition to collaborating on the show L’OSM soul. Leclerc concluded the 2016 season in grand style, leading the Orchestra in three sold-out concerts with Patrick Bruel.
In September 2016, Simon Leclerc orchestrated and conducted the concert of Roch Voisine with Jean-François Breau and Patrick Norman. He was commissioned by the OSM to compose a work for four bassoons and one contrabassoon, whose world premiere will be given during the OSM’s Classical Spree in August of 2017.
AUTHOR AND SINGER-SONGWRITER
“To enter houses
Without a key, without breaking in “
To enter into communion
These words are taken from the book i(ma)ges & réflexions by Ariane Moffatt, launched in 2013 and surveying her meteoric rise and entrance into the homes and hearts of millions of fans, “without a key and without breaking in”.
Since the release of Aquanaute in 2002, the name Ariane Moffatt has become inseparable from contemporary Francophone popular song. Her chiaroscuro voice captivated audiences, her approach to controversial topics hit the mark, and the album picked up three Félix awards at the ADISQ Awards in the categories Discovery of the Year, Album of the Year—Pop/Rock, and Album Producer of the Year. Le cœur dans la tête, launched in 2005, featured innovative fleeting sounds mingled with coarse rhythms, and that album garnered two more Félix awards for Moffatt, including Female Singer of the Year.
Ariane Moffatt is a natural in the recording studio, but she is also an endlessly generous artist on stage. Her contagious energy was captured live on the DVD Ariane Moffatt à la station C (2005). The album Tous les sens, released in 2008, is a perfect blend of groove and compelling tunes that mark the imagination, and was showered with prizes: four Félix awards including Album of the Year—Pop/Rock and Song of the Year; a Juno for Best Francophone Album of the Year; the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles-Cros; and a nomination at the Victoires de la musique in the category Révélation scène de l’année (Group or Artist Stage Revelation of the Year).
Three years after the release in 2012 of MA, a bilingual album combining organicity and sensuality with top-flight electronic sampling, this author and singer-songwriter continued her path with 22h22, a dreamlike pop album where inner and outer worlds meet, produced in close collaboration with Jean-Phi Goncalves. It also garnered a Félix for Album of the Year.
Singer-songwriter Marie-Pierre Arthur is known for her contagiously energetic rock music performances and deft mastery of catchy melodies. Her third album, Si l’aurore (Simone Records, 2015) is inspired by soft rock and blue-eyed soul rhythms that illuminate her intimate and melancholy lyrics. François Lafontaine produced the album, and she and Gaële wrote the lyrics together. Also a bass guitarist, in addition to producer Lafontaine she reconnected with earlier collaborators Robbie Kuster, Louis-Jean Cormier, Olivier Langevin, and José Major, while bringing in new contributions from Joe Grass, Nicolas Basque, Sam Joly, and Guillaume Doiron.
Marie-Pierre Arthur has won numerous distinctions with all her albums. Marie-Pierre Arthur (2009) and Aux alentours (released in 2012 both in Quebec and on the Polydor label in France) garnered ADISQ Awards nominations in 2009, 2012, and 2014, and the latter was also nominated for a Juno Award in 2013 as well as for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2012. Si l’aurore was crowned Album of the Year—Adult Contemporary at the ADISQ Gala in 2015, and nominated for another Juno Award the same year.
Alexandre Désilets’s unique voice is both an instrument and a source of creative inspiration. His poetry magnifies the music and injects beauty into darkness. His songs are sublimated pain turned into offbeat celebrations, strung together and interlocking, conveyed in intimate or full-blown pop style, always touching the heart and sometimes leaving its mark upon it.
Over time, through his creations this author and singer-songwriter has explored other disciplines, bringing movement into his body of works (Danse Lhasa danse, PPS Danse, 2011) in support of the artist who thinks, moves, and feels. Three albums are the result of this impulse: Escalader l’ivresse (2008); La garde (2010); and Fancy Ghetto (2013), each one reaffirming his vibrant talent and increasingly defined artistic identity.
Désilets’s expanding career path is strewn with prizes and distinctions (Festival de la chanson de Granby, GAMIQ, ADISQ, Prix Félix-Leclerc, etc.), and today, at the summit of his art, he masters the stage as very few can, deploying consummate sensitivity and agility.
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