Montréal (Québec), 2012
Performer (choir)

Founded in 2012 and directed by Joane Hétu, Chorale Joker is an a cappella choir comprising a dozen vocalists. This unconventional vocal ensemble explores vocal texture and timbre; rhythmic motifs; sound poetry; and extramusical sounds like breath, babbling, and mouth noise. Chorale Joker is invested in marginal sounds, peripheral territories, and the spaces between the tones of conventional choir singing, and does so not through established repertoire, but by inventing its own language to suit. Joane Hétu guides the singers through improvisation and aleatoric music with a variety of conducting gestures, while leaving considerable space for the performers’ imagination.