Québec, 1968
Composer • Performer (invented instruments)

Jean-François Laporte pursues an hybrid approach integrating visual arts and sound exploration. Taking an intuitive approach to create music, Laporte learns art through concrete experimentation on soundmatter. He has written over 80 works that have been performed in Montréal, across Canada and all around the world. The composer received several awards from Opus, Luigi Russolo, and Citta’di Udine, and his company Productions Totem Contemporain has received the Music Award during the Grand prix du Conseil des Arts de Montréal.

For the past eighteen years, along with his activities as a composer, Jean-François has been developing and making new musical instruments (Tu-Yo, Bowl, FlyingCan, Siren Organ, Vibrating Membrane, Acoustic Oscillator, Tube, the Pipe, Sax-trunk,) which he integrates in his works and in his visual & sound installations using computerized and robotized controls. The composer is still very active in the creation of works for traditional instruments but very often used in a non-traditional manner.

Increasingly, his inventions are drawing attention in the theatrical and visual arts circles. Not only have they been the centerpieces of numerous tours they have opened up new opportunities in the areas of contemporary music and dance.

Jean-François Laporte is artistic director of Productions Totem Contemporain, an organization he founded in Montréal in 2003. He holds a doctorate degree in music Composition from University of Huddersfield (UK) with Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay.

The musical works of Jean-François Laporte are published on Babel Scores Edition.

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