Laval (Québec), 1958
Composer

Born in 1958 in Laval, Quebec, for 30 years composer Michel A Smith has been working in the theatrical and multidisciplinary field. His work J’M’en sax, instrumental theatre for sound artefacts and Sax quartet, featuring the Quasar Saxophone Quartet won an Opus prize for “concert de l’année musique actuelle, électroacoustique”. His highly original approach belongs to the electroacoustic and multi-disciplinary current … With l’ensemble KAREL, founded in 1992, Smith devised sound and visual installations allowing space for improvisation. For his performances, he uses video and unusual self-invented instruments. Particularly versatile, he created original sound designs for numerous plays, operas, films and television programmes. In the theatre, he has assiduously collaborated with directors including Julie Vincent, Louis Karl Tremblay, Chocolat the clown, André Brassard, René-Daniel Dubois, Robert Lepage, Alice Ronfard, Lorraine Pintal, René Richard Cyr and Serge Denoncourt. The sound atmospheres which he imagines, often dominated by the personal use of traditional instruments, manage to marry creations with very diverse styles. He holds a Master’s degree in composition from the l’Université de Montréal Faculty of Music and has been guest professor there. Smith also worked with the Cirque du Soleil and on music for blockbuster shows. Passionate about new sound technologies, Michel Smith is a creator and designer ever with the wind in his sails.

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