Born in Montreal, Philippe Hode-Keyser studied classical percussion at Cégep de Saint-Laurent (Montreal) and jazz percussion at Creative Music Studio (New York) and at Concordia and McGill Universities (Montreal). His teachers were Barry Altschul, Karl Berger, Ed Blackwell, Jerome Cooper, Jack DeJohnette to name a few. In 1983, he obtained a BA and MA in Jazz Studies (New Paltz University State, Concordia Universities, McGill). He has performed alongside musicians such as Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Marc Couroux, Lori Freeman, Satoko Fujii, Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith and many others. He has taught jazz percussion at Cégep de Saint-Laurent (1976-2012), Cégep Marie-Victorin (1989-1993), Concordia University and Guelph University (Ontario). He founded and/or directed the large jazz ensemble of Cégep Saint-Laurent (1982-2012), the multidirectional ensemble CSL (2000-2005), Keyser-Couroux (1993-2012), Kappa (1996), Hodekestra I & II (2001-2005), Grand Jawaka (2015), Whiplash (2016), 333ToutArtBel (2017), Baird Hersey Project (2018), Third Stream (2019). From 1980 to 2012, he received numerous awards from the Canadian Stage Band Festival, Festival des Harmonies du Québec, Festival des Harmonies et Orchester Symphonique du Québec, Jazzfest des Jeunes du Québec, Musicfest Canada, National Association of Jazz Educators (Detroit) and several other. Since 2013, he has been studying philosophy at the University of Montreal.