Monique Jean’s works reach out! They have been performed in concert in Arc-et-Senans, Aveiro, Belfast, Berkeley, Brussels, Cagliari, Crest, Fullerton, Kitchener, Lethbridge, London, Madrid, Manchester, Moncton, Montpellier, Montréal, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Quebec City, San Francisco, Santiago, Toronto, Valdivia, Victoria, Victoriaville and Winnipeg…
Be it electroacoustic music, mixed music, sound installations or improvisations, the music of Monique Jean is engaging a present that happens now. She focuses on the tensions, fractures, and shocks of sound materials to transmute reality into poetry. She works on sound materials as if they were complex organisms animated by forces that keep them in constant evolution.
Since 2012, in search of a harsh, raw sound, she has been integrating analogue and no-input elements to her set-up as sources of instability and unpredictability. This approach spawned the Volt series (started in 2015) and Dancing on the Edge of Darkness (2012), accompanied by a five-screen video by Monique Bertrand.
Her works have been selected by several competitions and performed and broadcast in several national and international concerts and festivals, including Multiphonies (Paris, France), Akousma (Montréal), Sonorities (Belfast, Northern Ireland), NYCEMF (New York, USA), The San Francisco Tape Music Festival (USA), Ai-maako (Santiago, Chile), and Elektra (Montréal). In 2012, she was invited for a residency at Fondation Civitella Ranieri in Umbertide (Italy).
Her recent album Greffes won the 2012-13 Opus Award for Best Album — Musique Actuelle & Electroacoustic Music awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM). A year later, her piece T.A.G. was nominated for the 2013-14 Opus Award for Premiere of the Year.
[English translation: François Couture, viii-18]
Caraquet (New Brunswick, Canada), 1960
Residence: Montréal (Québec)
On the web
March 14 – April 6, 2019Montréal (Québec)
February 1, 2019Montpellier (Hérault, France)
October 17, 2018Montréal (Québec)
August 25, 2018Montréal (Québec)
January 11, 2018Montréal (Québec)
January 6, 2018San Francisco (California, USA)
November 14, 2017Aveiro (Portugal)
April 20, 2017Montréal (Québec)
November 22, 2016Oslo (Norway)
November 19, 2016Manchester (England, UK)
April 28, 2016Montréal (Québec)
February 24, 2016Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada)