Working mainly with electronic samplers, Diane Labrosse has a very personnal approach to sounds, exploring different textures and timbres and creating an abstract but evocative music. She is a regular on several different music scenes and has performed at internationally known festivals of musique actuelle, electronic, avant-garde and improvised music all over the world (Canada, USA, Europe, Japan, Australia).
Her most recent projects take different forms: Endangered Species, a sound and visual installation/performance based on obsolete objects such as rotary dial phones and ticking alarmclocks; Dactylotactiles, performance for 3 typewriters and live video (Sébastien Cliche); Petit Bestiaire, naïve songs for a quintet (texts by Guy Marchamps); Sagesse pratique, a series of miniature pieces based on proverbs and O.V.N.I., a sign language for an improvising orchestra of variable sizes.
As a composer, using conventionnal or graphic scores, she wrote for many different ensembles: Array Music and The Burdocks (Toronto), L’Ensemble SuperMusique and Espaces sonores illimités (Montréal), NOW Orchestra and 999 years of Music, (Vancouver). She also wrote for less conventionnal instruments, such as ship horns (Harbour Symphonies), train whistles, air bottles and toy pianos. She worked with director Robert Lepage and co-signed (with percussionist Michel F Côté) the music for two of his plays: La Géométrie des miracles and Zulu Time.
As sound designer, she created music for dance (Louise Bédard, Crystal Pite, Andrew Harwood, Marc Boivin, Deborah Dunn, Catherine Tardif, Harold Rhéaume, Richard Siegal), film (Montréal vu par…, Pendant que les arbres tombent, L’Entrevue, Plan de fuite) and radio (Le Navire Night, Les Décrocheurs d’étoiles) and theatre (Nuit d’orage, Je suis d’un would-be pays, Bliss, 38 Contes shakespiriens…).
She has created multimedia installations for Danish company Tura-ya-moya (in situ performances in an old chalk mine), and Scottish-based Theatre Cryptic (Wall of Secrets in situ installation for 20 speakers) as well as the Centre de Musique Canadienne (a sound garden playing ramdom sound tracks on surround speakers).
In 1980, she founded Productions SuperMémé/SuperMusique with Joane Hétu and Danielle P Roger. She remained Co-Artistic Director of this company presenting many concerts and events of innovative music from 1980 to 2008. With long-time colleagues Hétu and Roger she created the groups Wondeur Brass, Justine, and Les Poules. She collaborated with many musicians such as Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay, Michel F Côté, Martin Tétreault, Ikue Mori, Philippe Lauzier.
Her discography comprises more than 50 recordings mostly recorded on Montréal-based label Ambiances Magnétiques. She has received several grants from Canada Arts Council as well as Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Montréal (Québec), 1950
Residence: Montréal (Québec)
- Performer (sampler, accordion, voice)
On the web
May 19 – June 1, 2021Online event
March 4, 2015Montréal (Québec)
February 20, 2011Montréal (Québec)
September 19, 2008Quebec City (Québec)
September 18, 2008Quebec City (Québec)
February 24, 2007Montréal (Québec)
July 22, 2005Parthenay (Deux-Sèvres, France)
April 2, 2005Montréal (Québec)
April 1, 2005Montréal (Québec)
May 17, 2003Victoriaville (Québec)
February 14, 2003Quebec City (Québec)
November 26, 2000Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)